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.
PDARP/PEIS - In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of
1990 (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),
the Deepwater Horizon Federal and State natural resource
trustee agencies (Trustees) have prepared a Draft
Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS).
The Draft PDARP/PEIS presents the assessment of impacts of
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on natural resources in the
Gulf of Mexico and on the services those resources provide,
and proposes the type and amount of restoration needed to
compensate the public for these impacts. The Draft PDARP/PEIS
describes the Trustees’ programmatic alternatives being
considered to restore natural resources, ecological
services, and recreational use services injured or lost as a
result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Trustees
evaluated these proposed programmatic alternatives under the
criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage
assessment regulations, and also evaluated the environmental
consequences of these proposed programmatic alternatives in
accordance with NEPA. The Draft PDARP/PEIS will be made
available to the public on October 5, 2015, comments will be
taken until December 4, 2015.
You may submit
comments on the Draft PDARP/PEIS by one of following
• Via the Web:
• U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567,
Atlanta, GA 30345.
Consent Decree - On July 2, 2015 an agreement in principle
was announced in which BP Exploration & Production Inc. (BP)
will pay a total of $18.732 billion for Clean Water Act
civil penalties, natural resource damage claims, and
economic claims related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The state of Florida will receive at least $3.252 billion.
The Draft Consent Decree between the Federal government,
the five Gulf Coast States, and BP details what BP must do
to resolve the claims filed against it by the Federal
government, and the Gulf Coast States, for the company’s
role in the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The
Draft Consent Decree will be lodged on October 5, 2015 with
the U.S. District Court in New Orleans, and public comment
will be sought for at least 60 days.
• The Draft Consent Decree is available at
• Public comment may be addressed to the Department of
During the public comment period, the
Deepwater Horizon Trustees and the U.S. Department of
Justice plan to hold a series of public meetings at
locations in each Gulf Coast State and in Washington, D.C.
The meetings will allow the public to learn more about the
Draft PDARP/PEIS and Draft Consent Decree and to provide
further opportunity for public input.
Tuesday, October 27th
Public Meeting Pensacola Bay Center
201 E. Gregory St
Pensacola, FL 32502
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Thursday, October 29th
Public Meeting Hilton
333 1st St. S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
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
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, DEP and FWC
an interactive infographic highlighting recovery efforts.
Click any of the facts for additional information.
NRDA— Phase IV Early Restoration projects: The NRDA Trustees have selected and approved the 10 early restoration projects in the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments. The 10 projects have a combined estimated cost of $134 million and will benefit sea turtles, birds, and fish; increase recreational opportunities; and improve nearshore and reef habitats. Read more here
Information for Vendors: 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 – On August 13, 2015 the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) released a draft of its initial Funded Priority List (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 public meetings were held in Florida on the draft FPL.
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.
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.
Deepwater 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.
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.
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.
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.