Sanderling on Pensacola Beach
The Oil Pollution Act authorizes certain state and federal agencies to evaluate the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This legal process,known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), determines the type and amount of restoration needed to compensate the public for damages caused by the oil spill. DEP is playing a key role in Florida's restoration along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as co-trustees on the
Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council.
On April 20, 2011, BP agreed to provide $1 billion in early restoration funds to the NRDA Trustees for early restoration projects. The state of Florida has access to $100 million for early restoration projects.
Phase l & ll
The first two sets of projects in Florida put forth by the Trustees, totaling nearly $12 million, include a dune restoration and boat ramp enhancements as well as bird and sea turtle nesting habitat projects. Check out
Phase I fact sheet and
Phase II fact sheet.
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. See the Phase III proposed project fact sheets below.
On October 3, 2014 the Final Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS) was approved by the Trustees. The Trustees’ final decisions on the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS and each of the projects are documented in a Record of Decision which is available at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/.
As of January 13, 2014, 344 projects have been submitted to DEP and are included onList 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. Please use the online submittal form to update or submit new projects.