Deepwater Horizon Response & Restoration

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

A Kemps Ridley sea turtle at Padre Island National SeashoreThe Department of the Interior is playing a major role in many restoration efforts. Two of our largest endeavors are the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (DWH NRDA) and RESTORE Act implementation.

Just Released: NRDA Final Phase IV Early Restoration Plan

Released August 12, 2015: RESTORE Council draft Initial Funded Priorities List

The DWH NRDA, conducted by the Trustee Council, determines the nature and extent of injury to our nation’s natural resources caused by the spill, and the kind and amount of restoration needed to restore the Gulf to the condition it would be in if the spill had not occurred.

More about the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment