Midwest Region - Ohio Ecological Services Office Conserving the nature of America

Biologists collecting fish from nets and putting into plastic bin.

Jeromy Applegate and JoAnn Banda conduct an Index of Biotic Integrity study on fish in French Creek in Ohio.

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR)

The goal of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) program is to restore natural resources harmed by the release of a hazardous substance (e.g., oil, chemicals) into the environment.  The Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and other State, Tribal, and Federal partners act as "Trustees" for natural resources, including federal lands, endangered and threatened species, migratory birds and fish, and habitats supporting these species.  Trustees work with the responsible party (party responsible for release of the hazardous substance) to ensure that the resource(s) are restored to the condition they would have been had the hazardous substances not been released, and to compensate the public for the loss of their use or enjoyment of natural resources. 

Trustees work together to determine whether natural resources were negatively affected (injured) by the release of a hazardous substance, and determine the geographic extent and duration of the injury.  The Service works with partners in the state, city and county agencies, academic institutions, non-profit institutions, and often the responsible party to complete studies that assess injury to natural resources.  Once studies are completed, Trustees propose potential restoration projects that will adequately compensate for the injury within a Restoration Plan that seeks input from the public.  After consideration of public input, final projects are selected and the Trustees oversee implementation and provide long-term monitoring to ensure project success.  Trustees work with the responsible party to carry out restoration activities, or will recover funds from responsible parties to carry out the restoration activities.

 

More Information


> U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NRDAR Factsheet

> Department of Interior Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program

> U.S. FWS NRDAR Program Site

> NOAA Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program