Obama’s Budget Includes $27 Million For Gulf Coast Restoration

It’s been a long time since we heard about the Gulf Coast in the mainstream media, but for those that live and work there, the effects of the BP oil spill disaster are a daily reality.

Thankfully, it seems that the lingering consequences of what many called “the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history” aren’t lost on President Obama.

In his recent budget proposal, Obama reinforced his commitment to the Gulf Coast by recommending the first-ever funding for restoration projects to reverse wetlands losses in the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) of the Mississippi River Delta.

Tell Congress: Act Now to Restore and Protect the Gulf Coast

The President’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fund LCA restoration is $27 million, including $10.845 million for wetlands feasibility studies, $5.4 million for wetlands pre-construction engineering and design studies, $10.62 million for wetlands construction projects and $100,000 for the LCA comprehensive plan.

Congress has not acted yet on the President’s FY 2011 budget request, which included $35.6 million for the Corps to fund LCA ecosystem restoration, split between $19 million for wetlands construction projects and $16.6 million for wetlands pre-construction engineering and design studies.

“The BP oil disaster shined a spotlight on the national economic importance of restoring the disappearing Louisiana Coastal Area ecosystem, and President Obama’s budget request recognizes this fact,” said a joint statement from several conservation groups, including the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, and National Wildlife Federation

“In the face of tough budget choices, the President’s budget recognizes that we cannot wait any longer to restore this critical natural and economic resource, and we urge Congress to meet this challenge.”

Tell Congress: Act Now to Restore and Protect the Gulf Coast

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120 comments

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Oh, I forgot to write -- what has happened to the $20 million? billion? that BP set aside to restore the Gulf to its original condition? Why aren't they paying, or is there any mention of their culpability and responsibility?

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

We're all pretty evenly distributed in voting. I voted "leaning yes" because despite the tea party, repubs know that the Gulf MUST be restored, or people will be very angry and vote against them. Pragmatic rationale, no altruistic motives.

Bill K.
Bill K.5 years ago

why isn't BP paying for this? because once again they prove just how effective it is to buy politicians in advance so they are ready for use when tragedy strikes

James C.
James C.5 years ago

27 million is pitiffuly to little and pittifully to late theres death to dolphins sea turtles and theres not only oil at the seabed but the chemical they used also. The food fished from there is most likely un eatable if it is I would be surprised and I wouldn't believe any govt reports on the issue. They would lie untill people started dying of cancer then they would deny that to or hire fake scientists to write fake papers there good at that.And by the way BP said they would be giving billions to clean that up what ever happened to that money ya ever wonder I sure do as why is the govt now funding it for a measly 27 million?

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.5 years ago

hope the coast sees the money

Marilyn Arnest
Marilyn Arnest5 years ago

Why is BP getting off scott free again with forcing OUR government to clean up their horrendous mess in the Gulf??? We won't see all of the ocean wildlife that are dying and suffering from this tragedy. Our government must make BP pay a lot more to do the right thing. The people that live in this area are suffering and so is the wildlife. We cannot let them get away with not doing much more to restore this precious area of our country. Did our government pay for the funeral expenses of the 11 men who died there too???

Colin Hope
Colin Hope5 years ago

Here goes the tax payers money again! What happened with BP? Seems like they have managed to side line the issues!!

Shelli Lea
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Travis Flickinger

cleaning up the Gulf is not a matter of money, but an obligation to action, regardless of funding

Paul C.
Paul C.5 years ago

$27 million doesn't seem like it will be nearly enough