HEALTHY GULF HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Recovery and Resilience After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
GULF COAST COMMUNITIES
THE DWH OIL SPILL
An explosion aboard BP’s Deepwater Horizon (DWH) offshore oil rig on April 20, 2010, over 200 million gallons of discharged into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill resulted in anger and fear unlike what Gulf Coast communities have been used to facing with natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Gulf Coast communities faced and uncertain future with questions that needed to be answered. Would oil wash up on the shore? Would seafood be safe to consume? Would there be major fish die off? Would tourism drop?
With active participation from community members and organizations, the Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities project sought to conduct research to answer questions for the affected communities. Communities involved with the HGHC project stretch along the Florida-Alabama coastline and include communities that were directly and indirectly impacted by oil from the spill. Levy, Dixie, Franklin, Santa Rosa, and Escambia counties in Florida and Baldwin County in Alabama have been the communities most actively involved with the research.
LEARN ABOUT OUR PROJECT
In the aftermath of the spill, our project was established to work with affected communities to develop research initiatives, and provide insight as to how communities were impacted and how they were recovering. Our hope is that this research has been helpful in making community members more aware of how their community was affected as a whole, as well as inform future disaster response efforts in the event of a disaster. Our team of researchers is led by the University of Florida (UF).