About this Collection
The Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Program is designed to restore natural resources that have been damaged or impacted by the release of hazardous substances or spills. To fulfill the mission of restoring natural resources, the natural resource Trustees1 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.
1 Natural resource Trustees include Federal and State agencies and Indian Tribes/Nations that have the responsibility and authority to protect natural resources.