Website gives oil spill project info at a glance

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Apr 16,  2015

Today, I watched a webinar demonstration of the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracking Tool. Basically, it's a website with an interactive map and other features. You can see on a map where oil-spill related research and restoration projects are taking place. And, it has 300+ of them mapped, which makes up more than 80 percent of the projects that are out there, the tool developer said.

You can get a sneak peek of the tool today and tomorrow. Then, it goes live for good on Monday, April 20, five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion started the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


In addition to showing you where the restoration, research and recovery projects are taking place, the project tracker lets you see additional info about the projects. It shows project type, implementing organization, DWH funding amount, year funded and project state. Links to project reports give you a one-page document that lists the funding type (for example, criminal settlement) and settlement source (such as BP).

So, if you want to see what's happening in your area or where all of those oil spill dollars are going, check out the project tracker. Don't look for large amounts of scientific data on this site, but you will find links to other sites that may offer additional information beyond the project summaries.

If you'd like to learn more about what the tracker can do, there will be another 15-minute webinar for anyone who is interested in the tool on Thursday, April 23. 

DWH Project Tracker Tool Webinar (all are invited)

Thursday, April 23

12 noon, Central time

Use this link to join:

This tracker is a project of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, The Trust for Public Land, and Ducks Unlimited. The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Knobloch Family Foundation provided the funding for the project.

To share your impressions of the tool, use #dwhprojecttracker or #dwhpt.


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