The Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) is a long-term
legal process in which the trustees from each state,
alongside other organizations with similar restoration
goals, work together to assess losses caused by the spill,
evaluate injuries associated with cleanup efforts and
implement restoration projects. Results will not be seen
immediately and projects will be implemented over months,
years and even decades.
A SCAT team at Perdido Key walks the beach removing oil product.
$1 Billion Agreement to Fund Early Gulf Coast Restoration Projects
On April 21, 2011 an agreement was announced by the Natural Resource Trustees for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Trustees), BP has agreed to provide $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico to address injuries to natural resources caused by the spill. The selection of early restoration projects for all Gulf States will follow a public process, and will be overseen by the Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council. Trustees will determine projects that qualify under the
Oil Pollution Act. Trustees will use the money to fund projects such as, but not limited to, the rebuilding of coastal marshes, replenishment of damaged beaches, conservation of sensitive areas for ocean habitat for injured wildlife and restoration of barrier islands and wetlands that provide natural protection from storms.
Framework for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
For more information visit Projects.
Other Ongoing Activities
DEP is in the process of accumulating all oil spill
related data that has been collected in Florida.
DEP, in coordination with the Florida Department of
Health, is conducting regular water quality sampling along
Northwest Florida beaches. Visit Sampling & Monitoring for
Florida’s trustees and representatives continue to meet
as part of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trustee Council and
the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Task Force. Visit
Meetings & Events
for more information.
Sandshark cleans sand at Pensacola Beach
One of the next steps is the
establishment of a Programmatic Environmental Impact
Statement (PEIS), which is a federal process with state
input, and is implemented under the
National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA). Federal agencies are required to integrate
environmental values into their decision-making processes by
considering the environmental impacts of proposed actions
and evaluating alternatives.
The purpose of a PEIS is:
- To disclose the foreseeable
environmental consequences of the proposed action and
alternatives to that action.
- To permit the public to
participate in the evaluation and selection among the
alternative courses of action.
Public meetings will be held throughout the affected Gulf
States to allow for sufficient public input in development
of a PEIS. The PEIS will be used as a guide for federal and
state agencies when making future
decisions regarding restoration projects and
More information about federal response and restoration
efforts can be found on