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Gunnar Lauenstein, February 2, 2011

NOAA’s Response BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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NOAA’s Response BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Gunnar Lauenstein, February 2, 2011. Tragically, oil spills happen…. DWH Trustee Council Membership. Federal Trustees: U.S. DOC – NOAA U.S. DOI – FWS, NPS, BLM, BIA U.S. DOD -Navy State Trustees: Alabama Florida Louisiana Mississippi - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Text of NOAA’s Response BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

  • Tragically, oil spills happen


  • DWH Trustee Council Membership

    *Federal Trustees:U.S. DOC NOAAU.S. DOI FWS, NPS, BLM, BIAU.S. DOD -Navy

    State Trustees:Alabama FloridaLouisianaMississippiTexas

    Trustee Council: Goal: Work cooperatively to determine the magnitude andextent of injury to natural resources in the GOM from the DWH spill and fully restore those injured resources

  • Current Assessment Activities for DWH*Technical Working Groups (TWGs) State and Federal natural resource trustees and BP implementing pre-/post-impact field studies for multiple resources:

    Includes water, sediment, tissue sampling and observations from planes, ships and shore

    Includes potential impacts from the response

  • NRDA Assessment Activities*

  • Sampling Snapshot:*Over 89 offshore research cruises~27,000 NRDA environmental samples:13,019 water4,199 sediment, and5,815 tissue samples.~4,200 linear miles of shoreline surveyedWildlife: Live oiled wildlife captured: >2,079 birds and 456 sea turtles. Dead visibly oiled wildlife collected: 2,263 birds, 18 sea turtles; 5 marine mammals.Several hundred transmitters on wide-ranging speciesDeepwater communities impacts

  • Collecting & surveying impacts to varieties of fish/mammals and seafood safety samplingPerforming sub-surface testing to determine presence of oil and monitor water quality Vessels*THOMAS JEFFERSONGORDON GUNTERPISCESDELAWARE IINumerous Partnerships

  • TBDMussel Watch Special Sampling*

    Number of Sites SampledOyster Tissue Organics49Oyster Tissue Metals49Oyster Tissue Histopathology42H2O Salinity45H2O PAHs43H2O VOAs45Sediment Organics44Sediment Metals44Sediment VOAs44Sediment P450 Toxicity43Sediment Benthos41

  • Oyster Metals Analyses- arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, tin, zinc - nickel & vanadiumYears of samples- 2007/2008 & - November 2010

    Human HealthNOAA & FDA Collaboration*

  • Relative Amount of Flocculant *

  • Sediment Core*

  • Federal Web Portal

    www.restorethegulf.govClear and accessible information and resources for the publicOne-stop repository for news, data and operational updates related to administration-wide efforts


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