In 2019, the Deepwater Horizon Trustees continued restoration in the Gulf of Mexico, starting our fourth year of post-settlement work. Annual reports on all of the Trustees’ work, and an annual financial summary are now available. We provide these reports each year to help stakeholders and communities stay up to date on our work.
Throughout 2019 Trustee Implementation Groups approved eight new restoration plans or plan supplements and 56 projects. In the 10 years since the spill, more than 200 projects have been approved to restore injured Gulf resources. The combined estimated cost of these projects is $1.4 billion.
To help with tracking the success of our projects we also approved new monitoring and adaptive management guidance released in August 2019.
The 2019 annual reports include information on the Trustees’ planning activities and project implementation. They show each activity’s status as of December 31, 2019. In total, there are 233 reports available, which include 190 approved restoration projects. The remaining reports focus on restoration plans and other planning activities.
The updated reports can be found via each of the seven Restoration Area pages and our interactive map of Gulf Spill Restoration Projects. Go to either of those resources to find links to detailed information on individual activities.
- If you’re on a Restoration Area page, direct links to each activity or project are under the “Projects” heading. Click on a project name, then you’ll be sent to its project page where the report can be downloaded by clicking on the “Print Last Annual Report” link.
- In the interactive map, locate a project and click on the “More Project Information” link in the pop up window. You’ll then be sent to the same project page mentioned above.
The annual reports include descriptions of the activities and projects, and Trustee staff contacts. Additionally, they may include monitoring, financial, and environmental compliance information. Although all Trustee Implementation Group activities, including restoration planning activities and projects, are listed on the Restoration Area pages, only projects are listed in the interactive map.
The Trustees also released the 2019 Annual Financial Summary Report (PDF, 2 pg), which breaks down funds, including what has been received and allocated, for each Trustee Implementation Group through December 31, 2019. The 2016 settlement with BP included up to $8.8 billion for restoration to address natural resource injuries from the spill.
Dive Deeper into the Data
Find more advanced data exploration tools in the Data Integration Visualization Exploration and Reporting Portal, or “DIVER.” This is an easy-to-remember acronym for a powerful restoration reporting tool. You can use DIVER to search, map, and download data on all our restoration projects and related activities.
Update on the Trustee Council's Annual Meeting
The Trustee Council is committed to holding annual public meetings, however, due to the national health situation, the in-person meeting will be held virtually this July. Additional details will be available on the Gulf Spill Restoration website soon.
10 Years After Deepwater Horizon
In case you missed it, the Trustees released a statement marking ten years after the Deepwater Horizon spill and provided an update on their restoration efforts. Additional details on projects that benefit multiple types, are implemented in multiple locations, and utilize multiple funding sources are also available.