Since the April 2011 landmark Early Restoration agreement between the DWH NRDA Trustees and BP, the Trustees have worked diligently to begin restoring the Gulf of Mexico prior to completion of the natural resource damage assessment. Based on BP's commitment to make $1 billion available, the Trustees are making significant progress. They have approved 65 projects with a combined estimated cost of $866 million. The Department of the Interior is the implementing trustee for nine of the approved early restoration projects.
On February 1, 2016, the Trustees released the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Phase V Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment.