Damage Assessment to Continue in the Gulf of Mexico
|In May 2010, a brown pelican flies over Breton National Wildlife Refuge, with containment boom in the background, after the BP oil spill. The NRDAR process will continue in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011.|
|Credit: Tom MacKenzie, USFWS|
The Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) program is expected to continue through 2011 and beyond in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill. NRDAR is a legal process to determine the restoration needed to compensate the public for harm to natural resources from an oil spill or other release of a toxic substance. Teams of biologists, including some from the National Wildlife Refuge System, will continue collection of data on birds, fish, marine mammals and sea turtles, coral and water quality, among other areas, to complete this assessment. Biological sampling is being conducted both on and off national wildlife refuges in the Gulf region. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama and Breton National Wildlife Refuges in Louisiana were among refuges directly impacted by the spill. For more information on the NRDAR process, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/ and http://www.fws.gov/home/dhoilspill/.