Seagulls on the beach.
About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF)
Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) was established in early
2013 as a result of the plea agreements resolving the criminal
charges against BP and Transocean after the Deepwater Horizon oil
spill. The agreements directed a total of $2.54 billion to GEBF
over a five-year period. Under the plea agreements, $356 million
was allocated for projects within the state of Florida that “remedy
harm to natural resources where there has been injury to, or
destruction of, loss of, or loss of use of those resources”
resulting from the oil spill. The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) and DEP work directly with NFWF to
identify GEBF projects for the state of Florida in consultation
with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration.
The Florida GEBF Restoration Strategy
Since 2015, FWC and DEP have received funds from NFWF to develop the Florida GEBF Restoration Strategy. The primary objective of the Restoration Strategy is to provide a cohesive vision for planning the remaining GEBF investments in Florida to best address restoration needs for resources affected by the oil spill. The Restoration Strategy will identify watershed-specific, top restoration needs based on a comprehensive review of existing conservation and management plans based on the three GEBF funding priorities. The Restoration Strategy will also include watershed-specific potential action lists mined from project proposals in the state of Florida’s online project (Portal; see sidebar). In addition, this effort funds activities that will significantly inform the Restoration Strategy including updates to the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) plans in the
Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) and the
Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) as well as a
submerged aquatic vegetation assessment by FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
On Sept. 14, 2016, FWC and DEP conducted a public webinar to present the Draft Restoration Strategy and provide an opportunity for feedback.To receive a digital copy of the Draft Restoration Strategy or a PDF of the webinar slides, please email
Amy.Raker@MyFWC.com. View a recording of the webinar at
https://youtu.be/ggEcWpHT4gk. You can also view the
summary of feedback on the Draft Restoration Strategy received from Sept. 12, 2016, to the end of the comment period on Oct. 5, 2016. These comments and recommendations will be evaluated and considered during the development of the Final Restoration Strategy in 2017.
On February 28, 2017, FWC and DEP conducted a public webinar to provide an update on the Restoration Strategy.
View a PDF of the slides. You can also view an updated
2017 timeline for the Restoration Strategy.
To receive updates and notifications on public engagement opportunities, please join our GEBF stakeholder email list by emailing
2017 GEBF Cycle (in progress)
2016 GEBF Cycle
2015 GEBF Cycle
2014 GEBF Cycle
2013 GEBF Cycle