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What We Do

We conduct Natural Resource Damage Assessments to assess and restore natural resources after oil spills, ship groundings, and hazardous releases. Learn about this process—what triggers it, who performs it, and what the outcomes are.

DARRP Accomplishment Outreach

Restoration Success Stories



NOAA responds to pollution events such as this oil spill in Adak, Alaska that took place in 2010. Through restoration we bring the natural resources to the condition they would have been in had the pollution not occurred.

NOAA is a steward, or "trustee," 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.