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Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program

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Deepwater Horizon Incident Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Dark brown oil in marsh seen during an overflight on May 18.

Dark brown oil in marsh seen during an overflight on May 18.

In response to the Deepwater Horizion incident, NOAA’s Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program continues to coordinate data collection efforts with natural resource trustees in five states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Texas), the Department of Interior (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management), and BP (the Responsible Party). Multiple agencies from each state are engaged.

The trustees are collecting pre-assessment information on potential impacts to fish, shellfish, marine mammals, turtles, birds and other sensitive resources as well as their habitats, including wetlands, beaches, mudflats, bottom sediments, corals, and the water column. The trustees are also assessing any lost human uses of these resources, for example, fishing, hunting, and beach recreational closures. Pre-oiling (baseline) and oiled environmental conditions are being documented for water, sediment, various habitats and biota, from Texas to the Florida Keys.

Currently, over three dozen teams are active in the field on a daily basis conducting surveys and collecting samples. Highlights of some of these activities include: