Restoring the Gulf after the Oil Spill
After the oil spill, the Trustees immediately got to work. Within a month, we had formed more than a dozen technical working groups. These groups are assessing the impacts of the oil and dispersants on natural resources like wetlands, fish, and birds. Since then, we have undertaken an unprecedented response to the spill.
Scientists, economists, attorneys, and other restoration experts have been working to:
- Collect data used to assist with cleanup and assess risk and injury to natural resources;
- Determine the extent and magnitude of injuries to the environment and lost recreational uses;
- Define the type and scale of restoration that best addresses the injuries and lost recreational uses;
- Hold BP and the other responsible parties accountable; and
- Implement projects to restore injured natural resources and uses.
We have also held dozens of public meetings across the Gulf and received thousands of comments on the restoration planning process.
We are focusing on restoration projects that will restore the Gulf Coast from the spill. The restoration planning process involves many steps and includes input from scientists, experts, and the public. (Read about the steps in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment.)
Restoration can take many years and requires the work of many dedicated people. We will continue this work until the Gulf of Mexico is restored to its pre-spill condition.