The RESTORE Act (Act), which was passed by Congress on June 29, 2012 and
signed into law on July 6, 2012 by President Obama, provides a vehicle for
civil and administrative Clean Water Act penalties from the Deepwater
Horizon disaster, which occurred on April 20, 2010, to be shared across the
Gulf. The Act provides that 80% of penalties collected as a result of the
spill will be allocated to the five Gulf States in a variety of categories.
In Florida, the 23 Gulf coastal counties have access to two categories, 35%
directly to the counties; and 30% to a consortium of
counties. A third category provides that 30% of the funds be used for
projects of Gulf-wide significance, and will be allocated according to a
Comprehensive Plan developed by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
(Council). Governor Scott represents Florida on the Council, and has asked
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to propose restoration
projects to the Council for inclusion in their Funded
Priorities List. There are
two other categories of 2.5% each with one category providing monitoring
and science support for NOAA and US Fish and Wildlife
Service; and the other category providing funding to Centers
of Excellence Research Grants (Grants).
In order to provide an opportunity for the public to suggest potential
projects for the state to consider submitting to the Council, the DEP has created an
online project submittal form.
Project submittals will be evaluated carefully by
DEP in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, and selected projects will ultimately be submitted to the
Council by the Governor for consideration for inclusion in the
Funded Priorities List. Priority will be given to projects that address one of
the following areas:
- Stormwater / Wastewater infrastructure projects,
- Community resilience / Living shorelines,
- Water quality projects including those which achieve water quality
benefits provided by the preservation of buffer lands around military
- Implementation of agriculture best management practices, or
- Fish and wildlife habitat and management.
To update a project proposal and/or location information previously submitted, please complete the online project form.
If projects are received that are determined to be better suited for one
of the other categories of funding, the Department will ensure that those
projects are shared with the appropriate management entity for that
category. A list of
Frequently Asked Questions has been added.
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