About 40 miles offshore and a mile down, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill contaminated large areas of the offshore environment. From the spill's earliest days, its location proved to be a major challenge to those working to respond to it.

Now, teams of scientists are assessing the damage caused by the spill and designing restoration strategies to compensate the public. They are confronting many of the same challenges in the open water offshore realm first experienced by teams working to cap the leaking well. Simply put, it is challenging to study, craft, and implement cost-effective restoration plans for such remote locations.

We are, however, undeterred in our resolve to find the best possible strategies for restoring open Gulf environments. In this search, your ideas can be extremely valuable. We are very interested in hearing how you think we should restore the Gulf's open water environments impacted by the Deepwater Horizon spill -- as well as other natural resources throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Submit your specific restoration project ideas on our Suggest a Restoration Project page. To get an idea of what others have suggested, visit our View Submitted Projects page.

Would you like to meet with NOAA about restoration planning for the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment? Contact Tim Zink for more information.