Sanderling on Pensacola Beach
The Oil Pollution Act authorizes certain state and federal agencies to evaluate the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This legal process, known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), determines the type and amount of restoration needed to compensate the public for damages caused by the oil spill. DEP is playing a key role in Florida's restoration along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as co-trustees on the
Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council.
On April 20, 2011, BP agreed to provide $1 billion in early restoration funds to the NRDA Trustees for early restoration projects. The state of Florida has access to $100 million for early restoration projects.
Phase l & ll
The first two sets of projects in Florida put forth by the Trustees, totaling nearly $12 million, include a dune restoration and boat ramp enhancements as well as bird and sea turtle nesting habitat projects. Check out
Phase I fact sheet and
Phase II fact sheet.
On October 3, 2014 the Final Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS) was announced by the Trustees. The Trustees’ final decisions on the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS and each of the projects are documented in a Record of Decision which is available at
There are 30 Florida projects included in the plan, two of which are Department of Interior projects at Gulf Island National Seashore in Escambia County, and total $105 million in funding. With this third phase of early restoration, Florida’s $100 million has been expended but there are still federal dollars available for early restoration projects across the Gulf. See the Phase III fact sheets below.
The NRDA Trustees have selected and approved the10 early
restoration projects in the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments.
The10 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. There will be a public
meeting in Pensacola, FL on June 2nd from 6-9 p.m. at the Crowne
Trustees Finalize Fifth Phase of Early Restoration
The Trustees have finalized a plan for the fifth phase of early restoration for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The first phase of the Florida public access to natural resources and increase recreational opportunities at four sites in the Florida Panhandle.
The four sites include:
• Innerarity Point in Escambia County, Florida which would involve acquisition of a 3.38-acre property and the building of a public park on the property.
• A parcel in the City of Destin, Florida which would involve acquisition of a 3.42-acre parcel and the building of a public park on the property.
• A parcel in the City of Lynn Haven, Florida which would involve acquisition of a 90.7-acre tract, and building a public park on the property.
• Island View Park in Franklin County which would involve construction of a public park on a 7.3-acre parcel owned by Franklin County.
Infrastructure will be constructed at each location to facilitate and enhance recreational use. This could include pathways, boardwalks and docks with kayak launches, trails, and picnic areas, and other improvements. The project would also provide ecological benefits by removing invasive species and protecting important habitats.
This project is described in the draft Phase V Early Restoration Plan which incorporates public comments that were received on the draft plan. So far, we have approved four phases of early restoration, encompassing 64 projects at an estimated cost of $832 million.
Read the plan and see the fact sheets here.
As of January 13, 2014, 344 projects have been submitted to DEP and are included onList 1: Draft Restoration
Projects in Florida. As of January 13, 2014, 236 projects
are on List 2: Draft Early Restoration Projects, which
represents a reduction of projects from List 1 that meet
select criteria directly related to Early Restoration.
Projects not on List 2 may still qualify for restoration
related to the oil spill, but will not be considered for the
Early Restoration funds. All lists are dynamic and are
updated regularly. Please use the online submittal form to update or submit new projects.