The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is a partnership of the five Gulf States, federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-profits in the region. Our goal is to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Texas Mini-Grant Program is a public-private partnership, administered by GOMA and funded by agencies, businesses, and private organizations, to provide funding for projects that address immediate needs as a result of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Mini-grants can be used to fund immediate needs in the following priority areas: water quality or water quantity, wildlife or fisheries, natural habitats, and resilience.
Award values range from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be provided to the recipient upon execution of a grant agreement. Applications should be submitted via email to Laura Bowie at Laura.Bowie@gomxa.org by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
Come join Bayou Land Conservancy on November 11, 2017, as they celebrate another successful year of conserving land along our bayous, creeks and streams at their “Swamp Thing Gala.” You might even learn some fun facts about wetlands and all the critters and plants that live there. Share a night of inspiration with co-workers, clients, friends and nature lovers. Who knows, you could catch a glimpse of the mysterious “swamp thing”! The event will be held at the beautiful Southwestern Energy Headquarters, a 26-acre property located adjacent to the Spring Creek Greenway just off I-45. The grounds are planted with native plants and grasses that are irrigated with water from the nearby retention ponds. The sites serves as an excellent example of environmentally friendly actions that we can all employ. Tickets and sponsorships are on sale and can be purchased online at bayoulandconservancy.secure.force.com.
The Youth Making Ripples Contest is an ocean conservation-inspired film festival and competition which challenges K–12 students to produce short ocean documentaries (< 5 min.) about problems that face the ocean, and possible solutions to these issues. The website provides film maker resources, examples of previous winning films, and submission details. Students can win small scholarships and participate on the annual shark tagging expedition. The deadline for submission is December 5th, 2017.
The 2018 Youth Making Ripples Film Festival will take place on January 25, 2018 and will be hosted by the Mote Marine Laboratory. A portion of the festival will focus specifically on plastic pollution and feature Motes new exhibit called “Sea Debris: Awareness through Art”. Check back soon for details and information.