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State of Texas
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
News Release
Monday, August 02, 2010

TCEQ Commissioner Buddy Garcia to Represent Texas at Gulf of Mexico
Alliance Meeting Aug. 4-5 in Biloxi

Oil Spill Response and Recovery Among Key Topics  

Biloxi, Mississippi – Oil spill response and recovery and implementation of the Governors’ Action Plan are just a couple of the topics to be discussed by members of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) at the Implementation and Integration Workshop on Aug. 4-5, 2010, at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Biloxi. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance—Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida—was formalized in 2004 as the result of a shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region.

TCEQ Commissioner Buddy Garcia is Texas’ representative to GOMA, appointed by Governor Rick Perry.  Commissioner Garcia will be attending the meeting.

"The Gulf oil spill has underlined the value of the Gulf of Mexico to the United States, a value measured in jobs, in seafood, in energy and natural resources, and in recreation," said Buddy Garcia, TCEQ Commissioner. "Partnerships formed through GOMA have helped make our coasts and the Gulf of Mexico a better place. This upcoming meeting will lend a special urgency to our goals of ensuring a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region."

“GOMA has provided an invaluable existing network of professionals as we address the current and potential impacts of the recent oil spill,” said William Walker, Ph.D., executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and chair of the GOMA Management Team. “By collaborating with other Gulf states and Mexico, we can work together as a region to address issues concerning the health of the Gulf.”

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is comprised of Priority Issue Teams (PITs): water quality, habitat conservation and restoration, managing nutrient inputs and reducing impacts, ecosystem integration and assessment, coastal community resilience, and environmental education. As part of the GOMA Implementation and Integration Workshop, PITs will conduct working sessions to discuss progress in achieving goals, assess and modify priorities, and develop work plans for the coming year. PIT members will explore how the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill response and recovery can be integrated into their missions and examine the actions that have already been taken.

For more information on GOMA, contact Valerie Kleinschmidt at 804-335-7092.

The Alliance recognizes the economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health.  Through the collaborative leadership of local, state and federal government partners, and the active participation of businesses and non-governmental organizations, the Alliance is addressing issues facing the Gulf region. The Governor’s Action Plan for Healthy & Resilient Coasts, endorsed by all five Governors, outlines specific actions needed to achieve the Alliance’s mission. To view the Action Plan and learn about the priority issues visit .

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