Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

In July 2012,the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council), which is comprised of governors from the five affected Gulf States, the Secretaries from the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, and Homeland Security as well as the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Gulf States recommended and President Obama appointed the Secretary of Commerce as the Council’s Chair.

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March 12, 2015

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) is currently evaluating submissions for potential funding under the Council-Selected Restoration Component. Each State and federal member of the Council was responsible... more

February 10, 2015

The Council published an Interim Final Rule to allow states to fund planning efforts to develop State Expenditure Plans.

February 10, 2015

Learn about the proposal submission and evaluation process for members and the timeline for the development of the Funded Priorities List. 

February 9, 2015

Learn about the Council's public engagement opportunities. 

February 6, 2015

Download our fact sheets to learn more about our work and how to get involved