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A Brown Pelican lands on the restored Queen Bess Island.

Rescued from Deepwater Horizon, a Resilient Native Returns to Queen Bess Island

Ten years ago, a brown pelican was rescued from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He was eventually returned to the waters of the Gulf, but before being released was fit with a leg band bearing his new name—A04. And now, A04 has become part of an even bigger success story than its survival alone might suggest.

Cuttyhunk Island coastal habitat.

Draft Proposal For Massachusetts Land Acquisition Will Protect Hundreds of Acres of Habitat: Comment Now

NOAA and the natural resource Trustees for the Bouchard Barge-120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay on the north Atlantic Coast, have released a draft amendment to the previously approved 2014 Final Programmatic Restoration Plan for public review and comment through June 17, 2020.

Aerial view of the Cramer Hill Park habitat and recreation restoration site. Photo: State of New Jersey

Draft Amendment to the Presidente Rivera 1996 Restoration Plan Released for Public Comment

NOAA and the natural resource trustees for the M/V Presidente Rivera Oil Spill are proposing an amendment to a previously approved restoration plan from 1996.

Atlantic salmon parr in the Machias River, Maine.

Fish Passage Projects Approved to Restore Habitat After Oil Spills in Maine

NOAA and the other Gulf-Chevron Terminal Facility Trustees released a final restoration plan (PDF, 66 pages)  with $800,000 in projects to restore areas affected by multiple oil spills at the site in Maine.

Gag groupers are a species targeted for restoration in the recreational fisheries barotrauma reduction project.

$226 Million in Projects Approved in Gulf Open Ocean Restoration Plan

The Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group released the Final Open Ocean Restoration Plan 2 selecting 18 projects totaling almost $226 million to help restore fish, sea turtles, marine mammals and mesophotic and deep benthic communities injured by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

An angler casts from a boat on the Brandywine River, near a proposed boat ramp project in Wilmington, Delaware.

Athos Oil Spill Trustees Seek Comments on Proposed Delaware Boat Ramp Project Replacement

NOAA and natural resource Trustees in the M/T Athos I oil spill case are proposing an amendment to a previously approved restoration plan from 2009.

Silhouette of a common loon swimming on the surface of a river as the sun sets. Photo: Joseph Sands, USFWS.

Out For Public Input: Draft Plan to Restore Birds Killed, Injured by 2003 Oil Spill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have released a draft plan to restore common loons and other birds (PDF, 71 pages) that were killed and injured by the 2003 Bouchard Barge 120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Water runs through a culvert under a road, but it's too high for fish to pass through and needs to be replaced.

Comments Sought on Maine Gulf-Chevron Draft Restoration Plan, Proposed Fish Passage Projects

NOAA and the other Gulf-Chevron Terminal Facility case Trustees released a draft restoration plan proposing projects to restore areas affected by multiple oil spills at the site in Maine. The proposed projects will improve river ecosystem habitats in the Penobscot River watershed for a wide variety of fish and wildlife using or migrating through areas affected by the spills.

Two fishing reels with sky in the background

Comments Welcomed on Cooper River/M/V Everreach Draft Restoration Plan for Recreational Uses

The Cooper River/M/V Everreach oil spill Trustees released the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for Recreational Uses for public comment through July 27, 2019. The draft plan includes 2 preferred project alternatives to compensate for recreational fishing losses due to the 2002 spill.

Responder in gloves holds sea turtle covered in oil during Deepwater Horizon oil spill (NOAA).

Story Map: Oil Spill Response and Assessment Guidelines for Sea Turtles

During an oil spill important decisions need to be made fast, so it is critical that experts are equipped with the tools they need to consider all types of marine resources.

This is especially important when it comes to protected species like sea turtles. 

A loggerhead turtle swimming by divers in the Gulf of Mexico.

Comments Welcomed on Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Draft Restoration Plan

The Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group has 

Cleanup worker on beach with hands covered in oil. Image credit: Alaska Public Archives

Story Map: The Spills Behind the Oil Pollution Act

Thirty years ago on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred. It was America's largest oil spill at the time, and is largely credited with the passage of the Oil Pollution Act.

But it was not the only big spill of 1989. Between June 23 and 24, three different oil tankers accidentally poured their cargo into U.S. coastal waters.

A pair of common loons on the water's surface, facing each other.

Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Restoration Plan 1 Finalized

The Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group has approved its Final Restoration Plan 1 a

Marsh at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Coast.

NOAA Announces Latest Partnership to Restore Habitats Damaged by Oil and Hazardous Waste

NOAA and Ducks Unlimited are teaming up to restore habitat damaged from oil spills and hazardous waste releases. An initial cooperative agreement between the two organizations includes $1.8 million for restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico, in coordination with the State of Texas.