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Roadmap to Resources

Oil Spills

  • NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

    The NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) is a center of expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris. ORR comprises four divisions: Emergency Response, Assessment and Restoration, Marine Debris, and the Disaster Preparedness Program. Collectively, ORR provides comprehensive solutions to marine pollution.

  • NOAA Office of Response and Restoration: Education

    Explore an ocean's worth of information related to NOAA's efforts to protect and restore the nation's waters from pollution. There are experiments and activities for elementary school students and life-long learners alike.

  • NOAA Education Resource Collection: Oil Spills

    Education resources about oil spills are distributed across many websites and program offices at NOAA and partner websites. This portal is designed to help you access these resources from one location.

  • NOAA Explainer: Oil Spills: A Major Marine Ecosystem Threat

    NOAA Explainers provide in-depth information about a wide range of topics, including oil spills. The oil spills explainer describes how oil spills happen, how oil gets cleaned up, response tools and technologies, what happens after the cleanup, and special information about oil spill science in the Arctic.

  • Monitoring and Visualizing an Ecosystem’s Recovery after a Catastrophic Oil Spill

    NOAA scientists, aided by citizen scientists, have been photographing a boulder in Prince William Sound for 33 years. Why? The rock was coated in oil in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground, dumping more than ten million gallons of crude oil into the Sound. Today, the boulder is known as Mearns Rock, nicknamed after Dr. Alan Mearns, a scientist from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. Learn more about Mearns Rock and monitoring after oil spills at this page.

  • Deepwater Horizon 10 Years Later: 10 Questions

    Check out frequently asked questions and answers about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Restoring the Gulf: 10 Years After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    In April 2020, NOAA marked 10 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Explore the features on this page to learn more about the ways NOAA is restoring the Gulf and the progress made 10 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • NOAA Gulf Spill Restoration

    This page provides a comprehensive set of resources describing the assessment and restoration of damage to the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. You can explore interactive maps of restoration projects, learn more about the assessment process, and get the most up-to-date information on Gulf restoration efforts.

Marine Debris

  • NOAA Marine Debris Program

    In 2006, Congress authorized the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) as the U.S. Federal government’s lead for addressing marine debris. The MDP achieves its mission through six main pillars: Prevention, Removal, Research, Monitoring and Detection, Response, and Coordination.

  • NOAA Marine Debris Program: Discover Marine Debris

    Discover more about different types of marine debris, where it comes from, and how it impacts wildlife, habitats, and people. Get answers about garbage patches, and learn how you can make a difference to help solve the marine debris problem - whether you live on the coast, or hundreds of miles away!

  • NOAA Marine Debris Program Education

    Check out the NOAA Marine Debris Program's resources to help stewards of all ages learn more about the problem of marine debris.

  • NOAA Marine Debris Program: How to Help

    Learn how you can help solve the marine debris problem anywhere - whether you’re at home, at school, on the shore, or on the water.

  • NOAA Marine Debris Program Blog: Start Your Own Cleanup

    You can host your own community cleanup anytime, no matter where you live. Check out this blog post to learn more about how to start your own cleanup.

  • NOAA Education Resource Collection: Ocean Pollution & Marine Debris

    Education resources about marine debris and harmful algal blooms are distributed across many websites and program offices at NOAA and partner websites. This portal is designed to help you access these resources from one location.

Harmful Algal Blooms