Ecosystem Restoration group to host meeting Thursday at Civic Center

By By John Guidroz / American Press

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is hosting a series of meetings this month to get public input on restoring the

Gulf coast following the 2010 BP oil disaster.

One of the meetings is set for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Jean Lafitte Room.

The council recently released a draft plan known as “Path Forward,” a long-term coastal restoration plan for the Gulf coast

region. Feedback from the public will be considered before a final plan is released.

According to the Resources and

Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity, and Revived Economies of

the Gulf States, or

RESTORE Act, a portion of the fines associated with BP spill will

be invested into restoring and protecting the Gulf coast.

Other meetings are taking place in New Orleans, Biloxi, Miss., and Panama City Beach, Fla.