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About Michelle Erenberg

Michelle Erenberg is the Policy Analyst for the Gulf Restoration Program, based in New Orleans. Prior to Ocean Conservancy, Michelle worked for the Gulf Restoration Network, where she coordinated a coalition of organizations from across the Gulf region in support of restoration and recovery from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. When she isn’t working, Michelle serves on the board for the New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women and the League of Women Voters of Louisiana, spends time with her husband, Max, daughter, Nadia, and dog, Kala, and occasionally has time for a yoga class.

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Communities Come Together to Restore the Gulf

Posted On April 2, 2014 by

Great things happen when people come together and collaborate on a shared vision, especially when that shared vision is a healthier Gulf of Mexico. This notion rang true at a series of workshops Ocean Conservancy helped to coordinate in Mobile and Baldwin counties on the Alabama Gulf Coast. These “Community Conversations” were an opportunity to share information with and collect ideas from residents and business owners about the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

As you might remember, NFWF established this fund with $2.544 billion from a settlement resolving the criminal cases against BP and Transocean as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Alabama will receive $356 million over the next five years to fund projects that benefit Alabama’s coastal and marine wildlife and habitats. Last fall, 22 projects were selected to restore and protect our natural resources around the Gulf Coast. Alabama received $12.6 million for three projects, which will restore oyster reefs and watersheds around Mobile Bay.

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