Programmatic Damage Assessment & Restoration Plan
Notice of Public Meetings & Comment Period
For the past 5 years, the Deepwater Horizon natural resource trustees have been working to assess the impacts of the oil and dispersants on natural resources such as wetlands, fish, marine mammals, and birds as well as the services they provide, through the natural resource damage assessment process.
The Trustees are proposing a damage assessment and programmatic restoration plan for the Gulf of Mexico. The draft plan is based on an assessment of impacts to the Gulf’s natural resources and the services they provide following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan also provides guidance for identifying, evaluating, and selecting future restoration projects.
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) is posted onlineand will be available at public meetings along the Gulf.
One of the public meetings will be held in Galveston, Texas on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Hilton Island Resort (5400 Seawall).
- See the complete public meeting schedule
In addition to verbal comments provided at public meetings, the public may submit written comments through December 4, 2015.
- By U.S. Mail:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 49567
Atlanta, GA 30345
The draft plan allocates funds from a proposed settlement with BP of up to $8.8 billion for natural resource injuries stemming from the spill, including, $238 million that would be allocated for Texas restoration efforts. The Trustees have proposed to accept this settlement, which would resolve BP’s liability for natural resource injuries stemming from the spill.
The draft plan identifies five goals intended to restore wildlife, habitat, water quality, and recreational activities in the Gulf. To achieve these goals, funds are allocated to 13 different restoration types. The restoration types address a broad range of impacts at both regional and local scales. The implementation of this plan will restore wildlife and habitat and associated services such as recreational opportunities that were impacted by the Spill. The figure below identifies the 5 restoration goals and 13 restoration types
A Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) is a scientific and legal process to determine natural resource damages and hold responsible parties accountable. Certain government agencies charged with trusteeship of natural resources act on behalf of the public with responsible parties to assess damages and implement restoration. In Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas General Land Office (GLO), and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) act as state natural resource trustees. There are also federal agencies designated as trustees for natural resources, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of the Interior (DOI). For the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are also designated as trustees.
Federal law requires the responsible parties to compensate for the injury to natural resources caused by the DWH oil spill. In 2011, BP agreed to participate in an early restoration process up to a cost of $1 billion. In this process, early restoration projects are selected and implemented upon agreement between BP and the trustees, pursuant to an Early Restoration Framework Agreement and applicable laws and regulations.
The Deepwater Horizon NRDA process will continue until the damages are decided by a federal court, or until a settlement is reached.
The trustees continue to actively seek public input on restoration projects.
Do You Have a Project to Propose?
Submit project proposals using the online form.
Proposals submitted will be considered for all three funding sources: NRDA, RESTORE Act, and Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF).
Information on review periods and timeframes associated with funding are posted on this website as it becomes available. Please check back periodically for postings.