Restoring the Gulf: 10 Years After Deepwater Horizon

April 20, 2020

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill released 134 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. See how we’re working with partners and Gulf communities to restore its fisheries and habitats.

Restoration teams plant grasses on a beach.

The impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected the entire Gulf ecosystem. Oil sank down to the ocean floor, mixed into the water column, seeped into marshes, and soiled beaches. Animals swam through it, inhaled it, and even ingested the oil.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill also impacted our Gulf communities, which are so closely tied and linked to the natural resources of the Gulf. From folks that earn their living through fishing, recreation, to tourism and beach-goers—all were impacted by the spill. 

Watch this video to see how we’re working with partners and Gulf communities to restore its fisheries and habitats.