NOAA's Damage Assessment Program: Past, Present, and Future

by George L. Kinter, National Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration, Silver Spring, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


This paper reviews trustee authorities established under the Super fund Act of 1980 and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to provide an introductory framework for more detailed presentations on natural resource damage assessment included in this document. The development of Federal regulations to implement these authorities is also reviewed, along with lessons learned by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) as it has carried out its own trustee responsibilities. The scope of NOAA's trusteeship is explained, along with the concept of overlapping trusteeships and the importance of cooperation between Federal, State, and Indian-tribal co-trustees. Finally, how NOAA is currently organized to meet its trustee responsibilities through the Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (DARP), the program's success to date and a possible future focus that could increase its effectiveness are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Reviews | Federal government | Natural resources | Environmental issues | Ocean engineering | Ecological restoration | Seas and oceans | Coastal management

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