Gulf Restoration Task Force Opens State Call Lines

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force also is holding listening sessions in coastal states to get feedback before it has to propose an agenda on Oct. 5.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, which has been charged by President Obama with developing a restoration strategy for the Gulf of Mexico, recently announced the availability of a toll-free number for individuals who have questions or suggestions related to the mission of the task force.

Under its charge, the task force must propose a Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration agenda by Oct. 5. A series of listening sessions are being held throughout the states for community members to provide individual input that will inform the development of the restoration strategy. The goal of the listening sessions is to obtain individual input on priority issues, existing impediments, and key outcomes or actions for the restoration of the ecosystem.

Citizens from the five gulf coast states, which include Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, can call the state information call line at 1-855-427-9263 to receive additional information on task force meetings and other activities within their state. 

The touch-tone automated menu provides general information about task force activities and allows callers to be transferred to a task force staff member located in each state. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST) Monday through Friday.  The state information call line staff includes representatives from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

President Obama established the task force through an executive order on October 5, 2010. It is an advisory body made up of lead officials from state representatives appointed by the President upon recommendation of the governors of the five gulf states and 11 federal agencies and White House offices

Citizens can receive automatic updates by emailing the task force at GulfCoastTaskForce@epa.gov.

Source: U.S. EPA

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