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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:

  1. Stormwater / Wastewater infrastructure projects,
  2. Community resilience / Living shorelines,
  3. Water quality projects including those which achieve water quality benefits provided by the preservation of buffer lands around military bases,
  4. Implementation of agriculture best management practices, or
  5. 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.

The project form is most compatible with Internet Explorer. Send questions which cannot be answered by viewing the FAQ sheet to Restoration.Projects@dep.state.fl.us

Important Phone Numbers

  • Claims
    (800) 916-4893
  • Report Oil
    (800) 320-0519
  • Environment/Community Hotline
    (866) 448-5816

  • Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
    (713) 323-1670
  • DEP Press Office
    (850) 245-2112
  • News Archive

Last updated: August 07, 2014

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