The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is beginning to draft a restoration plan to address lost recreational opportunities caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan will include projects under the “Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities” restoration type. It will be consistent with the Trustees’ programmatic restoration plan. The plan will evaluate up to $22 million in projects using funds that had been originally allocated to the Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement, Research, and Science Center early restoration project.

We began this restoration planning effort on November 23, 2016, by requesting project ideas from the public. The comment period for project ideas closed on June 16. We greatly appreciate your input and are reviewing your project ideas. We will continue to consider them in our restoration planning efforts.

We expect to release a draft restoration plan this year. The public will be given the opportunity to review and provide input on the proposed plan, including specific projects proposed for implementation. After the public comment period ends, we will review, consider, and incorporate public comments, as appropriate, before releasing a final restoration plan.