- Restoring and conserving habitat;
- Restoring water quality;
- Replenishing and protecting coastal and marine natural resources; and
- Enhancing community resilience.
- Improving sediment management to maximize the quantity and effective use of sediments utilizing what the Task Force calls a “strategic use” approach to sediment management.
- Restoring and preserving more natural sediment and freshwater distribution river processes.
- Decreasing and managing excess nutrient levels in the Gulf by developing and implementing state nutrient reduction frameworks.
- Reduce excess nutrients and hypoxia in coastal waters by focusing restoration measures in priority watersheds.
- Coordinating and expanding water quality monitoring in support of adaptive management of programs and projects designed to improve water quality.
The Task Force developed its Strategy based upon its review of existing plans and remedial work, and by conducting public outreach over the last year. President Barack Obama established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force on October 5, 2010, and it consists of representatives from the five Gulf States and 11 federal agencies.