Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustees Commend Gulf Task Force Efforts

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Contact: Donna Lum, 601-948-3071, 601-720-4418
October 5, 2011

The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees, comprised of representatives of the five Gulf states and two federal agencies, commend the members of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force for their efforts in developing a preliminary strategy for long-term restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and the Gulf Coast region.

What We Heard from the Public on Restoration Types to Restore the Gulf

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Earlier this year, the trustees for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill asked the public for input on the types of restoration needed to address impacts from the spill. The comments were collected as part of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) process. The PEIS will serve as the core planning document for restoration associated with the oil spill.

Visualizing the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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After the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil moved through the water column in a variety of ways. We knew there were several possible scenarios for how it might move into the sediments at the bottom of the ocean. NOAA communicators faced a challenge to clearly describe the different ways oil could move into the sediment layer at the ocean floor.

Using mapping data and discussing the concepts with NOAA scientists, medical and scientific illustrator Kate Sweeney developed a single, striking graphic illustration that clearly encompassed all the most likely possibilities:

Wanted: Deep Thoughts - Your Ideas on Restoring Deepwater Resources

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About 40 miles offshore and a mile down, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill contaminated large areas of the offshore environment. From the spill's earliest days, its location proved to be a major challenge to those working to respond to it.

NRDA in the News: Dolphins - Partners in the Quest to Restore the Gulf

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After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year, teams of biologists from NOAA and other federal and state agencies mobilized in the Gulf of Mexico. Their mission was to assess the impacts from the spill to a wide range of important natural resources – including dolphins. NOAA has documented extensive exposure of these animals to Deepwater Horizon oil. This exposure can cause a variety of health impacts in marine mammals, including death.