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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.

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NRDAOn October 3, 2014 the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS) was approved by the Trustees. The Trustees developed a reader-friendly overview of Phase III. This approval marks all of the Phase III projects as final and we expect implementation within the next few months.

RESTORE—the Nov. 17 deadline for the state of Florida to submit their 5 proposals to the Council under the Council-Selected Restoration Component (Bucket 2) is quickly approaching. DEP and FWC held two public webinars, conducted outreach to state agencies, programs and local government to gather input on priorities for restoration in Florida. If you didn’t have a chance to join our webinars, you can review both recordings below. Please send in your comments, submit your projects through our online project portal or update your existing project no later than Nov. 5.

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. 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.

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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: October 24, 2014

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