Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Louisiana public meetings: Feb. 19-21

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is holding public meetings to get public opinion on how RESTORE Act dollars should be spent, and we invite you to attend and be a voice for environmental restoration. The Restoration Council is looking for public input on their draft Comprehensive Plan for Gulf Coast restoration which will outline how RESTORE Act dollars from the BP oil spill will be translated into restoration projects.

To make the gulf whole, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council must make a concerted push for ecosystem restoration. This would be a win not just for the environment but also for the economy. Studies show that every $1 spent on ecosystem restoration generates $4 in added value throughout the economy — a win-win for communities and wildlife, especially in a region that supports a $34 billion a year tourism industry and 40 percent of all the seafood in the lower 48 states.

The Restoration Council will be hosting five public meetings across the Gulf Coast. We invite you to attend and let the Restoration Council know that you support a healthy environment AND a healthy economy.

Please RSVP and a representative from our campaign will follow up with you on the details:

Meeting Schedule:

Tuesday, February 19, Louisiana – 5:00 PM CST
Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Room 3, Houma, LA

Tuesday, February 19, Mississippi – 5:00 PM CST
Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS

Wednesday, February 20, Louisiana – 5:00 PM CST
University of New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA

Thursday, February 21, Louisiana – 5:00 PM CST
Lake Charles Civic Center, Jean Lafitte Room, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA

Thursday, February 28, Florida – 6:00 PM EST
Student Union East Conference Center, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. U.S. 98, Panama City Beach, FL