Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Draft FPL 3a
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (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.
Pursuant to the RESTORE Act, the Council approves projects and programs for the Council-Selected Restoration Component, or "Bucket 2", funding as set forth in Funded Priorities Lists (FPLs). Thus far, two FPLs have been approved. The Council develops FPLs through collaboration among its members and with feedback from stakeholders across the Gulf. As a result of this collaborative process, the Council determined that developing FPL 3 in two phases would enable it to respond to ecosystem needs and take advantage of important partnership opportunities to advance large-scale ecosystem restoration in the near term.
In October 2019, the two project proposals were solicited for potential funding under Bucket 2 in the first phase of FPL 3, referred to as FPL 3a. This proposed phase adheres to the FPL development processes committed to by the Council, particularly as they relate to the use of the best available science (BAS), public engagement and transparency, and the recently finalized Planning Framework. When developing the second phase, FPL 3b, the Council will follow the same process as it considers proposals that address ecosystem needs in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama, along with regional and Gulfwide proposals.
During the public comment period, an overview of the draft FPL 3a will be provided via live public webinars and public meetings. In general, all comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, will be part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Additionally, any business or personal information provided, such as names, addresses, email addresses, or telephone numbers will be part of the public record. You should only submit information that you wish to make publicly available.
Keala J. Hughes