Q&A with Head of the Gulf Coast Restoration Task Force

Executive director of the Gulf Coast Restoration Task Force
John Hankinson Jr.
TAMPA (2010-11-10) -

A newly-minted task force met this week in Pensacola to sort out what damage has been done to the Gulf - and what needs to be done to restore its fragile ecosystems.

It's called the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and the Floridian named as its executive director says they've got a huge task ahead - but he looks forward to making quick progress. John Hankinson Jr. of St. Augustine says the group will take a scientific approach to what needs to be done to protect what he calls a "national treasure.'

The 14-member group includes federal officials as well as environmental regulators from every Gulf State, including the head of Florida's department of Environmental Protection. They have been asked by President Obama to come up with a restoration plan by October.

WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Hankinson about the group's mission - and his expectations.

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