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Contact: Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment, DOINRDAR@ios.doi.gov

Interior Department Launches New Interactive Website for Tracking Natural Resource Damage and Restoration Cases Nationwide

DARTS—The Damage Assessment and Restoration Tracking System— is now live

Alaska, Restoration, Press Release
M/V Selendang Ayu. Photo Credit: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

The Natural Resource Trustees for the M/V Selendang Ayu oil spill have released a draft Assessment Plan for public review.

Massachusetts, Restoration, Press Release
Participants on the newly opened Shaw Trail

This summer a land protection celebration hosted by Buzzards Bay Coalition in Fairhaven, Massachusetts brought together federal, state, and local government to celebrate a partnership that has protected more than 400 acres of beaches, salt marshes, forests, fields, and coastal farmland. The parcel will connect to Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and provide additional public shoreline access.

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Mark Huston, Deputy Director, Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment

On May 15, 2015 Mark Huston, Deputy Director, Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment, Office of the Secretary served as a guest speaker as part of School Without Walls Industry Workshop Series.  Mr. Huston presented on his college experience, career field, and career path.  Twelfth grade students enrolled in an internship course attended the session.  LaToya Grant is the school’s Industry Workshop Series and Internship coordinator.  

Deepwater Horizon, Restoration, Press Release
Overhead view of response ships in the Gulf of Mexico

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform started the largest offshore marine oil spill in U.S. history, releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, over a period of eighty-seven days.

California, Restoration, Press Release
O'Shaughnessy Seawall in the 1970's

The O'Shaughnessy Seawall at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California is getting a face-lift after nearly a century of holding back the sand and sea at Ocean Beach. Funding for this project comes from the 2007 Cosco Busan settlement.

Colorado, Restoration, Press Release
Overland Pond Park

On March 27, 2015, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Kristen Sarri, visited Overland Pond Park in southwest Denver to promote DOI's 50 Cities Initiative.

California, Restoration, Press Release
Black Oystercatcher

2014 was another big year for restoration projects funded through the Cosco Busan oil spill settlement. Over $15 million, allocated to over 50 projects, was at work enhancing and restoring beaches and habitat around the Bay Area.

Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Red-spotted newt at South River State Forest in Conway, MA

On January 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the "Settlement Agreement among the United States Department of the Interior, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Honeywell International Inc.; and Amphenol Corporation."

Alabama, Florida, Deepwater Horizon, Press Release

On December 6, 2013, the federal and State natural trustees opened a 60-Day public comment period for the Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

Colorado, Press Release
sorbent booms stretched across Sand Creek in December 2011, near Commerce City, Colorado

On November 21, U.S. Department of Justice opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed settlement for natural resource damages arising from a November 2011 release of oil from Suncor Energy facility near Commerce City, Colorado.

Connecticut, Press Release
Quinnipiac River Canoeable Trail in Southington, Connecticut

On October 31, 2013, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final Restoration Plan for natural resources injured by hazardous substances releases from two Superfund sites along Quinnipiac River in Southington, Hartford County, central Connecticut.

Alabama, Press Release
aerial view of Ciba-Geigy McIntosh Plant site, near McIntosh, Washington County, Alabama

On October 2, the federal and State natural resource trustees settled natural resource damage claims arising from hazardous substances releases from the Ciba-Geigy Corp. NPL site in McIntosh, Washington County, southwestern Alabama.

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