The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) released a proposed update to its 2013 Comprehensive Plan. The draft provides additional strategic guidance for the Council to follow as it makes decisions on funding projects and activities aimed at restoring the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Council is updating its Initial Comprehensive Plan to address recent developments in Gulf restoration to include the resolution of civil claims against BP. The update also captures important public input and lessons learned from the process of developing and approving the initial Funded Priorities List (FPL); the first slate of restoration activities funded through the RESTORE Act. The updated plan will position the Council to make the most effective use of future funds as they become available beginning in 2017.

The Council has scheduled a series of public webinars and meetings through the month of September and October. Review the schedule for a meeting near your Gulf coast location.

Public comments on the draft Comprehensive Plan Update will be accepted from August 23, 2016 to October 7, 2016. The draft plan and comment submission process can be found through the National Park Service project links.