A Strategic Approach to the Restoration Planning Process for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Cases

by Mark Helvey, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries, Service, Long Beach, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


While the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regulations make it clear that a range of restoration alternatives be identified in damage assessment cases, much time and money can be wasted if a strategic approach is not adopted in the planning and development of these alternatives. The restoration planning portion of the damage assessment can be more productive by establishing the major directions that planning should take at an early stage. This can be accomplished by examining the relationship between the injured resources, the types of background studies needed to determine appropriate restoration measures and the chronology for implementing these studies. Resolution of particular situational issues can assist restoration managers in formulating a strategic approach for determining the direction restoration planning should proceed and how this information will be integrated with other aspects of the damage assessment. Resolution of these issues up front also enables the restoration manager to overcome on of the major hurdles of restoration planning -- getting started.

Subject Headings: Natural resources | Managers | Waste management | Information management | Legislation | Environmental issues | Pollution

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