Public Hearing Set in Florida for Natural Resource Restoration

By: Gulf Coast Restoration Organization Press Release
By: Gulf Coast Restoration Organization Press Release

Fort Walton Beach, FL - All Floridians are invited to Fort Walton Beach on Tuesday, November 30, to learn about steps being taken to restore the natural resources of our state and the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The first public meeting in Florida on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process will take place at the Emerald Coast Conference Center on November 30 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. State and federal representatives will be on hand to explain their mission and answer questions regarding the NRDA process.

As part of BP’s promise to restore the Gulf, the company is working with state and federal trustee agencies to determine the impact of the oil spill on natural resources. The NRDA is being conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the United States Department of Interior, and representatives from the five affected Gulf States.

BP is working cooperatively with the trustee agencies to collect data and assess possible restoration projects. BP has funded the vast majority of the costs of the damage assessment.

The goals of the NRDA are to evaluate impact and develop the best strategies to bring the Gulf back to its “baseline” condition - the condition the Gulf would have been in if the oil spill never happened.

The NRDA process will evaluate potential impacts to plants, marine life and their habitats, as well as beaches and wetlands. It will also evaluate potential impacts of the oil spill on tourism.

The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the NRDA process.

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