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Public Hearing Today by Gulf of Mexico Alliance

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance -- a partnership among Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas working to enhance the economic and ecological health of the Gulf -- is holding a public hearing today in Tampa. 

The public hearing is starting at 4 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa. The group will discuss the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring and Technology Program (RESTORE Act Science Program).

Congress passed the RESTORE Act after the BP oil spill in 2010. The legislation is meant to hold BP and others responsible for the spill and it creates a framework to manage and finance the Gulf's recovery.

The alliance will hold its 8th annual meeting at the hotel on June 25-June 27. They'll give updates on the state of the science in the Gulf, restoration needs and new network incorporations into the alliance, according to their press release.

For a schedule of the meeting's sessions, click here.

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