The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is hosting a meeting tonight in an effort to gather public input on an initial draft of its Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy. The plan—which establishes restoration goals for the Gulf Coast in the wake of the 2010 oil spill—will be finalized later this summer.
The council’s local meeting is the first in a series. The public-input tour continues until mid-June, with dates in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
The restoration council was established by the RESTORE Act, following BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The council oversees the use of Clean Water Act fines in restoration efforts.
Today’s meeting is from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Escambia County governmental complex in downtown Pensacola. For more information, or to view the council’s draft plan visit http://www.restorethegulf.gov/.