Following the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill,
the state of
Florida implemented response operations and emergency restoration. The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection is the lead state agency for responding to impacts of the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the resulting restoration process.
October 3, 2014 the Final Phase III ERP/PEIS) was approved by the
Trustees. The Trustees developed a reader-friendly overview of Phase III.
This approval marks all of the Phase III projects as final and we expect
implementation within the next few months.
RESTORE—On November 17, 2014 Governor Rick Scott submitted 5 proposals to the Council for consideration under the Council-Selected Restoration Component, commonly known as Bucket 2. The five proposals are reflective of the council’s two main focus areas of water quality protection and improvement, and habitat restoration. Many of Florida’s estuaries and watersheds would be improved through the implementation of the projects within each proposal. These proposals address high priority restoration needs in 10 major watersheds from Perdido Bay to Tampa Bay. They represent the feedback received from numerous meetings with stakeholders and citizens. Additionally, the proposals represent projects from the list of over 1,200 submissions to DEPs online project portal.
See full proposal summary below. Full proposals can be
found on the About RESTORE Act page.
Florida’s Five Proposals Summary
NFWF—On November 17, 2014 the 2014 funded projects were announced for the state of Florida. A total of $34.3 million for nine projects will address high priority conservation needs. The projects, developed in consultation with the FWC, DEP and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the oil spill.
See the NFWF Projects page for more information on each
Response—DEP currently monitors the beaches in Escambia County for residual oiling.
View the most recent reports.
Deepwater Horizon Projects in Florida
Check out our new user-friendly map of Deepwater Horizon Projects that have been funded in the state of Florida.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to accept project proposals. Please note that projects submitted through our website will be considered for funding under RESTORE Act, NRDA Restoration and NFWF. To suggest a new project for consideration, please click on the link below. Please note the online project form is most compatible with Internet Explorer.
The Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
are playing key roles in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
early restoration process. Early restoration efforts are occurring throughout the Gulf States
and are being facilitated by the
Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council
(Trustees). The Trustees are evaluating the impacts of the
Deepwater Horizon spill on natural resources
and working on behalf of the public to full
compensation for loss of natural resources.
The RESTORE Act, which was passed by Congress on June 29, 2012 and
signed into law on July 6, 2012 by the President, provides a vehicle
for Clean Water Act civil and administrative penalties from the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill. Governor Rick Scott appointed Mimi A. Drew as his designee to represent Florida on the Gulf
Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which is responsible for implementing the
Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf
Coast's Ecosystem and Economy.
Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to administer funds arising from plea agreements that resolve the criminal cases against BP and Transocean. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection work directly with NFWF to identify projects for the
state of Florida, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.