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Northeast Region
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NRDAR Activities in Virginia

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Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Connect with Us

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 fully to the pre-contamination level. 

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 Commonwealth, 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. 

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Last updated: February 11, 2020