Michelle Erenberg

RESTORE Council will meet next week

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (the RESTORE Council) has announced that it will hold its first public meeting on December 11, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama.This is the first opportunity to formally engage with the Council that will direct billions of dollars from BP’s fines and penalties to restoration of the Gulf!Every Gulf Coast resident …

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Hurricane Isaac Relief

We are now two weeks out from Hurricane Issac’s landfall in Southeast Louisiana. Many of the communities hardest hit have a long road to recovery. Some of these communities are still working to remove the water. It is during trying times like these that we urge you to reach deep to provide much needed support …

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Hurricane Isaac Disaster Recovery Resources

Hurricane Isaac has had an enormous impact on Gulf Coast communities, many still recovering from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and, of course, the BP oil disaster. Although these communities are hailed for their resiliency, most recently by the president himself, we know that the road to recovery is long and hard. Additionally, sometimes not …

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Think Terrebonne: A Creative Community Planning Workshop

Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) and our partner Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO) hosted a forum at the North Branch Library in Terrebonne Parish to discuss the “non-structural” program for the 2012 Louisiana State Masterplan for a Sustainable Coast. Wondering what non-structural means? So are a lot of folks, and that’s one reason we convened …

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Tell Me What’s Happening…in the Gulf

Photo by the Gulf Restoration NetworkAs you know, Friday On April 20, 2012, the nation will mark two years since the start of BP’s oil drilling disaster. The oil disaster continues to impact Gulf communities and ecosystems, and support is still needed to restore the Gulf. All weekend, organizations across the Gulf are organizing commemorative …

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Gulf Future Coalition Releases “Sunshine on the Gulf: The Case for Transparency in Restoration Project Selection”

Organizations with the Gulf Future Coalition releasedSunshine on the Gulf: The Case for Transparency in Restoration Project Selection today, a report that outlines the need for formal public participation in restoration decision-making and puts forth a framework for evaluating the many proposed early restoration projects that are being decided now.Gulf Coast communities are frustrated by …

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Gulf Coast Task Force Releases Ecosystem Restoration Strategy

Last week, the White House’s Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (Task Force) took a significant steptowards restoring the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of BP’s oil drilling disaster, but there is still, of course, a long road to restoration. Created by the President and lead by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the Task Force …

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Policymakers and Scientists Meet to Tackle Gulf Dead Zone and Restoration

This year’s MS River flooding was another missed opportunity for land building that would protect Louisiana’s CoastLast week, I joined policymakers and scientists at a meeting to discuss reducing Dead Zone pollution in the Gulf and environmental restoration issues. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Hypoxia Task Force held a three day meeting in …

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What’s the difference between the Gulf of Mexico CAC and the RCAC?

Last week, I wrote a blog about the importance of engaging communities in the decision making process as we move forward with restoration plans and projects. Recognizing this, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force is creating a Gulf of Mexico Citizens Advisory Committee (GMCAC). This GMCAC will provide independent citizen advice to the EPA …

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