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NRDA Projects  

Early Restoration

Early restoration projects are those that can be implemented prior to the completion of the process where injuries to natural resources are known, ongoing or believed to have occurred. Early restoration projects are utilized when the trustees and those responsible for a spill can agree to initiate some restoration work without having to wait for the results of the NRDA and resolution of the claim. The decision to undertake early restoration does not mean that no other restoration will take place or that the responsible parties are absolved of liability. Because the early restoration is expected to compensate for only part of the injuries caused by the spill, additional restoration planning, implementation and monitoring will occur following the traditional NRDA restoration process. Project ideas can be submitted at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/give-us-your-ideas/.

$1 Billion Agreement to Fund Early Gulf Coast Restoration Projects
Initial early restoration projects will be funded as a result of the unprecedented, Framework for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill agreement. Through this agreement BP has committed $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf States.

The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees announce the finalization of Phase I of the DWH Oil Spill Phase 1 Early Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (ERP/EA). This plan includes the Phase 1 NRDA projects, which will be a dune restoration project on Pensacola Beach and four boat ramp revitalization construction projects in Escambia County. The Phase 1 NRDA projects are expected to cost an estimated $5.7 million, including possible contingencies, of the $100 million dollars Florida will receive for early restoration projects. The dune project was completed November 2012, three boat ramps are complete, and the last boat ramp is slated to begin construction in fall 2014.

In late 2012 the Trustees announced a second round of early restoration projects focusing on protecting beach-nesting birds and sea turtles, whose habitats were injured by response activates resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The additional NRDA projects include two projects; the first focusing on restoring nesting habitats for beach nesting birds and the other project plans to reduce artificial lighting impacts on nesting habitat for sea turtles. These projects are expected to cost an estimated $6.3 million, of the $100 million dollars Florida will receive for early restoration projects. Both of the projects are planned to take place in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties. The projects in this plan were addressed separately from other early restoration projects in order to derive more natural resource benefits by implementing them in time for the 2013 nesting season.

In December 2013 the Trustees released a draft plan that proposes $627 million in Early Restoration projects across the Gulf States. The Draft Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement were available for public review and comment through February 19, 2014.

The Phase III Early Restoration draft plan proposed 28 projects sponsored by the Trustees for the state of Florida. The estimated cost of the projects total $88 million.

On June 26, 2014 the Final Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS) was made available by the Trustees. In response to your requests for concise information in an easy-to-read format, we developed a reader-friendly overview of Phase III. Start here before reviewing the entire plan.

The Trustees’ final decisions on the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS and each of the projects will be documented in a final Record of Decision expected to be issued this summer.

The Final Phase III ERP/PEIS, Executive Summary, Public Repositories list and our reader-friendly overview of Phase III are available below. Spanish and Vietnamese coming soon.


Final Phase III ERP/PEIS:


Spanish Vietnamese


View a slideshow of general information about the process and criteria for early restoration.

As of January 13, 2014, 344 projects have been submitted to DEP and are included on List 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.


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Last updated: July 02, 2014

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