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Council to Vote on 2017 Annual Report to Congress

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) will vote on its 2017 Annual Report to Congress. This vote will be conducted during a Council teleconference, scheduled for February 21, 2018,  While the teleconference is not open to the public, the results of this vote will be publicly available on the Council website and distributed via Council eBlast notification. The Annual Report to Congress summarizes the Council’s 2017 calendar year activities, including but not limited to accomplishments related to the funding approvals to date for both the Council-Selected Restoration Component (commonly referred to as “Bucket 2”) and the Spill Impact Component (commonly referred to as “Bucket 3”). 

In addition, the 2017 Annual Report to Congress includes reports from the Centers of Excellence. The RESTORE Act dedicates 2.5 percent of the Trust Fund to the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program, administered by the Department of Treasury. These funds may be used to establish Centers of Excellence for science, technology, and monitoring. In accordance with  the RESTORE Act, each State provides an annual report on its respective Center of Excellence to the RESTORE Council containing grant information, including the amount, discipline(s), and recipients of each grant, and in the case of any grant awarded to a consortium, the membership of the consortium. To date four Centers of Excellence have been established: Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program,  Louisiana’s RESTORE Center of Excellence Research Grants Program, Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence, and Texas RESTORE Centers of Excellence.

Learn more about:

Keala J. Hughes
Director of External Affairs & Tribal Relations
(504) 717-7235