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RESTORE Education Opportunities Series

In September 2018, the RESTORE Council began providing webinars as an opportunity for Gulf stakeholders to learn more about our activities as part of a new initiative, RESTORE Education Opportunities Series (REOS). REOS is a collection of webinars aimed to, not only provide education related to the path towards the next Funded Priorities List, but also to return to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to explain how the RESTORE Council and similar restoration efforts are working to restore the Gulf. In the RESTORE Comprehensive Plan Update 2016, the RESTORE Council committed to providing ongoing educational opportunities for Gulf stakeholders who live, work, and play in the Gulf Coast region. Below are a collection of webinars recorded to explain our activities, additional webinars will be added to this series in the future. We will also host live webinars in the future and record them to post here.

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Planning Framework Draft- Public Comment Period (April 29, 2019)

On April 26, 2019, the RESTORE Council staff began a 45-day public review and comment period on the Planning Framework draft. The RESTORE Council provided a 7-day extension for the 45-day public review and comment period, extending the deadline for submitting public comments on the Planning Framework draft to 11:59 MDT on June 19, 2019. The RESTORE Council hosted and recorded two live public webinars on April 29, 2019. During each live webinar, Council staff presented an overview of the Planning Framework draft, and responded, in real time to selected questions from webinar participants. All questions and responses from the webinars are represented in the Planning Framework Draft- Public Comments Q&A.

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Please note: The public comment date extension is not reflected on the fact sheets below.

Planning Framework Overview

Priority Approaches

During the 52-day public review and comment period, the Council accepted written comments via mail, email and through the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website. The Council has released the RESTORE Council Planning Framework: Responses to Comments which includes a summary of the 446 unique public comments received from 2,932 stakeholders and the responses to those comments. The Council has incorporated public input into the draft version to result in finalizing the Planning Framework.

Funded Priorities List 3 - A Look Ahead (September 26, 2018)

The RESTORE Council began the process to develop the next Funded Priorities List (FPL) targeted to be finalized in mid-2020. The FPL is a vehicle through which funds from the Council- Selected Restoration Component, commonly referred to as “Bucket 2”, are approved for specific ecosystem restoration activities in the Gulf Coast region. On September 26, 2018, the RESTORE Council hosted two public webinars to provide Gulf stakeholders with an overview of the path forward to the next Funded Priorities List. During the webinars, random questions from the participants were selected for response by RESTORE Council Staff. All questions from participants and answers to those questions are represented in the Funded Priorities List 3- A Look Ahead Q&A.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Ecosystem Restoration Opportunities (September 24, 2018)

Takes a look back at April 20, 2010, the date of the historic Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the relevant laws and restoration funding, at a glance. This webinar provides an overview of the three restoration efforts, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment Trustees and the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) which created the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council). You will hear more about who the RESTORE Council is and our efforts since the RESTORE Act as signed into law on July 6, 2012.  

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About the RESTORE Act
History of the RESTORE Council
RESTORE Council Members

Public Comment Period- Draft 2017 CPS FPL (July 13, 2017)

On July 13, 2017, the draft 2017 CPS FPL was announced and available for a 30-day public review and comment period ending August 14, 2017. During this period, the Council accepted public comments online, via email and US mail. Two informational webinars were conducted to explain the Draft 2017 CPS FPL:

Webinar 1 of 2: Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support Webinar from RESTORE Video Resources.

Webinar 2 of 2: Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support Webinar from RESTORE Video Resources.


Comprehensive Plan Update Vote: December 16, 2016

On August 23, 2016 the RESTORE Council release the Draft 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy (Draft 2016 Comp Plan Update), the proposed update to its 2013 Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy (Initial Comp Plan). The RESTORE Council hosted a series of public meetings across the Gulf Coast and two public webinars to discuss the Draft 2016 Comp Plan Update.

On December 16, 2016, the RESTORE Council voted to approve the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update: Restoring the Gulf Coast's Ecosystem and Economy, during a public meeting in New Orleans, LA. The meeting agenda (Vietnamese Translation) is available and the recorded webinar of that meeting is below: 

PLEASE NOTE:  Audio stream starts around the 1:00 minute mark.

Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL): Lessons Learned and Path Forward Webinars (April 12, 2016)

The RESTORE Council hosted a series of three webinars to review the process used to develop its Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) as part of the Council-Selected Restoration Component.  During the webinars, the RESTORE Council considered the overall process and solicited feedback from webinar attendees.  The goal of these webinars was to identify what worked well and what the RESTORE Council could improve on to further the cause of comprehensive Gulf restoration. A summary of report of the input received and the slides from the webinar are available.