The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council was established by the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) in order to help restore the ecosystem and economy of the Gulf Coast region by developing and overseeing implementation of a Comprehensive Plan and carrying out other responsibilities.
In the Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support, the Council proposes to provide its members with funding to enhance collaboration, coordination, public engagement and use of best available science needed to make efficient use of Gulf restoration funds resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A major challenge to Gulf-wide ecosystem restoration is coordinating efforts within each state, among Council members, among stakeholders within the Gulf region, and across funding streams. Currently, no designated funding stream exists to support Council Member efforts to plan and coordinate restoration activities under the Council Selected Restoration Component. Investing in planning, collaboration and related activities will assist the Council in developing an overarching coordinated strategy for providing resources in support of long-term Gulf restoration.
Each Council member may apply for a maximum of $500,000 per year for the first three years, then a maximum of $300,000 per year for the following two years, to meet the commitments of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update and to support planning for large-scale restoration and conservation. Included in the fourth year of this proposal is a recommendation to assess activities outlined in the Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support awards, and determine the need to continue to fund such activities beyond the initial five-year period.
In general, the Council will make all comments available for public inspection and copying on its website, www.RestoreTheGulf.gov, without change, including business or personal information provided, such as names, addresses, email addresses, or telephone numbers. All comments received, including attachments and other supporting material, will be part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. You should only submit information that you wish to make publicly available.
For more information please visit the Council's website: http://www.restorethegulf.gov
DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: Click on "Document List" to the left to view the 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support. Spanish and Vietnamese translations are at the links below. Copies of the document are available during regular business hours at the office of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, Hale Boggs Federal Building, 500 Poydras Street, Suite 1117, New Orleans, LA 70130. Electronic versions of the document can be viewed and downloaded at www.RestoreTheGulf.gov. https://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/2017FPL_CPSAward_Draft_July_SpanishTranslation.pdf https://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/2017FPL_CPSAward_Draft_July_VietnameseTranslation.pdf
Keala J. Hughes