On 5 December 2011, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force unveiled its final strategy for long-term ecosystem restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. The policy outlines four major goals: restore and conserve habitat, restore water quality, replenish and protect living coastal and marine resources, and enhance community resilience. Scientific research is considered as the basis to inform these actions.

The Task Force was created by President Obama to address the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as decades of wetland loss, eutrophication, and harm caused by other stresses.

The final report provides details about the scientific research and monitoring that is needed. Identified needs include gap analysis and integration of environmental monitoring programs; improved data standardization, dissemination, and visualization; modeling to adjust restoration actions; identification of key determinants of ecosystem resilience; and assessing the value of ecosystem services.

Read the report at http://www.epa.gov/gulfcoasttaskforce.


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