Within a day or two after the launch of the Coastal Recovery Commission (CRC), the Commission’s three broad committees addressing a Healthy Environment, a Healthy Society, a Healthy Economy were already breaking down into sub-committees and setting meeting places and times.
As the groups add meetings, we’ll post them under WHEN & WHERE on the toolbar above. The meetings are open to the public and are intended to help to identify impacts of the oil spill, then to begin addressing potential long-term solutions.
One important gathering already scheduled is the Auburn University-sponsored Road to Restoration conference, Oct. 5-6, in Orange Beach. Check under WHEN & WHERE for more info.
Sandy Stimpson and Dr. Conrad Pierce, who head the Healthy Society committee, have come up with the two questions they’re asking their sub-committees to address. Modified for application to any of the topics, the immediate tasks are:
- Identify the impact of the BP oil spill on ____________. Outline the negative vulnerabilities that have become known.
- Propose bold but attainable goals that would be a roadmap toward making our community more resilient in the area of ____________ to both man-made and natural disasters.
Guided by those two approaches, the sub-committees will then have the base knowledge to ask the next key questions:
- What’s missing from our data? What else do we need, who else do we need to include, to get an authoritative picture of where we are now?
- Given what we know about where we are now and where we want to go to make our region more resilient to challenges in the future, how do we get there?
Answers to that last question will be in the form of recommendations in the CRC’s final report on Dec. 15.
Keep following our posts here to see how the committees and sub-committees are advancing toward answering these important questions. And check out the times and places for meetings under the WHEN & WHERE tab for oppotunities to participate.
Also: Don’t forget that we’re inviting suggestions and questions – either general ones or ones aimed at our specific subject areas – in the space below. Let us hear from you.