NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has finalized its Comprehensive Plan Update to guide over $5.4 billion in investments aimed at enhancing the resources and economies of the Gulf Coast after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The plan was adopted unanimously by all eleven Council members, which include the five Gulf States (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas), and appointees from the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, the Army and the Interior, and the Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The updated comprehensive plan includes a 10-year funding strategy, commits RESTORE funds to large scale ecosystem restoration, and refines the Council’s process for making decisions based on public engagement and the best available science.
“This establishes the conceptual framework with which we will make our funding decisions for the next few years,” said Justin Ehrenwerth, outgoing Executive Director of the Council. “It orients the Council toward the best and most thoughtful strategic position as we determine how we’re going to develop our next set of restoration projects and programs.”
In its plan, the Council approved five key goals: (1) Restore and Conserve Habitat; (2) Restore Water Quality and Quantity; (3) Replenish and Protect …read more