The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) will next month meet to vote on approval of the Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) and the Spill Impact Component Rule (Rule), pursuant to the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act).
U.S.Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Chair of the Council, will preside over the meeting, and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant 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.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m.(CT) at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.
Using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc. for initial investments, the Council is seeking to address critical needs of 10 key watersheds across the Gulf.
Projects and programs in the FPL will help to revitalize the region through skills training for local communities, improvements in water quality, and habitat restoration.