The official website of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

The 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 includes the governors of the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas and the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Army, Commerce, Homeland Security, of the Interior, 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 first Chair. In March 2016, the Secretary of Agriculture became the Council Chair. Currently the Council Chair position is vacant. 

The State Council members are preparing to nominate a new Council Chair.  The RESTORE Act provides that the State Council members select, and the President then appoints, the new Chair from among the federal Council members. 33 U.S.C. § 1321(t)(2)(C)(iv). The RESTORE Council’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) outline the steps necessary to proceed with selecting and nominating a new Chair. The SOPs provide that the nomination occurs at a Council meeting (2.3.1), and that the meeting agenda will be distributed to the members at least seven days before the meeting (4.1.2) and published on the Council website (4.1.2.b).

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