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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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NRDA— Vendors who are interested in Phase III early restoration projects state projects should register with the state’s Vendor Bid System (VBS) through the Department of Management Services. Interested vendors may go to 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.

Please contact Ashley M. Williams, Ashley.M.Williams@dep.state.fl.us, 850-245-2197 for more information.

RESTORE—On November 17, 2014 Governor Rick Scott submitted 5 proposals to the Council for consideration under the Council-Selected Restoration Component, commonly known as Bucket 2. The five proposals are reflective of the council’s two main focus areas of water quality protection and improvement, and habitat restoration. Many of Florida’s estuaries and watersheds would be improved through the implementation of the projects within each proposal. These proposals address high priority restoration needs in 10 major watersheds from Perdido Bay to Tampa Bay. They represent the feedback received from numerous meetings with stakeholders and citizens. Additionally, the proposals represent projects from the list of over 1,200 submissions to DEPs online project portal.

See full proposal summary below. Full proposals can be found on the About RESTORE Act page.

Florida’s Five Proposals Summary

NFWF—On November 17, 2014 the 2014 funded projects were announced for the state of Florida. A total of $34.3 million for nine projects will address high priority conservation needs. The projects, developed in consultation with the FWC, DEP and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the oil spill. See the NFWF Projects page for more information on each project.

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: February 04, 2015

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