A guide to some technical words, acronyms, and other terminology found on this website.
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Data and Maps
Use our tools to search, visualize, and download data associated with the evaluation and restoration of environmental injuries from DARRP cases.
NOAA formally created the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP) in 1992 in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. For over 25 years we have assessed, restored, and protected coastal environments damaged by oil spills, hazardous waste releases, and vessel groundings.
NOAA is a steward, or Government official acting on behalf of the public when there is injury to, destruction of, loss of, or threat to natural resources. for the nation’s coastal and marine resources. We act on behalf of the public to protect and restore natural resources harmed by oil spills, releases of hazardous waste, and, in some instances, vessel groundings.
NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP) works with teams composed of state, tribal, and federal agencies, often in cooperation with industry. We also involve the public as we develop plans for restoration. To date, we have recovered $10.43 billion for restoration from those responsible for environmental harm.
NOAA trust resources are living marine resources. They include commercial and recreational fishery resources, (fish, shellfish, and their habitats), migratory fish species (like salmon and eels), endangered and threatened marine species (like whales, sea turtles, and their habitats), and other critical habitats (like marshes, mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs), and resources associated with National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserves.