The Bay Area Resource Council (BARC) was awarded a $2 million cooperative agreement on Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program to develop a new estuary program in the Florida panhandle.
The Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program will aim to protect and restore our watershed and achieve sustainable environmental results. EPA sponsored the project in partnership with the state of Florida for inclusion on the RESTORE Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Funding Priorities List.
The Gulf of Mexico Program began in 1988 to protect, restore and maintain the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in economically sustainable ways. The Gulf of Mexico Program is funded by the EPA and is a non-regulatory, inclusive consortium of state and federal government agencies and representatives of the business and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists, environmentalists, and community leaders from all five Gulf States.
BARC is made up of elected officials from municipalities in the region. Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn serves on the board for the City of Pensacola.