U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: Transocean and Anadarko
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2016
This program will establish a regional workforce-training program to benefit local communities and support longterm Gulf coast restoration implementation. Individuals trained under the program will help to execute priority restoration projects selected for funding and implementation under Deepwater Horizon-related recovery programs, including other activities funded in the FPL. GCCC workers will work only on projects or activities that are in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations (ôcompliantö). GCCC benefits include recruiting and training local workers (particularly youth, veterans, and displaced workers) in a variety of habitat restoration techniques and providing paid, hands-on work experience in on-the-ground restoration projects. These jobs vary depending upon the scope of the project, but can include operators, machinists, welders, surveyors, and a variety of laborers, scientists, and managers. The GCCC Program will have two primary activities û the first overseen by DOC/NOAA and tailored to the unique needs and communities of each State, and the second overseen by DOI/Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) focused on tribal youth. DOI/BIA will work with the Federally Recognized Tribes within the Gulf Region to engage tribal youth in support of environmental restoration and implementation of projects selected by the Council. The GCCC Program will leverage existing partnerships among Federal, state, academic and non-profit organizations and provide opportunities for local citizens to gain part of the knowledge, skills and training necessary for implementation and management of restoration projects.