In this video message, NOS Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf shares the news that NOAA and partners helped recover over $92 million from polluters to restore seven waterways in six states following oil spill and industrial pollution incidents in 2023. (Video Transcript)
In 2023, NOAA and partners helped recover over $92 million from polluters to restore seven waterways in six states following oil spill and industrial pollution incidents. When contamination occurs, the impacts to plants, wildlife and people who live or recreate in the affected areas can be devastating. NOAA worked to ensure that communities disproportionately impacted by pollution will benefit from restoration projects funded by the settlements.
In Gloucester Harbor, Massachusetts, efforts will seek to recover fish and wildlife harmed from decades of pollutants released from a plant that manufactured cooking and heating gas from coal and oil along this historic working waterfront.
In the Gulf of Mexico,restoration work will help to offset contamination impacts after a pipeline release of oil deep under water in 2017.
In Sitka, Alaska, projects will focus on Pacific herring restoration and shellfish monitoring to enhance seafood safety for local and Indigenous communities impacted by an oil spill when a tugboat sank in 2017. Restoration projects will also benefit working communities and recreational areas
in New Jersey, Washington, Delaware and additional sites in Alaska. As a steward of our ocean and coasts,we are proud to continue sharing these success stories with you as we work to ensure that those responsible for the pollution provide for restoration where impacts occur.
Learn more about NOAA's role in protecting and restoring the nation's coastal and marine resources by visiting the link in this post.