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An Overview and Update on the Natural Resources - swpba


									An Overview and Update on the
  Natural Resources Damage
 Assessment (NRDA) from the
         MC-252 Spill
       Presenter: Mike Beiser
      Mississippi Department of
       Environmental Quality
             Photo Credits: NOAA
• All Information presented herein is part of
  the public record.
• Nothing case-sensitive or confidential is
•   Trudy Fisher, Executive Director, MDEQ
•   Richard Harrell, MDEQ
•   Lisa Ouzts, MDEQ
•   Troy Baker, NOAA
•   Cheryl Brodnax, NOAA
•   Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
•   Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
•   Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
•   Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
•   Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
•   US Fish and Wildlife Service
                       it Happens

• April 20, 2010 MC-252 Well Explodes
  – Loss of Life
  – Release of Oil, Methane
  – June 1, 2010 Oil Reaches MS Barrier Islands
  – June 27, 2010 Oil Reaches Our Beaches
  – July 15, 2010 Well Capped
  – Sept. 16, 2010 Well Killed!
  Photo credit: NOAA
• Natural Resource Damage Assessment:
 the process of collecting and analyzing information to
 evaluate the nature and extent of injuries resulting from
 an incident and to determine the restoration actions
 needed to bring injured natural resources and services
 back to baseline and make the environment and the
 public whole for interim losses.
• Safety First!
• Mobilized as soon as incident reported
  – Conference Calls on potential natural
    resource damages
  – Formed Technical Work Groups (TWGs)
  – Plans and execution of baseline sampling
    (pre- and post-oiling)
     • Water column, sediments, epifauna, fish, shellfish,
       wildlife mortality, observations
Summary: NRDA Framework
Courtesy Troy Baker, NOAA

Release                              PREASSESSMENT SCREEN
                                     Ephemeral Data Collection Activities
                                                                              Public and

                                      RESTORATION PLANNING
                            Injury Assessment              Restoration Selection
                                                            Restoration Scoping
                            Field Studies                   Project Identification
Exposure                    Data Evaluation                 Project Scaling
                            Modeling                        Draft Restoration Plan
                            Injury Quantification           Final Restoration Plan


                                RESTORATION IMPLEMENTATION
                           State Trustees
Governor of each state is designated as that states trustee. Governor has
the option to delegate trustee designation.

•   Lead: Coastal Protection and
    Restoration Authority (CPRA)           •   Department of Environmental
•   Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office/DPS
                                           •   Fish and Wildlife Conservation
•   Department of Environmental Quality
•   Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
•   Department of Natural Resources        Texas
                                           •   Commission on Environmental Quality
Alabama                                    •   Parks and Wildlife Department
•   Department of Conservation and
                                           •   General Land Office
    Natural Resources (State Lands
•   Geological Survey of Alabama           Mississippi
                                           •   Department of Environmental Quality
                                                –    Trudy Fisher, Trustee
            Federal Trustees
• Department of Defense
  – Navy
• Department of Commerce
  – NOAA
• Department of the Interior
  – US Fish and Wildlife Service
  – National Park Service
  – Bureau of Land Management
• Department of Agriculture
      How does it fit together?
•   Trustee Council
     • State and Federal Trustees and their
       representatives work together to assess injuries to
       resources and develop legal case
     • Provide direction to the Technical Working Groups
     • Executive Committee of state and federal trustees
       meet regularly to coordinate high level decisions
•   Responsible Parties (RPs) are invited to participate in
    a cooperative process for assessing injured resources
•   RPs fund assessment activities
•   Trustees may exit the cooperative process
• PRIMARY RESTORATION: Actions to return
  injured natural resources and natural resource
  services to baseline.

  taken to compensate the public and the
  environment for the interim losses of natural
  resources and natural resource services from
  the date of the incident until recovery.
   Early Restoration Framework
     Agreement (April 2011)
• BP committed $1 billion for “early”
  restoration projects.
• Trustee Council Executive Committee
  agreed to divide money as follows:
  – $100 million to each of 5 Gulf Coast States
  – $100 million each to DOI and Commerce
  – $300 million for additional projects
  Viewed as a “Down Payment”
          Project Selection Criteria
              under OPA 1990
•   Cost effective
•   Nexus between project and injury
•   Likelihood of success
•   Extent to which the project
    – Will prevent future injury
    – Will avoid collateral injury as a result of
• Benefits >1 natural resource/service
• Effect on public health and safety
       Project Selection Criteria
     under Framework Agreement
• Restores, rehabilitates, replaces, or acquires the
  equivalent of natural resources/services injured as a
  result of the spill or compensates for interim loss
• Addresses >1 specific injuries to natural resources
  and/or natural resource services
• Seeks to restore natural resources and/or services of like
  type, quality, ecological value as those injured as a result
  of spill
• Cannot be inconsistent with long-term restoration needs
  and the FRP
• Feasible and cost-effective
      Project Selection Criteria
      practical considerations
• How quickly project begins to produce
  benefits to the environment
• Diverse projects benefitting an array of
  natural resources/services
• Focus on types of projects where Trustees
  have significant experience
• Preference given to “shovel ready”
Early Restoration Project Selection
 –   Project development (internal, NGOs, public)
 –   Submission to Trustee Council for Approval
 –   Negotiation of offsets with Responsible Party
 –   Preparation of Draft Early Restoration Plan (DERP)
 –   Public Meetings/Comments
 –   Finalize DERP into FERP
 –   Design
 –   Implementation
 –   Monitoring and contengency
  Phase I Restoration Projects
• Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation (LA ~$14.4
• LA Oyster Cultch (~$15.5 million)
• MS Oyster Cultch Restoration (~$11 mill.)
• MS Artificial Reef Habitat (~$2.6 million)
• Marsh Is. Marsh Creation (AL ~$11.2 mill.)
• AL Dune Restoration (~$1.5 million)
• FL Boat Ramp Enhancement and Construction
  (~$5 million)
• FL Dune Restoration (~$645,000)
Cultch Deployment in Mississippi
      Phase II Project Status
• Two Projects to be Presented in Phase II DERP

  – 1.Comprehensive Program for Enhanced
    Management of Avian Breeding Habitat Injured by
    Response (~$4.6 million)

  – 2.Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response
    (~$4.3 million)

  Public Meeting in Pensacola FL November 13, 2012
                    The Future
• Trustees are continuing to evaluate projects previously
  submitted, as well as new project submittals for both
  “early” and Final Restoration

• Intent is to propose additional Phases of projects until all
  funds made available in the Framework Agreement are

• Restoration beyond the “Early” restoration will be
  required to fully compensate the public for natural
  resources and services lost as a result of the spill.
                 The Future
• The Injury Assessment Process Continues
   – Rigorous studies necessary to withstand
     scrutiny in court- - - likely to take years to
     implement and complete
   Restoration work will take many years to
   Long-term monitoring and adaptive
     management of the Gulf Ecosystem will likely
     continue for decades until the Trustees can
     be certain that the public has been fully
     compensated for the losses
General Information and Restoration Project

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