The Trustees and BP have identified approximately $134 million in projects to be included in the next proposed phase of early restoration. This milestone comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The 10 proposed projects would benefit sea turtles, birds and fish; increase recreational opportunities; and improve nearshore and reef habitats. The proposed projects and estimated costs are:
Nesting beaches for sea turtles were impacted during the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Trustees are implementing an early restoration project that is helping nesting sea turtles by reducing the impacts of lighting on beach habitat. The $4.3 million project is improving lighting in many nesting locations along the Florida and Alabama coasts.
The goal of some of the restoration projects weâve undertaken is to help compensate for recreational opportunities that were lost as a result of the spill. One of these projects is the Mahogany Mill Boat Ramp and Park in Pensacola, Florida.
As part of the $2.5 million project, we built a brand new boat ramp and park that is now maintained by Escambia County. We also reconstructed a public road that leads to the park so that it meets local standards, including wider travel lanes.
Several studies on bottlenose dolphins have been conducted since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Information from these studies to date presents a picture of chronic poor health, failed pregnancies, and increased mortality in the aftermath and footprint of the spill. Here are two things you should know about the impact of the oil on Gulf dolphins:
1) The spill is likely contributing to the largest and longest-lasting dolphin die-off on record in the Gulf of Mexico.
On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion, which killed 11 men, caused the rig to sink and started a catastrophic oil leak from the well. Before it was capped three months later, more than 100 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf—resulting in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
|A baby Kemp's Ridley turtle on a beach. Credit: Chase A. Fountain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department|
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We have 54 early restoration projects underway throughout the Gulf, and now you can track our progress quickly and easily using our new interactive map. Go straight to your state using the tabs at the top or use your cursor to navigate around.
Each location has a link to more project information that will provide you with details on project status and a project contact.