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

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

August 29, 2019

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. The plan is available for public comment through October 31, 2019. The Trustees will hold an information meeting and webinar September 12 at 1 p.m. You can participate:

  • In-person:
    Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 
    1 Rabbit Hill Road
    Westborough, MA 01581
  • Remotely: Register to attend the webinar at:

Review and comment on the draft plan:

The Draft Restoration Plan For Common Loon And Other Birds Impacted By The Bouchard Barge 120 Oil Spill is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office website. Hardcopies are also available at the address below.

Written comments will be accepted through October 31, 2019 by: 

  • Email: United States Fish and Wildlife Service at
  • Mail:
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    70 Commercial Street, Suite 300
    Concord, NH 03301
    Attn: Molly Sperduto