The public is entitled to compensation for economic, recreational, and environmental damage caused by an oil spill through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. Designated State and Federal agencies act as trustees for public resources and are responsible for documenting the injury from the spill (including losses to public recreation, wildlife, and water/environmental quality) and pursuing restoration to compensate for those injuries. The injury assessment and compensatory restoration planning are often conducted as a cooperative process between the trustee agencies, the responsible party, members of the public and non-governmental organizations. Depending on the severity of the spill, the NRDA process can take many years.
Members of the public can participate in the NRDA process in various ways including;
- Providing information that will help identify and document injury to specific public resources such as wildlife, recreation, and environment.
- Submitting ideas for restoration projects
- Commenting on the Restoration Plan
- Commenting on the Environmental Impact Report
Channelkeeper contributes to the NRDA process by providing baseline monitoring data to inform impact determinations, contributing appropriate restoration proposals, keeping the community informed, and ensuring selected projects adequately compensate our community.
The Office of Spill Prevention and Response has prepared a Fact Sheet on the NRDA process.
For information on the Refugio NRDA (expected early 2019) visit our Refugio Oil Spill page.