Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program
After an oil spill or hazardous substance release, response agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Coast Guard clean up the substance and eliminate or reduce risks to human health and the environment. But these efforts may not fully restore injured natural resources or address their lost uses by the public. NOAA's Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP) conducts studies to identify the extent of resource injuries, the best methods for restoring those resources, and the type and amount of restoration required.
Created after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the program provides permanent expertise within NOAA to assess and restore natural resources injured by oil and hazardous substance releases as well as physical impacts, such as ship groundings. For more than a decade, NOAA has worked cooperatively with teams of state, tribal, and Federal co-trustees to recover roughly $300 million for the restoration of injured coastal resources.
DARRP is a NOAA multi-office effort involving the Damage Assessment Center, Office of General Counsel for Natural Resources, and Restoration Center. OR&R's Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) is responsible for assessing the impact to NOAA trust resources from releases of oil and hazardous materials to achieve the goal of restoration. DAC staff determines what resources have been injured and lost to the public, and identifies resources that should be restored.