After last year’s oil disaster, new legislation seeks to restore the Gulf Coast environment and economy
It’s been over a year since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and while tremendous fishing opportunities abound in the Gulf of Mexico, the impacts of the spill are ongoing and can be seen in degraded habitats and reduced tourism activity, especially recreational fishing. A coalition of Senators from Gulf states recently introduced the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011 (S. 1400), which will provide much needed money to the region to restore the Gulf Coast environment and economy and help bring anglers back to the region.
This bill directs critical funding to the Gulf of Mexico region to help revitalize coastal communities and improve fisheries habitat and data collection. Specific things that this bill seeks to accomplish include:
Allocating a portion of the funds equally to the five Gulf Coast states for ecological and economic recovery;
Establishing the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to develop and fund a comprehensive plan for the ecological recovery and resiliency of the Gulf Coast; and
Establishing an endowment that includes funding for needed fisheries stock assessments and ecosystem monitoring.
It is important to note that this bill only directs funding from the Clean Water Act penalties charged to BP for the disaster and does not direct any new federal spending. To learn more about this valuable legislation, click here to view a fact sheet of the bill.
Take action today to make sure that the penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster are directed where they are most needed – the Gulf Coast environment and economy. Send a message to your Senators in support of the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011 and do your part to help restore this sportfishing paradise.