With the RESTORE Act passed through Congress and sent to President Obama for his signature, there is joy on the Gulf Coast -- including the Global Green New Orleans office, where staff members continue to work on wetlands restoration efforts. In a post on the White House website, EPA's Lisa Jackson wrote, "...our goal and commitment is not simply to address the damage caused by the spill -- it is to ensure the long term improvement and restoration of the Gulf Coast and its unique ecosystems."
"This is a historic moment for our region," said U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu -- the Louisiana senator who co-authored the bill -- in a statement. "The Gulf Coast states and our coastal residents and businesses should be very proud of Congressional action today. The RESTORE Act directs that 80 percent of the penalty money be invested along the Gulf Coast where the injury occurred when the Deepwater Horizon blew up more than two years ago. These funds will help jumpstart, in a significant way, coastal restoration in Louisiana. We have the science, the plan and the will, and all we needed was the money -- let's get started."