CITP Task 3 – Interstate Collaboration

Recognizing the importance of interstate collaboration concerning common interests of the CIAP states, CITP included this task specifically to realize the benefit of sharing information on successes and lessons from the respective programs of these states. Each of the coastal CIAP recipient states found differing ways in which to utilize resources to attain CIAP directives and deliver program benefits to their constituents. This Interstate Collaboration effort proved to be an extremely valuable element of the CITP program, bringing together a wealth of project experience, successes, and lessons learned.

The CITP Interstate Collaboration effort was initiated with a workshop held in Houston at the Offshore Technology Conference in May 2012. The workshop was attended by representatives of organizations from the states of Louisiana, Alaska, and California. Over the four years of the CITP additional communications and meetings were held with various stakeholders in coastal states.

As the CIAP program neared its conclusion in the summer of 2016, EFD organized a workshop held at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) All Hands Meeting held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 14-17, 2016. During the EFD CIAP workshop held during the conference, representatives from all CIAP states presented information about projects in their states. The CIAP recipient states of Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, reported on the successful public-private partnerships in their respective programs. Summit participants gathered to learn about program projects in the recipient states and discuss successes:

The workshop was designed to assemble valuable perspectives of state program leaders along with documentation to support future programs and potential royalty revenue sharing legislation to coastal states. Shared information on successes and lessons learned in the respective state programs demonstrates the overall value the program for the environment and economy of coastal states most affected by offshore oil and gas production. Documenting the successes of CIAP provides clarity and elaboration to better understand the impact and importance of revenue sharing in coastal states. The success of these projects implemented by the CIAP states underscores the potential that can be realized through thoughtful administration by state agencies utilizing the resources of research institutions and the power of public-private partnerships in attaining conservation and restoration goals.

Outcomes from this workshop, including highlights of presentations from each of the states, were compiled in a report prepared by EFD, entitled “Coastal Impacts Technology Program / Coordination Among All CIAP States”. The invaluable information shared by the CIAP states and compiled in this report reinforces the enormous benefit of revenue sharing and importance of leveraging CIAP accomplishments to inform and focus future research efforts for maximum effect.