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Public Comment

The RESTORE Council requests public comment periodically to provide Gulf stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on Council activities. If you are interested in recieving notification of upcoming public comment periods and/or public meetings, subscribe to our eBlasts for automatic updates

Draft 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy: August 23, 2016- October 7, 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: Summaries of public meetings to discuss the draft Comprehensive Plan Update and seek public input:

  • September 8, 2016- Webinar 5:00 pm CST Webinar Recording: Webinar Slides and Meeting Summary
  • September 12, 2016- Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL 32401 at 6:00 pm: Meeting Summary
  • September 19, 2016- University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 at 6:00 pm: Meeting Summary
  • September 20, 2016- 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL 36527 at 6:00 pm: Meeting Summary
  • September 22, 2016- Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, Morgan City, LA 70381 at 6:00 pm: Meeting Summary
  • September 22, 2016- Federally Recognized Tribe Webinar at 11:00 pm: Meeting Summary
  • September 26, 2016- University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Long Beach, MS 39560 at 6:00 pm: Meeting Summary
  • September 29, 2016- Sea Scout Base, Galveston, TX, 77554 at 6:00 pm: Meeting Summary
  • October 4, 2016- Webinar at 2:00 pm CST: Meeting Summary

The RESTORE Council reviewed the public comments and released the Response to Public Comments on the Draft 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update.

Spill Impact Component: September 29, 2015 - October 29, 2015

The Council published the draft Spill Impact Component regulation “rule” in the Federal Register for a 30- day public comment period. The Council received eleven written comments addressing the draft rule from Gulf Stakeholders and published the Response to Public Comments on Draft Spill Impact Component Regulation. On December 9, 2015, the RESTORE Council voted to approve the Spill Impact Component Final Regulation. (Vietnamese Translation)

Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast's Ecosystem and Economy: May 23, 2013- July 8, 2013

On May 23, 2013, the RESTORE Council published the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy and Appendix A: Preliminary List of Authorized by Not Yet Commenced Projects and Programs. Initially the comment period was for 30 days, but after numerous requests to extend the public comment period were received, the public comment deadline was extended to July 8, 2013. Comments were received via the following methods:

After the Council reviewed the comments above, the Response to Comments was published.

Draft Initial Funded Priorities List (2015): August 13, 2015- September 28, 2015

On August 13, 2015 the RESTORE Council released a draft Initial Funded Priorities List (draft FPL) for a 45 day public comment period. The RESTORE Council hosted a series of public meetings across the Gulf Coast to discuss the draft FPL and seek public and tribal comments. The meeting presentations and summaries are available below:

The RESTORE Council reviewed the public comments and released a Response to Public Comments on Draft Initial Funded Priorities List. On December 1, 2015, the RESTORE Council release the Draft Funded Priorities List which was scheduled for a RESTORE Council vote on during a December 9, 2015 public meeting. Learn more about the Draft Funded Priorities List projects and programs.  

Summary of Public Input:  2010-2013

Years of dedicated public engagement on the part of State and federal Council members, in a variety of forums, yielded a wealth of information that supported the development of the ecosystem restoration goals and objectives outlined in the Initial Comprehensive Plan and have shaped the work of the Council. In an effort to ensure that public input provided to the Council and its predecessor, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, over the past four years was considered as the Council began project evaluation and selection activities, the Council summarized public input regarding restoration in a Summary of Public Input: 2010-2013.