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.
RESTORE Act Draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) released – On August 13, 2015 the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) released the
Draft FPL. This draft FPL would fund approximately $139.6 million in restoration activities such as hydrologic restoration, land conservation,
and planning for large-scale restoration projects. Additionally, the Council is reserving approximately $43.6 million for implementation of
future activities, subject to further Council review. The state of Florida would receive approximately $38 million in project funding, which
includes $18 million in Florida sponsored projects and $20 million in other Council Member sponsored projects.
Two Florida public meetings are scheduled. One in St. Petersburg on August 26 and a second in Panama City on August 27 The Council encourages
public input and will take into consideration all public comments before finalizing the FPL.
Deepwater Horizon Settlement – On July 2, 2015 an agreement in principle was announced that BP will pay a total of $18.732 billion, which is broken down between
Clean Water Act penalties, natural resource damage claims, and economic claims, across the Gulf States. The state of Florida will receive at least $3.25 billion. Please
see links below for more information
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, DEP and FWC
an interactive infographic highlighting recovery efforts.
Click any of the facts for additional information.
NRDA— The public comment period for the
Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental
Assessments has been extended to July 6, 2015. The draft plan proposes 10 projects
that have a combined estimated cost of $134 million. The
proposed projects would benefit sea turtles, birds, and
fish; increase recreational opportunities; and improve nearshore
and reef habitats. Read more here
NRDA Phase III Early Restoration projects: Vendors should
register with the state’s Vendor Bid System (VBS) through
the Department of Management Services. Go to
http://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.
RESTORE – The Council’s draft FPL focuses on 10 key watersheds in the Gulf; four of which are in Florida: Pensacola Bay, Apalachicola
Bay, Suwannee River, and Tampa Bay. The draft FPL is composed of two Categories of projects. Category 1 includes planning only projects, shovel ready
projects, and funding for completion of project environmental compliance. Category 1 projects will be eligible to submit grant applications for funding
upon approval of the Final FPL. Florida would have a total of $22 million in Category 1. Category 2 projects include future implementation of projects
in Category 1 that have not yet completed all of the planning and/or environmental compliance. Category 2 projects are Council priorities for further
review and potential future funding. Florida would have a total of $16 million in Category 2. Some projects are included in both Categories 1 and 2.
The Council’s draft FPL and information on submitting comments can be found on
The Council will also be holding public meetings on the draft FPL. There will be two public meetings in Florida, please see:
NFWF—FWC and DEP will be coordinating on a science-based restoration plan with technical assistance from the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. It will identify priority projects for future funding consideration from NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. Read more here.
Deepwater 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Report Oil
- Environment/Community Hotline
Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
DEP Press Office