Building a Restoration Economy

Environmental Restoration = Economic Restoration

Investing in coastal restoration in the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast provides quadruple returns, by supporting jobs in multiple sectors:

  • Tourism and fishing jobs
  • Infrastructure-related jobs in oil and gas, ports and other transportation areas
  • Jobs in firms engaged in restoration work
  • Creation of a new export industry in restoration — a growing global market

The RESTORE Act (S. 1400) will enable the Clean Water Act penalties from the 2010 BP oil disaster to kick start the launch of a long-term investment in coastal ecosystem restoration.

Without action from Congress, those fines could have gone to unrelated federal spending, instead of repairing the area damaged by the spill.

A healthy coastal ecosystem is vital for the Gulf’s economy and has the potential to create jobs for businesses across the United States.

Map: Relevant U.S. employee locations of firms linked to Gulf Coast restoration projects