New York Field Office
Northeast Region

Natural Resource Damage Assessment

The Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Program is designed to restore natural resources that have been impacted by releases of hazardous substances or oil spills.  Several laws provide the foundation for NRDAR, giving natural resource Trustees the legal authority to have those responsible for harm to natural resources pay to restore those resources. [1] Natural resource Trustees include Federal and State agencies and Indian Tribes that have the responsibility and authority to protect natural resources.

Restoring Natural Resources

To fulfill the mission of restoring natural resources that have been injured by oil spills or hazardous substance releases, the natural resource Trustees conduct a damage assessment to determine the extent of injury to natural resources caused by the hazardous substance release or oil spill. This information is used to determine the amount of restoration that is needed. Damage claims are for the cost of restoration, loss of use of the land or natural resources by the general public, and money spent to assess damages. Once the claim is resolved, the Trustees take action to restore the injured resources. Finally, the Trustees monitor the completed restoration projects to ensure success.

See descriptions for NRDA sites below the map - hover or click the map symbols for webpages and files related to these sites.

Love Canal St. Lawrence River Onondaga Hudson River Buffalo River Richardson Hill Rd. Landfill Newtown Creek Hi View Terrace Wide Beach Batavia Landfill Conrail Diesel Spill Cortese Landfill Brewster Wellfield Liberty Industrial Mattiace Petrochemichal Applied Environmental Services Massapequa Fish Ladder Bar Beach Project Brewster Restorations Conrail Restorations Conrail Restorations Hi-View Restoration Batavia Wetland Restoration St. Lawrence RestorationConrail Restorations Love Canal Restoration Sites

Ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Cases diamond_symbol

Buffalo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Newtown Creek Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Richardson Hill Road Natural Resource Damage Assessment

St. Lawrence Environmental Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Settlements Negotiated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (as part of the Department of the Interior): blue circle symbol from map

Applied Environmental Services, Nassau County (pdf)

Batavia Landfill, Genesee County (pdf)

Brewster Wellfield, Putnam County (pdf), and Fact Sheet (pdf)

Conrail Diesel Fuel Spill, Tompkins County (pdf)

Cortese Landfill, Sullivan County (Restoration Plan) (pdf)

Cortese Landfill, Sullivan County (Draft Restoration Plan Addendum) (pdf)

Hi View Terrace, Erie County (pdf)

Liberty Industrial Finishing, Nassau County

Love Canal, 102nd Street & Forest Glen, Niagara County (pdf). Superfund sites Addressed by Restoration Plan: Figure 1.jpg, Restoration Projects Under Preferred Alternative: Figure 2.jpg and Fact Sheet

Mattiace Petrochemical Company Superfund Site, Glen Cove, Nassau County - Final Restoration Plan (1.42 MB pdf) and Addendum (pdf)

Wide Beach Development, Erie County, Consent Decree (1.24 MB pdf)



NOAA Damage Assessment and Restoration Program

[1] Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA); the Clean Water Act; the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

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Last updated: March 20, 2015
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