Info Session on DWH Natural Resource Damage Assessment

This session, given in conjunction with 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference on February 1, 2016, offered an overview of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. What is it? What it means? What will happen now? Learn about the wealth of information that has been documented and the science surrounding the thousands of datasets collected. Learn about the settlement, the terms, the payout and what it means for the Gulf in the future.

Opening Overview  Nancy Kinner, Coastal Response Research Center

NRDA 101   Adam Domanski, NOAA ARD

Overview of the Allocation and Overview of the DWH Science  Lisa DiPinto, NOAA ARD

Overview DWH NRDA Restoration  Leslie Craig, NOAA Restoration Center

Overview of RESTORE Plan           Jessica Kondel, NOAA, NMFS

Overview of the National Academy of Science (NAS) Gulf of Mexico Initiative   Kim Waddell, NAS Gulf Research Program

Additional Resources:

  • DWH NRDA peer-reviewed publications funded in whole or in part by NOAA: published results of NOAA's efforts as of April 2015. These studies, paid for partly or entirely by NRDA funding, have been published in the following peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Identifies DWH NRDA Trustee Council activities including Early Restoration Projects, Draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/ Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and an option to submit project ideas pertinent to DWH natural resource injuries.
  • The Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) was developed to direct a portion of the Clean Water Act civil penalties from the Deepwater Horizon disaster to Gulf restoration. President Obama signed the RESTORE Act into law on July 6, 2012.
  • The RESTORE Act creates a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. The Fund will receive 80% of any civil penalties paid under the Clean Water Act by the parties responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Fund will support a variety of projects aimed at helping the Gulf recover from environmental and economic injuries experienced as a result of decades of oil and gas development in the region, including the effects of Deepwater Horizon.
  • The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has responsibilities with respect to 60 percent of the funds made available from a Gulf Restoration Trust Fund, also established by the RESTORE Act. More information on the work of the Council can be found at:
  • Also, under the RESTORE Act, NOAA was authorized to establish and administer the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring, and Technology Program (NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program).  More information on the Program can be found at: