Policy

The state of Louisiana, federal government, stakeholders, residents and businesses are working together to implement smart polices based on sound science to restore the Gulf Coast. The State has created a 50-year Master Plan, which includes a suite of 109 projects that maximize both land creation and risk reduction. In 2012, Congress passed the RESTORE Act, which is expected to send billions of dollars in Clean Water Act civil fines, paid by parties responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, to the Gulf Coast for economic and environmental restoration. The state of Louisiana has committed to spend its share of this funding on implementing the Master Plan. The parties responsible for the 2010 oil spill must also pay to restore the natural resources damaged by the oil spill under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

Much of this funding is not yet available due to ongoing litigation, but when funds do become available, they will provide an opportunity to jumpstart meaningful comprehensive restoration. For more information on the different funding streams related to the oil spill, click below: