Gulf Oil Spill News

20 months after Gulf oil spill, Task Force makes recommendations

by Michael Lewis Green & Clean December 28, 2011

After more than 40 meetings, and after soliciting input from the public, the Task Force released its final strategies and recommendations earlier this month.The full document, which can be viewed in PDF form here, makes a host of recommendations. Among them:

  • Stopping the Loss of Critical Wetlands, Sand Barriers and Beaches: The strategy recommends placing ecosystem restoration on an equal footing with historic uses such as navigation and flood damage reduction by approaching water resource management decisions in a far more comprehensive manner that will bypass harm to wetlands, barrier islands and beaches. The strategy also recommends implementation of several Congressionally authorized projects in the Gulf that are intended to reverse the trend of wetlands loss.
  • Reducing the Flow of Excess Nutrients into the Gulf: The strategy calls for working in the Gulf and upstream in the Mississippi watershed to reduce the flow of excess nutrients into the Gulf by supporting state nutrient reduction frameworks, new nutrient reduction approaches, and targeted watershed work to reduce agricultural and urban sources of excess nutrients.
  • Enhancing Resiliency among Coastal Communities: The strategy calls for enhancing the quality of life of Gulf residents by working in partnership with the Gulf with coastal communities. The strategy specifically recommends working with each of the States to build the integrated capacity needed through effective coastal improvement plans to better secure the future of their coastal communities and to implement existing efforts underway.

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