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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia, Restoration, Press Release
Map of Waynesboro, VA

The Departments of Interior and Justice joined with the Commonwealth of Virginia to announce a proposed settlement with DuPont valued at approximately $50 million to resolve claims stemming from the release of mercury from the former E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) facility in Waynesboro, Virginia. Over 100 miles of river and associated floodplain have been contaminated by mercury in the South River and South Fork Shenandoah River watershed.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin, Restoration, Press Release
Man-made gravel dike leads to the lush, partially filled island. Photo by Kathryn Cawdrey.

What Happened?

The Cat Islands, located in Lower Green Bay, eroded away in the mid-1970s due to severe storms and high water damage. A few wetlands remained, but much of the habitat for aquatic animals, shorebirds, and 13 different species of colonial nesting birds was lost.

Press Release
Deepwater Horizon
Nanciann Regalado, DOI Deepwater Horizon NRDAR Outreach and Public Affairs

On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up and was consumed by fire. Eleven men died and many others were injured. For 87 days the well spewed oil – a total of 134 million gallons were released into the Gulf of Mexico. Ultimately, more than 43,000 square miles of the Gulf and its shoreline were oiled. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history.

Press Release

The Department of the Interior today announced the launch of the Damage Assessment and Restoration Tracking System (DARTS)—a new interactive website for tracking cases involving assessment of damages and restoration of natural resources that have been injured as a result of oil spills or hazardous-substance releases into the environment.

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. In December of 2004, the M/V Selendang Ayu shipping vessel ran aground and split in half, while traveling through the Aleutian Islands, spilling about 350,000 gallons of oil and diesel, as well as 132 million pounds of its soybean cargo on the northern shores of Unalaska Island, Alaska. The draft Assessment Plan describes the Trustees' proposed future natural resource damage assessment and restoration (NRDAR) activities that will be needed in order to identify appropriate compensatory restoration projects for this spill.

Deepwater Horizon, Restoration, Press Release
Turtle on Beach

The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees, representing five Gulf States, the U.S. Department of the Interior and three other federal agencies, proposed a draft plan for damage assessment and restoration in the Gulf region affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The draft plan, released upon announcement of a proposed civil settlement of the Deepwater Horizon litigation, outlines a strategy for allocating $8 billion in resources that will achieve an ecosystem-scale restoration of the Gulf region’s natural resources impacted by the spill.  

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.

Press Release
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."

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