The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will hold several public meetings to gather public comments regarding formation of a Comprehensive Plan for Gulf Coast restoration.

The council was set up by the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourism, Opportunities Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012, also known as the RESTORE Act.

The council was tasked with putting together a comprehensive plan which will, among other things, direct where part of the money from civil and administrative penalties stemming from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill will be spent.

Public sessions in Louisiana will be held at 5 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Feb. 19, Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Room 3, Houma.
  • Feb. 20, University of New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans.
  • Feb. 21, Lack Charles Civic Center, Jean Lafitte Room, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles.

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