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The RESTORE Act: A Conservation Solution
That Makes Economic Sense

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The Walton Family Foundation celebrated the passage of the RESTORE Act as part of the Surface Transportation Act approved by Congress on Friday, June 29. RESTORE is common-sense legislation that will dedicate 80 percent of the fines paid as a result of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to revitalize the ecosystems and economies of the Gulf Coast.

In an op-ed published in the Miami Herald on Thursday, July 5, WFF environment director Scott Burns praised Congress for passing this critical legislation. “Our conservation efforts cannot simply seek to preserve our environment, but must take into account the needs of the real people and communities that live and work there,” Burns said. “On Friday, Congress embraced some real wisdom, as unconventional as it may seem: the conservation solutions that make economic sense are the ones that last.”

-   Read Scott Burns’ op-ed in the Miami Herald

As part of our freshwater conservation strategy, The Walton Family Foundation supports gulf restoration projects that will create jobs, boost local economies and restore critical natural resources. We believe that to achieve lasting results, conservation solutions must protect ecosystems while sustaining the communities and economies that depend on them.