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Forum Outlines Opportunities for Public Input in Louisiana Coastal Restoration

Jun 16, 2011

The Delta Discussion Group and The Urban Conservancy will host “Getting it Done Together: The Public’s Role in Shaping Our Coast’s Future” on Thursday, June 23, 2011, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at the Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA. This panel of experts will detail the opportunities for public input in long-term state and federal processes critical to the future of coastal Louisiana.

Contact: Petra Marar
Email: petra.h.marar@gmail.com
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For Immediate Release
June 16, 2011

FREE FORUM OUTLINES OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC INPUT IN LOUISIANA COASTAL RESTORATION

The Delta Discussion Group and The Urban Conservancy will host “Getting it Done Together: The Public’s Role in Shaping Our Coast’s Future” on Thursday, June 23, 2011, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at the Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA. This panel of experts will detail the opportunities for public input in long-term state and federal processes critical to the future of coastal Louisiana.

Representatives of the Gulf Restoration Network, the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy, the Office of Coastal Protection & Restoration, and the National Wildlife Federation will discuss the public’s role in four of these processes: the State 2012 Master Plan, Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Clean Water Act and other legislation, and the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Citizen Advisory Council.

In addition, Dr. Scott P. Milroy, of the University of Southern Mississippi, will present new, original research on PAH (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon) contamination in the Mississippi Sound, addressing the public’s concern for the safety of local seafood since the BP oil disaster.

“Citizens must be proactive and vocal in these processes if they want their viewpoints to be represented in outcomes,” says Dana Eness, Executive Director of The Urban Conservancy and one of the facilitators of the Delta Discussion Group. “But a lack of accessible, accurate information can severely limit civic participation. This forum’s presentations, research, handouts and question and answer period will prepare concerned coastal citizens with consolidated, practical information required to participate in the coastal restoration process.”

The forum is free and open to the public. Required registration and complete details are accessible here.

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