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An underwater photo of a diver removing sea urchins from a rock in green water.
Diver removes urchins from an urchin barren to allow for kelp growth as part of NOAA's Montrose Settlements Restoration Program off the coast of California's Palos Verdes peninsula (David Witting, NOAA).

Marking 30 Years of Restoring Underwater Ecosystems After Pollution

July 1, 2021

This month NOAA's DARRP program is marking 30 years of restoring underwater ecosystems after pollution! At the Montrose site in California, toxic waste dumping of DDT polluted the ocean floor. Today, the $140.2 M settlement is being used to restore those injured habitats-like this diver removing sea urchins so kelp forests can grow.

Learn more about how NOAA works to restore underwater habitats like shellfish beds and coral reefs on our Explore Cases Map, and these kelp forests on our Montrose Case Page

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An underwater photo of an orange fish with kelp in the background.