Office of Emergency Response (OER)
Tampa Bay Oil Spill Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration released the final Restoration Plan and
Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) stemming from the 1993 Tampa Bay
The plan, which describes the human use and recreational losses from the
spill, identifies 14 restoration projects to address the lost recreational
use of the bay's shorelines, shellfish beds and surface waters. Pending final
approval, the selected projects will be funded with $2.5 million recovered
from claims arising from the spill.
The restoration plan is one of the final steps in a multi-stage process
that began after the spill in August of 1993, when 32,000 gallons for
jet, diesel fuel and gasoline, and 330,000 gallons of fuel oil were
discharged into Boca Ciega and lower Tampa Bay.