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State of Texas
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
News Release
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

On February 21, 2018, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) voted to approve its

2017 Annual Report to Congress. This vote was conducted during a Council teleconference. The Annual Report to Congress summarizes the Council’s 2017 calendar year activities, including but not limited to accomplishments related to the funding approvals to date for both the Council-Selected Restoration Component (commonly referred to as “Bucket 2”) and the Spill Impact Component (commonly referred to as “Bucket 3”). 

The 2017 Annual Report to Congress includes reports from the Centers of Excellence. The RESTORE Act dedicates 2.5 percent of the Trust Fund to the

Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program, administered by the Department of Treasury. These funds may be used to establish Centers of Excellence for science, technology, and monitoring. To date four Centers of Excellence have been established: 

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