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Learn about the processes associated with Gulf coast restoration and recovery efforts and how you can participate in them.

Publications & Resources

Public Participation Bulletin Board

For each state (and for the Gulf as a whole), the Public Participation Bulletin Board provides an overview of open comment periods, as well as ongoing public participation opportunities. On the interactive map, you can click on the icon for the geographic area you are interested in to view information for that area. Additional details about Louisiana parishes and Florida counties can be found in maps on separate web pages.

NRDA Early Restoration Breakdown

On May 20, 2015, the Deepwater Horizon trustees released their draft plan for a fourth phase of natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) early restoration projects. The plan includes 10 proposed projects, which cost around $134 million. In this new post, ELI discusses where the money has been spent so far and how the fourth round fits into broader early restoration efforts.

UPDATED: U.S. Settlements at a Glance

This fact sheet provides an overview of the money to be paid under these settlements, including a breakdown of funding amounts, where the money will go, and timelines.

Five Years Later: Remembrance of Tragedy, Processes for Healing


It was five years ago today that a blowout rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, leading to one of the worst oil spills in the nation’s history. This post summarizes where we are and where we're going with restoration and recovery funding.

UPDATED: The RESTORE Act: Comparing the Funding Mechanisms

This resource provides readers with a comparison of the various mechanisms for distributing funds under the RESTORE Act.

UPDATED: Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

This webinar brought together a panel of experts to discuss the complex intersection of climate change, community resilience and Gulf of Mexico restoration, focusing on the challenges of and opportunities for creating restoration projects that both incorporate climate change considerations and are responsive to the needs of coastal communities. Click the link above to view a recording. Summary now available.

UPDATED: Gulf Coast Restoration: Timeline of Past and Future Events

This timeline provides a timeline of major events related to the four key Gulf restoration and recovery processes as well as major events in the U.S. Criminal Claims and Civil Claims.

UPDATED: Participating in Natural Resource Damage Assessment

This fact sheet provides an overview of the NRDA process and highlights some of the opportunities to participate.

UPDATED: Early Restoration in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process

This fact sheet provides an overview of what a NRDA is, how early restoration fits into that process, and what has happened with early restoration to date.

UPDATED: Overview of the RESTORE Act

This short resource provides readers with an overview of the RESTORE Act, how funds are distributed, and how to participate in the process.

Click here for a full list of our publications

We are happy to provide hard copies of any ELI resource on this list. Email gulfofmexico@eli.org to request.

Workshops & Events

Interested in an Event?

We are continually planning workshops around the Gulf on the ongoing recovery and restoration processes. Please email us if you have questions about when and where the next event will take place. We also host seminars and telebriefings on an as-needed basis. Please email us if you have a specific topic you would like us to address.

ELI Events

View our "ELI Events" page for details about previous seminars and telebriefings that ELI has organized on Deepwater Horizon issues.