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Early Restoration Planning


Draft and final Early Restoration plans will be posted on this page for public review and comment. Below you will find links to download documents and to submit comments on any plan with an active public comment period.

+ Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

On December 6, 2013, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees released the Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS) for public comment. The Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS has two objectives: 1) describe the programmatic approach proposed by the Trustees for addressing Early Restoration; and 2) analyze a set of specific Early Restoration projects proposed by the Trustees that are consistent with the preferred programmatic alternatives.

Ten public meetings are being held Gulf-wide to provide an opportunity for the public to submit comments regarding the Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS.  Visit our calendar for a list of meeting dates and locations. 

To Download Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS


Public Comment Period: 12/06/2013 - 02/19/2014
 List of Louisiana Repositories where Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS is available
 Public Meetings
 Proposed Phase III Projects

Download the proposed Louisiana project fact sheets:
+ Phase II Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Review
On December 21, 2012, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees announced the finalization of the Phase II Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Review (Phase II ERP/ER). The Phase II ERP/ER includes two projects, which are located within the Florida panhandle, state and federal lands in Alabama, and federal lands in Mississippi and address injuries to the nesting habitat of beach nesting birds and of nesting loggerhead sea turtles that resulted from response activities to the oil spill. Because loggerhead sea turtles and beach nesting birds begin nesting along the Northeast Gulf coast in February, the Trustees recognized the need to implement these projects in a timely manner in order to be effective during the 2013 nesting season, and therefore moved forward with these projects while additional early restoration projects are being developed in accordance with the Framework Agreement.

Project Title Estimated Cost*
Enhanced Management of Avian Breeding Habitat Injured by Response in the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and Mississippi $4,658,118
Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky $4,321,165
Total Estimated Cost for Phase II Projects $8,979,283
*Actual costs may differ depending on future contingencies, but will not exceed the amount shown without further agreement between the trustees and BP.

The Trustees continue to seek public input on potential restoration ideas and will seek public comments before finalizing any future restoration plans.


Public Comment Period: 11/06/2012 - 12/10/2012

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+ Draft Phase II Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Review
On November 6, 2012, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees released the Draft Phase II Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Review (DERP/ER). The DERP/ER includes the second set of early restoration projects being proposed by the Trustees to address natural resource injuries resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The two proposed projects address response injuries to nesting habitat for beach nesting birds and nesting loggerhead sea turtles. Because loggerhead sea turtles and beach nesting birds begin nesting along the Northeast Gulf coast in February, the Trustees recognize these projects need to be implemented in a timely manner to be effective during the 2013 nesting season. The projects are being proposed now while additional early restoration projects are being negotiated. Below is a brief description of each project:
  • A Comprehensive Program for Enhanced Management of Avian Breeding Habitat Injuries by Response in the Florida Panhandle, Alabama and Mississippi. This project proposes to protect nesting habitat for beach-nesting birds from disturbance in order to restore habitat impaired by oil spill response activities. It is to be conducted on sandy beaches in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties, Florida; Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Baldwin and Mobile counties, Alabama, and the Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS) – Mississippi District.

  • Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky. This project proposes to reduce artificial lighting impacts on nesting habitat for sea turtles, specifically loggerhead turtles, to restore habitat impaired by disturbance from oil spill response activities. It is to be conducted on sandy beach public properties in Baldwin County, Alabama; and Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties, Florida.
A public meeting will be held in Pensacola, FL on November 13, 2012 to facilitate the public review and comment process for these projects. Visit our calendar  for additional meeting details.


Public Comment Period: 11/06/2012 - 12/10/2012

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 View a list of LA repositories
+ Phase I Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment
On April 18, 2012, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees announced the finalization of the Phase I Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Phase I ERP/EA). The Phase I ERP/EA is the first early restoration plan under the unprecedented April 2011 agreement with BP to fund $1 billion in early restoration projects. The funding enables the trustees to begin restoration before the completion of damage assessment activities.

The Phase I ERP/EA includes eight projects, two each in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. The projects are intended to provide services that will benefit impacted marshes, coastal dune habitats, nearshore habitats, oysters and human uses (such as beachgoing and fishing).

Project Title Estimated Cost*
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation - NRDA Early Restoration Project $14,400,000
Louisiana Oyster Cultch Project $15,582,600
Mississippi Oyster Cultch Restoration $11,000,000
Mississippi Artificial Reef Habitat $2,600,000
Marsh Island (Portersville Bay, AL) Marsh Creation $11,280,000
Alabama Dune Restoration Cooperative Project $1,480,000
Florida Boat Ramp Enhancement Construction $5,067,255
Florida (Pensacola Beach) Dune Restoration $644,487
Total Estimated Cost for Phase I Projects $62,054,342
*Actual costs may differ depending on future contingencies, but will not exceed the amount shown without further agreement between the trustees and BP.

The trustees are working to move forward with additional early restoration projects and plans. The selection process for future early restoration projects will proceed along the same lines as the first. The trustees continue to seek public input on potential restoration ideas and will seek public comments before finalizing any future restoration plans.



 Download the document

Download the proposed Louisiana project fact sheets:
+ Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment
On December 14, 2011, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees released the Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (DERP/EA) for public input and suggestions. It is the first in an anticipated series of plans to begin restoration for injuries to natural resources and services resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and related response activities undertaken to prevent, minimize, or remediate oiling. The DERP/EA describes the initial projects proposed to receive funding from the $1 billion Early Restoration agreement announced by the Trustees and BP on April 21, 2011. 

The DERP/EA describes eight proposed projects for the initial round of Early Restoration, two each in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. These projects reflect the ideas and input received by the Trustees through project solicitation and outreach efforts. The proposed projects include shoreline marsh creation, coastal dune habitat restoration, nearshore artificial reef creation, oyster cultch restoration and construction of four boat ramp facilities. The total estimated cost of the proposed Phase I projects is approximately $57 million.

Twelve public meetings are being held Gulf-wide to provide an opportunity for the public to submit comments regarding the DERP/EA.  Visit our calendar  for a list of meeting dates and locations in Louisiana.


Public Comment Period: 12/14/2011 - 02/14/2012

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Download the proposed Louisiana project fact sheets: