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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill  

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill One Year Later

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the lead state agency for responding to impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill along Florida’s shoreline. In addition, DEP is the lead designated trustee for the state of Florida on the Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as a co-trustee and DEP has a representative member on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force.


  • DEP is sampling water and sediment along the Northwest Florida coastline through the swim season.
  • All sampling conducted and analyzed in Florida has registered below levels of concern according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) human health benchmarks for air, water or sediment.
  • Response continues in Florida and field teams are recovering much smaller quantities of oil each day from Florida’s coastline.
  • Any observed oil is scheduled for pick-up and properly disposed.
  • Ongoing impacts are expected to be minimal and are more likely to be seen in the western counties.
  • Restoration efforts are ongoing throughout the Gulf States and are being led by the Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force.

For detailed information on response and restoration activities from DEP view the full DEP Deepwater Horizon One Year Later summary. FWC has also produced an FWC Deepwater Horizon One Year Later summary.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Florida

By the Numbers (as of April 13, 2011)

Oil Product Collected 2,498,742 pounds
Approximate Miles of Coastline Impacted 200 miles
Total Feet of Boom Deployed in Florida 791,061 feet
Date Oil First Hit Florida's Coastline June 4, 2010
Total Environmental Samples Analyzed by DEP (Air, Water, Sediment) 2,102 Samples
Total Environmental Samples Collected Overall in Florida (Water, Tissue, Sediment, Submersed Aquatic Vegetation, Tar Balls and Oil) More than 10,000 Samples
Overall DEP Costs $36,311,856.23
DEP Employees Worked 909 employees
DEP Staff Hours Worked More than 142,000 hours
FWC Employees Worked 736 employees
FWC Staff Hours Worked More than 73,000 hours

FWC Wildlife Figures

Total recovered oiled birds in Florida 1,207
Total oiled birds recovered alive in Florida 953 (42 Released)
Total oiled sea turtles recovered in Florida 86
Total oiled sea turtles recovered alive in Florida 17 (6 Released)
Total number of sea turtle nests relocated from Northwest Florida 262
Total number of sea turtle hatchlings released on the east coast 13,688



Important Phone Numbers

  • Claims
    (800) 916-4893
  • Report Oil
    (800) 320-0519
  • Environment/Community Hotline
    (866) 448-5816

  • Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
    (713) 323-1670
  • DEP Press Office
    (850) 245-2112
  • News Archive

Last updated: November 03, 2014

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