Publications & Resources

RECORDING: RESTORE Council Funded Priorities List: Timelines, Participation, and Next Steps

The webinar convened three members of the Council staff to discuss the draft FPL. The goal was to spark discussion, provide answers to questions, and facilitate productive public participation in this important milestone in Gulf restoration.

Breaking Down the RESTORE Council Funded Priorities List

On August 13, 2015, another important milestone in Gulf restoration was reached: the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its draft Initial Funded Priorities List, proposing approximately $139.6 million worth of projects and programs. Our post breaks down what the FPL is, what's in the FPL, and how the public can engage.

Deepwater Horizon Settlement Overview

On July 2, 2015, a monumental announcement was made: an agreement in principle has been reached to settle all federal and state claims against BP arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for $18.732 billion. Our post provides an overview of some of the terms of the agreement, focusing on the natural resource damages and Clean Water Act civil penalties.

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.

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: 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.

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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.