First Round of Natural Resource Damage Assessment Public Meetings Completed, Trustees Turn Toward Next Steps

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The Gulf of Mexico will be restored following impacts from the Deepwater BP oil spill, and the public will play an important role in that restoration process, officials from agencies responsible for restoring the impacted natural resources said at nine public meetings held throughout the Gulf in October and November.

Florida Public Hears from State Natural Resource Trustees About NRDA

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The Florida public learned about the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process for the Deepwater BP oil spill at a public meeting in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., on November 30.

More than 50 people convened at the Emerald Coast Convention Center to hear from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the state’s trustee for natural resources in the Gulf spill.

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Described at Mississippi Public Meeting

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Mississippi citizens discussed restoring the Gulf of Mexico following injury from the Deepwater BP oil spill at a meeting in Long Beach, MS, on Monday November 22.

About 50 people attended to discuss the process of assessing the impacts and restoring the environment. This was one of a series of informational public meetings taking place across the Gulf region.

Alabama Trustees Hear from Public at NRDA Meeting

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The public was asked to provide input in the process to help assess the damage to the Alabama coast from the Deepwater BP oil spill at a meeting on November 11 in Spanish Fort, AL.

More than 50 members of the public attended to hear from representatives of the trustee agencies responsible for the natural resources impacted by the BP spill. Elected officials from Dauphin Island, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Gulf Shores, and Rep. Jo Bonner’s office were in attendance.

Florida Natural Resource Damage Assessment Public Meeting

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Title: Florida Natural Resource Damage Assessment Public Meeting
Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Description: Learn about the next steps in assessing the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill and plans to restore the Gulf Coast at the first Florida public meeting November 30 in Fort Walton Beach. State and federal representatives will be on hand to explain the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), provide information on opportunities for public involvement as the process moves forward, and answer questions or concerns.

Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Public Meeting

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Title: Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Public MeetingLocation: New Orleans, LADescription: What happens now that the spill has been stopped?

Deeper Insights: Researching the Spill Under the Sea

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Did you know that shipwrecks are great places for corals to grow?

When a ship sinks to the bottom of the ocean, corals can attach to the wreckage and thrive. That’s one of the things researchers aboard the Ronald H. Brown were looking for when the NOAA ship started its cruise around the Gulf of Mexico in October.