The first Florida project funded under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Early Restoration Projects will soon be underway in Escambia County. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday at the Galvez Boat Ramp. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a “Notice to Proceed” for the replacement of existing docks. NRDA Construction Project Consultant Pearce Barrett, P.E represented FDEP at the event alongside Escambia County Commission Chairman Wilson Robertson, Escambia County District 2 representative Gene Valentio, County Project Manager Matt Mooneyham and Marine Resource Manager Robert Turpin.
“The Deepwater Horizon oil spill had a major effect on the human usage of our coastal resources,” says Mimi Drew, special advisor to DEP Secretary Hershel T. Vinyard, Jr. “This project is the first of many remaining steps towards rejuvenating our coastal communities.” The project will replace the existing docks with three new, larger docks.
The funding for this and future projects is part of a $1 billion agreement struck between the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees and BP Oil Company in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill two years ago. Pursuant to the “Framework for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”, BP provided $1 billion for implementation of early restoration projects as an initial step toward fulfilling their obligation to fund the complete restoration of natural resources impacted by the spill. Escambia County submitted more than $200 million in projects to the Natural Resources Trustee Council along with the state of Florida. Escambia County has received $5 million to date.
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