Following the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill,
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.
Please note that projects submitted previously through this website for consideration under RESTORE Act and NRDA Restoration will also be considered as candidates for funding under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. To suggest a new project for consideration, please click on the link below.
NRDA-- On June 26, 2014 the Final Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS) was made available by the Trustees. In response to your requests for concise information in an easy-to-read format, we developed a reader-friendly overview of Phase III.
Start here before reviewing the entire plan.
RESTORE—The Council has made significant progress in finalizing the processes for implementing large-scale restoration projects throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Approval of this process means Council members can begin submitting projects as early as next month with project vetting activities taking place later this fall. Check out the newly available Fact Sheets.
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.
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.
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.