News Releases from Region 06
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Seeks Public Comment on Priorities for $139.6 million
DALLAS - (Aug. 19, 2015) The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) recently released a draft Initial Funded Priorities List that would fund approximately $139.6 million in restoration activities. The funds are derived from the recent settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc.
The Council will host a series of public meetings across the Gulf Coast to discuss the priorities, and seek public and tribal comments. The list is available for review and comment through Sept. 28, 2015.
The Council is proposing to focus on 10 key watersheds across the Gulf to address critical ecosystem needs in high priority locations. The Council will also propose a suite of Gulf-wide investments designed to support holistic ecosystem restoration and lay the foundation for future success.
The Council is comprised of governors from the five affected Gulf States, the Secretaries from the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, and Homeland Security as well as the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
To discuss the draft priorities and seek public input at one of the upcoming meetings, visit:
Aug. 20, 2015 Texas A&M University 6:00 p.m. CST
Corpus Christi, TX 48412
Aug. 26, 2015 FWC Fish & Wildlife Research Institute 6:00 p.m. EST
Aug. 27, 2015 Gulf Coast State College 6:00 p.m. CST
Panama City, FL 32401
Sept. 1, 2015 Battle House Renaissance Mobile 6:00 p.m. CST
Mobile, AL 36602
Sept. 10, 2015 Coast Coliseum & Convention Center 5:00 p.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2015 Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center 5:30 p.m. CST
New Orleans, LA 70148
Sept. 16, 2015 Morgan City Municipal Auditorium 5:30 p.m. CST
728 Myrtle St.
Full meeting details and the draft FPL can be found on the Council's website at www.RestoreTheGulf.gov.
The public is encouraged to provide comments online at www.RestoreTheGulf.gov (preferred method); by mail to Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, Attention: Draft FPL Comments, Hale Boggs Federal Building, 500 Poydras Street, Suite 1117, New Orleans, La., 70130 or by e-mail to email@example.com; or in person during formal public comment periods at any of the public meetings.
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