FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 7, 2013
GULF COAST ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION COUNCIL TO MEET ON AUGUST 28, 2013
TALLAHASSEE –The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) will meet on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. CDT to vote on the Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy (Plan). The public is invited to attend the Council Meeting.
The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana. U.S. Secretary of
Commerce Penny Pritzker, Chair of the Council, will preside over the
meeting, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will be in attendance as a
Council member and host of the meeting. Council representatives from the other Gulf States and participating federal agencies will be in attendance.
Meeting materials, including the meeting agenda,
the Plan, the “Response to Public Comments,” and a Programmatic
Environmental Assessment, will be available beginning August 21 on the
Council’s website: http://www.restorethegulf.gov/.
In addition to voting on the Plan, the Council
will hear from some of its key restoration partners including
representatives from the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage
Trustees, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) RESTORE Science Program
about their Gulf restoration efforts.
The Draft Plan and the accompanying Draft
Programmatic Environmental Assessment were made available for public
comment on May 23, 2013, and comments were accepted through July 8,
2013. In June, the Council held public engagement sessions in each of
the five impacted Gulf States to ensure the public had an opportunity to
submit input on the Draft Plan and the Council’s future restoration
planning efforts. In addition, the Council has hosted several Tribal engagement sessions including one on the Draft Plan in June.
The Council received more than 41,000 comments by
mail, online and during the engagement meetings. The Plan to be voted on
in New Orleans incorporates changes made in response to these comments.
The public will have the opportunity to offer comments at the August
28th meeting on future Council actions.
For more information about the upcoming meeting, please contact the Council at RestoreCouncil@doc.gov.