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Following the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, the state of Florida implemented response operations and emergency restoration. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the lead state agency for responding to impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the resulting restoration process.

Latest Updates
NRDA—On June 26, 2014 the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS) was made available by the Trustees. The Trustees developed a reader-friendly overview of Phase III. Final approval of the Phase III early restoration projects is expected this summer.

RESTORE—The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has recently announced their process by which Council members may submit projects for consideration of funds under the Council-Selected Restoration Component through Nov. 17. The Council has noted that the initial projects to be funded will focus on water quality and habitat restoration. The state of Florida is considering many project proposals that align with these focus areas, such as watershed restoration. All the projects submitted through our online portal will be considered but we are requesting that any new project proposals or updates to existing proposals be submitted through the portal as soon as possible. Upcoming outreach for public input on project proposals:

  • Deepwater Horizon RESTORE Act Funding and Projects Update Webinar
    Date:Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
    Register today: Deepwater Horizon RESTORE Act Webinar
     
  • Deepwater Horizon RESTORE Act Public Meeting
    Location: Gulf Coast State College, Conference Center in Student Union East
    5230 West U.S. Highway 98
    Panama City, FL 32401
    Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST
    For more information contact:
    Ashley M. Williams, Gulf Coast Public Affairs Manager
    ashley.m.williams@dep.state.fl.us
    850-245-2197

Please review the Public Input Guide, developed by the Council, for more information on the Council-Selected Restoration Component.

NFWF—On April 7, 2014 DEP and FWC held a public webinar and accepted public comment on potential projects for the next round of NFWF funding. Project selection is expected in November.

Response—DEP currently monitors the beaches in Escambia County for residual oiling. View the most recent reports.
 

People on beachDeepwater Horizon Projects in Florida

Check out our new user-friendly map of Deepwater Horizon Projects that have been funded in the state of Florida.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to accept project proposals. Please note that projects submitted through our website will be considered for funding under RESTORE Act, NRDA Restoration and NFWF. To suggest a new project for consideration, please click on the link below.


Turtle returning to GulfNRDA Restoration

The Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are playing key roles in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill early restoration process. Early restoration efforts are occurring throughout the Gulf States and are being facilitated by the Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council (Trustees). The Trustees are evaluating the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill on natural resources and working on behalf of the public to full compensation for loss of natural resources.


People on beachRESTORE Act

The RESTORE Act, which was passed by Congress on June 29, 2012 and signed into law on July 6, 2012 by the President, provides a vehicle for Clean Water Act civil and administrative penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Governor Rick Scott appointed Mimi A. Drew as his designee to represent Florida on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which is responsible for implementing the Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast's Ecosystem and Economy.


Aerial view of gulf and beachNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to administer funds arising from plea agreements that resolve the criminal cases against BP and Transocean. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection work directly with NFWF to identify projects for the state of Florida, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Important Phone Numbers

  • Claims
    (800) 916-4893
  • Report Oil
    (800) 320-0519
  • Environment/Community Hotline
    (866) 448-5816
Media

  • Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
    (713) 323-1670
  • DEP Press Office
    (850) 245-2112
  • News Archive

Last updated: September 12, 2014

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