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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Meeting November 8th

Dear Friends,

As Chair of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, I invite you to join me and members of the Task Force at our first public meeting, to be held on Monday, November 8, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 pm. at the Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory Street, in Pensacola, Florida.

President Obama formed the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force to coordinate the long-term recovery and restoration of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The Task Force will rely on the input of local stakeholders, state and local governments, tribes, scientists, and the general public to ensure accountability in the restoration of this national treasure. In working together, we hope to confront the difficult challenges facing this great waterbody and coastline.

This meeting will be open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend. I look forward to seeing you there and working with you in the months and years ahead.

Sincerely,

Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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First Meeting of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force

Monday, November 8, 2010 --- 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m

Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory Street, Pensacola, Florida

Please RSVP at http://yosemite.epa.gov/r1/videolen.nsf/GulfCoastTaskForce

The meeting space is fully accessible. If you have special needs or require translation, please note in the registration form.

Please visit www.restorethegulf.gov for more information. If you have questions please email gulfcoasttaskforce@epa.gov or call 1-800-241-1754.

If you are a member of the media, please contact us at: press@epa.gov so we can secure space and accommodations.

The Executive Order Recognizing the Gulf Coast as a national treasure, on October 5, 2010 President Obama issued an Executive Order creating the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, continuing the Administration's ongoing commitment to the region. The mission of the Task Force is to efficiently integrate Federal efforts with those of local stakeholders and state and tribal governments so as to better implement Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration and to facilitate appropriate accountability and support throughout the restoration process. The President's Executive Order establishing the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/05/executive-order-gulf-coast-ecosystem-restoration-task-force