Restoring the Gulf of Mexico, Two Years after Historic Deepwater Horizon Settlement

April 24, 2018

In 2017 NOAA and the other Trustees continue to make significant progress toward restoring the Gulf of Mexico from Deepwater Horizon, which poured oil into the water and onto the coastline for almost three months in 2010.

A large pipeline moves sediment to restore Chenier Ronquille barrier island in Louisiana

A large pipeline moves sediment to restore Chenier Ronquille barrier island along the Louisiana coast.

NOAA and other federal and state Trustees working to restore the Gulf of Mexico, continue making progress since the historic settlement to recover damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

2017 shaped up to be a success, with the Trustees holding more than a dozen public meetings, workshops and webinars, completing four restoration plans and making progress on drafting many more.

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Restored dunes on the Florida Gulf Coast. (USDOI)

Aside from restoration planning, implementation of projects continued, including:

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Young diamondback terrapin prior to being released on Chenier Ronquille barrier island in Louisiana.

Another host of projects, approved as early restoration activities prior to the 2016 settlement, were completed:

The Trustees also developed strategic frameworks to help guide restoration of oysters, sea turtles, birds and marine mammals, and promote increased collaboration across the Gulf. And, innovative guidelines were released to ensure monitoring of projects is adaptive and will help fine tune activities over time.

Finally, as part of a commitment to transparency, data on all of the Deepwater Horizon Trustees’ planning, projects and other activities, including financial information, is available for those who want a deep dive into restoration progress.