Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Florida
Following consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and federal resource agencies, NFWF has announced its intent to obligate $15.7 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for six restoration projects in the state of Florida.
The Florida projects address high priority conservation needs. They represent important efforts to protect and enhance natural and living resources in the Florida Panhandle.
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Management & Restoration of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat - Phase I
Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond at Corrine Jones Park
Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration
Comprehensive Panhandle Coastal Bird Conservation
Eliminating Light Pollution on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches
Enhanced Assessment for Recovery of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries – Phase I
About the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund was established in early 2013 as a result of two plea agreements resolving the criminal cases against BP and Transocean after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to NFWF over a five-year period. The funds are to be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources that were affected by the spill.
Learn more about NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Florida
Under the allocation formula and other provisions contained in the plea agreements, $356 million will be paid into the Gulf Fund over the next five years for conservation projects in the the state of Florida. These funds will be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources (habitats, species) where there has been injury to, or destruction of, loss of, or loss of use of those resources resulting from the oil spill. Projects are expected to occur within reasonable proximity to where the impacts occurred, as appropriate.
The Oil Spill in Florida
The state of Florida is continuing to assess the environmental damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Early assessments clearly show that marine and coastal environments in northwest Florida were particularly impacted.
Florida will focus natural resource restoration efforts on these marine and coastal environments by improving water quality and other critical habitat elements, strengthening management of important fish and wildlife populations, and enhancing the resiliency of coastal resources and communities by implementing outcomes-based projects that maximize environmental benefits.
To learn more about Florida’s process for identifying priority Gulf Coast restoration projects, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm