Our coast is poised to receive a huge boost from the Restore Act, a measure passed last year especially through the diligent work of US Senator Mary Landrieu and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The legislation directs that the fees and penalties paid by the perpetrators of the 2011 BP Oil Spill be directed toward coastal activities, especially restoration of our disappearing wetlands.
The legislation may be signed, but the work has only just begun. Now is the time to insure the future of our coast.
This week, you have the the unique opportunity to have your voice heard directly on the enactment of the Restore Act. Attend one of these meetings and get engaged! From Nola.com:
RESTORE Coastal Council members are soliciting input from the public on how RESTORE Act money should be spent through a series of meetings held along the Gulf Coast. Three will be next week in Louisiana:
- Houma: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Room 3
- New Orleans: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m., University of New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Drive
- Lake Charles: Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center, Jean Lafitte Room, 900 Lakeshore Drive
Your voice in this process is very important. Directing the awarded funds towards restoration and the future of our coast is essential to the long-term economic and cultural survival of our region.
Check out this citizen’s guide to the RESTORE Act here.