Coastal America Gulf of Mexico Region Implementation Strategyby Myron O. Knudson, Water Management Div, Dallas, United States,
James H. Ratterree, Water Management Div, Dallas, United States,
Document Type: Proceeding Paper
Part of: Coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico Regional Implementation Team (GMRIT) is composed of Federal and State agency representatives from the five Gulf Coast States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It has had a distinct organizational advantage over the other six Regional Implementation Teams since its formation in May 1991, due to the existence of the Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP), which features a highly structured and well-supported committee system. Because the four original Federal partners have been active participants in the GMP, a spirit of cooperation and a sense of organization was established almost from the very beginning of the GMRIT. Consequently, attention was turned immediately to the task of identifying projects eligible for Coastal America (CA) funding consideration, rather than expending energy on establishing rules of order or defusing conflict arising from individual parochial concerns. Also, member representatives were anxious to lay the foundation for devising a mechanism to implement projects aimed at correcting problems already identified by the GMRIT committees. Later, when separate funding for CA was not obtained for Fiscal Year 1993, the formulation of a Regional Implementation Strategy was accomplished with relative ease and with confidence for success.
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