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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

RESTORE Act Draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) released – On August 13, 2015 the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) released the Draft FPL. This draft FPL would fund approximately $139.6 million in restoration activities such as hydrologic restoration, land conservation, and planning for large-scale restoration projects. Additionally, the Council is reserving approximately $43.6 million for implementation of future activities, subject to further Council review. The state of Florida would receive approximately $38 million in project funding, which includes $18 million in Florida sponsored projects and $20 million in other Council Member sponsored projects.

Two Florida public meetings are scheduled. One in St. Petersburg on August 26 and a second in Panama City on August 27 The Council encourages public input and will take into consideration all public comments before finalizing the FPL.

Deepwater Horizon Settlement – On July 2, 2015 an agreement in principle was announced that BP will pay a total of $18.732 billion, which is broken down between Clean Water Act penalties, natural resource damage claims, and economic claims, across the Gulf States. The state of Florida will receive at least $3.25 billion. Please see links below for more information

  • oil spill thumbnail imageFive years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, DEP and FWC created an interactive infographic highlighting recovery efforts. Click any of the facts for additional information.

  • NRDA— The public comment period for the Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments has been extended to July 6, 2015. The draft plan proposes 10 projects that have a combined estimated cost of $134 million. The proposed projects would benefit sea turtles, birds, and fish; increase recreational opportunities; and improve nearshore and reef habitats. Read more here

  • NRDA Phase III Early Restoration projects: Vendors should register with the state’s Vendor Bid System (VBS) through the Department of Management Services. Go to http://www.myfloridamarketplace.com and follow the prompts and directions provided. Once registered they can view requests for services and bids for any state project 24/7. Different state agencies in Florida will manage the projects on a case-by-case basis.

  • RESTORE – The Council’s draft FPL focuses on 10 key watersheds in the Gulf; four of which are in Florida: Pensacola Bay, Apalachicola Bay, Suwannee River, and Tampa Bay. The draft FPL is composed of two Categories of projects. Category 1 includes planning only projects, shovel ready projects, and funding for completion of project environmental compliance. Category 1 projects will be eligible to submit grant applications for funding upon approval of the Final FPL. Florida would have a total of $22 million in Category 1. Category 2 projects include future implementation of projects in Category 1 that have not yet completed all of the planning and/or environmental compliance. Category 2 projects are Council priorities for further review and potential future funding. Florida would have a total of $16 million in Category 2. Some projects are included in both Categories 1 and 2.

    The Council’s draft FPL and information on submitting comments can be found on https://www.restorethegulf.gov/

    The Council will also be holding public meetings on the draft FPL. There will be two public meetings in Florida, please see:


  • NFWF—FWC and DEP will be coordinating on a science-based restoration plan with technical assistance from the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. It will identify priority projects for future funding consideration from NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. Read more here.


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. Please note the online project form is most compatible with Internet Explorer.

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.


Important Phone Numbers

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

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

Last updated: August 17, 2015

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