RESTORE Act Activities in Texas

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The USGS is collaborating with NOAA to develop tools to aid in an implementation strategy for integrated monitoring that will enable the RESTORE Council to meet its reporting requirements to Congress as well as to achieve the Councils goals, objectives, commitments and mission of science-based comprehensive Gulf ecosystem restoration.

Spurred by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. The RESTORE Act calls for a regional approach to restoring the long-term health of the valuable natural ecosystem and economy of the Gulf Coast region. The RESTORE Act established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council), which includes the Governors of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Army, Commerce, Homeland Security, and Interior, and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  USGS Texas Water Science Center is one of several agencies, including other USGS Centers, participating in RESTORE Act activities.

Representative agencies are laying the foundation for a governance structure and implementation strategy for integrated monitoring that will enable the RESTORE Council to meet its reporting requirements to Congress as well as to achieve the Councils goals, objectives, commitments and mission of science-based comprehensive Gulf ecosystem restoration. This includes providing a program that supports the Council’s decision-making process and assists in prioritizing management needs, selecting and implementing restoration actions, and measuring results of individual projects to determine progress and adjust course as needed.

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