(January 24, 2017) --

Alabama Trustee Implementation Group held it's first of two public meetings at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Tuesday, January 17 to gather comment on the recently released Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

The restoration activities proposed in ATIG's plan will compensate the public for lost recreational shoreline use opportunities in Alabama caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The draft restoration plan evaluates ten alternatives, including the no action alternative, and proposes six preferred alternatives to restore lost recreational use opportunities in Alabama, with a total estimated cost of $70.7 million.

The second public meeting was held Wednesday, January 18 at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores.  

Comments can be submitted online or mailed to:

NOAA Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center
Attn: Alabama Recreational Use Restoration Plan
7344 Zeigler Blvd
Mobile, AL 36608

Comments received by January 30, 2017 will be reviewed and considered in preparing the final restoration plan and EIS.

ATIG is made up of federal and state agencies including the Department of Commerce:NOAA, Department of Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Alabama Restoration Council. Click here to learn more about ATIG