NOAA/NMFS Restoration Centerby Donald A. Wickham, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,
Carol Collinson Kahl, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,
Abstract: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) represents the public as a Federal Trustee for living marine resources and their habitat through its Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (DARP). The Restoration Center, located within NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, is one component of the DARP, which also consists of the NOAA Damage Assessment Center and Special Counsel for Marine Resources. The Restoration Center supports the NOAA natural resource damage assessment process through defining and assessing restoration options to provide cost estimates for damage claims for injury to trust resources from discharges of oil (Oil Pollution Act) or hazardous substances (CERCLA/Superfund. Upon recovery of damage claims, the Restoration Center works with Federal, state, and other trustees in the development and implementation of restoration plans. The Restoration Center supports research on ecosystem functions and restoration technology, administers restoration projects, the NMFS habitat modification permit-review process, and restoration projects undertaken by the NOAA marine sanctuaries and estuarine reserves program. The Restoration Center also coordinates projects to develop fisheries habitat under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers, NMFS contributions to the Coastal America initiative, and implementation of wetland recovery projects under the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA).
Subject Headings: Federal government | Ecological restoration | Aquatic habitats | Wetlands (coastal) | Fish management | Natural resources | Claims | Pollution
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