Federal Council Public Engagement Opportunities
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (or "Federal Council") is charged under the Council-Selected Restoration Component of the RESTORE Act to fund restoration projects and programs that contribute to the comprehensive restoration of the Gulf ecosystem. The Federal Council’s staff is supporting public meetings and webinars throughout the Gulf in September and October in advance of the development of the first Funded Priorities List (FPL) and welcomes all public input, including feedback on project and program ideas.
For this first FPL, the Council anticipates that $150-$180 million is available for projects. The Council’s main focus for this first phase of the FPL is Water Quality and Habitat Restoration. Each Council Member, including the State of Alabama, may submit up to 5 project proposals to the Federal Council for consideration. The deadline for Council member submissions is November 17, 2014.
The State of Alabama, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, worked with Federal Council staff to host two webinars (October 6 and October 15) and a public meeting on October 9. Each of these meetings focused on the RESTORE Act with particular emphasis on the Council-Selected Restoration Component of funds.
The presentation slides and recorded webinars are available here:
You can still submit feedback to the Federal Council at any time via email to: restorecouncil@RestoreTheGulf.gov. When providing input, the Council asks that you consider the following questions:
- What 5 words or phrases best describe your vision for a healthy Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in 5 years? 50 years?
- People care about restoration, protection and enhancement of our natural resources for many different reasons. Why is ecosystem restoration important to you? What outcomes of restoration activities are most important to you?
- What three activities do you most rely on or enjoy that depend on healthy natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico? Examples include: fishing, hunting, seafood, cultural heritage activities, bird watching, swimming, etc.
For more information about the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, please visit www.RestoreTheGulf.gov.