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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Posts Materials for August 28, 2013, Council Meeting

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) will meet on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. CST to vote on the Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy (Plan).  The public is invited to attend the Council Meeting.   

Today, the Council posted meeting materials on its website:  www.restorethegulf.gov.

August 28, 2013 Meeting Agenda

Draft Plan as published on May 23, 2013

Appendix A - Background Information - Preliminary List of Authorized but Not Commenced Projects and Programs

Public comments received: on May 23, 2013 the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan for 30 days of public comment. After receiving numerous requests to extend the public comment period, the Council extended the deadline to July 8, 2013. The attached PDF files reflect the comments submitted to the Council by the public.

Response to Public Comments document

Initial Comprehensive Plan

Initial Comprehensive Plan – Vietnamese translation

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment

Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Additional translated materials will be available on this site shortly. 

For more information about these materials, please contact the Council at RestoreCouncil@doc.gov.

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The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Chair of the Council, will preside over the meeting and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will be in attendance as a Council member and host of the meeting.  Council representatives from the other Gulf States and participating federal agencies will be in attendance. 

Preregister for the Council meeting: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=b6avr5nab&oeidk=a07... Pre-registration ends at midnight CST on August 25, 2013. On-site registration will be available on August 28, 2013, beginning two hours prior to the meeting start time.

In addition to voting on the Plan, the Council will hear from some of its key restoration partners, including representatives from the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Trustees, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) RESTORE Science Program about their Gulf restoration efforts.