Introduction to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Resilience Team
Rhonda Price gives an overview of her GOMA team
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down with Rhonda Price, Coastal Resiliency Team Chair for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance was established in 2004 by the Gulf State Governors in response to the President’s Ocean Action Plan. It was a State-led network of partners working together on projects related to the priority issues identified by the Governors in early discussions. Strongly supported by the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, 13 Federal agencies led by EPA and NOAA, were identified to work with and support the young effort. In 2006, on the heels of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the five Gulf State Governors signed the Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts. Realizing that the mission could only be achieved by including as many Alliance Partners as possible, other organizations were recruited to join the effort, including academic organizations, non-profits, and business partners. The episode was recorded at the Coastal Resiliency Team's Fall Meeting, where these partners gather to share their work and ideas.