DRIFTWOOD OUTDOORS: Restoring the Gulf Region
Congress passes legislation to help troubled area
Sunday, July 29, 2012
The final hurdle in making the RESTORE Act a reality has been cleared.
In June, the Senate and House for the Surface Transportation Extension Act Conference passed the RESTORE Act, which dedicates 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster to restoring the Gulf Coast environment and economy.
I first reported on the RESTORE Act in February when I was invited to go to Washington, D.C. to meet with senators in hopes of helping to sway their votes in favor of passing this landmark legislation. Working as a small spoke in a large wheel of people and organizations working together to help right a devastating wrong and bring balance back to the Gulf has been an honor. I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that was done in the name of conservation.