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Deepwater Horizon Florida  
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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.

Recent Updates
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.

People on beach RESTORE 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.


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.


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: July 29, 2014

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