Janelle Taylor, Florida Politics, Oct 1, 2018
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council approved nearly $300 million in projects to restore and protect Florida’s Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday.
The Council is comprised of the five Governors from the states affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon/BP spill and several federal agencies.
Congress created the council through its 2012 Revived Economies of the Gulf States (RESTORE) Act that’s funded through BP and parties responsible for the oil spill.
“The communities impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill have come so far since that tragic disaster and we will never stop fighting to protect our environment and make sure families and businesses along the Gulf Coast continue to grow,” Scott said.
The $291 million in state funding is intended to restore and conserve habitat, restore water quality and quantity, replenish and protect marine life and fisheries, restore and revitalize the Gulf economy and resiliency.
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