The Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process is used by federal natural resource trustees in response to damages to natural resources due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill set into motion the largest Natural Resource Damage Assessment in history.
A natural resource damage assessment is the process used by natural resource trustees to develop the public’s claim for natural resource damages against the party or parties responsible for the spill and to seek compensation for the harm done to natural resources and the services they provide. It also provides for the development of a restoration plan or series of plans to restore or replace those resources and lost services resulting from an incident. The trustees for the Deepwater Horizon assessment are representatives for the Department of Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration, Texas, Louisanna, Missisippi, Alabama and Florida.
The Phase 3 Draft plan of the NRDA process consists of 44 projects from Texas to Florida. These projects include restoration of barrier islands, dunes, marshes, shorelines, seagrasses and oyster beds. Many projects also begin to address the lost recreational use of natural resources. To view the draft plan and fact sheets, go to:
Please note that the last day to comment on this project and any other project is February 19th. To provide public comment on the draft plan, click here
There are 6 projects that will take place in Santa Rosa County, to learn about the artificial reef project (page 209), oyster (page 353) and scallop (page 279) restoration projects, click here.
The Escribano Point, Navarre Beach and Gulf Breeze projects (pages 1-104) can be found at: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/wp-content/uploads/Draft_ERP-PEIS_Part_6_Chapter_12E_through_end_of_document.pdf