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State and Federal agencies are working together to assess the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and to determine appropriate restoration actions to restore natural resources, ecological services, and recreational services injured or lost due to the incident.
The Science Issue and Relevance: After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Federal and state agencies including the Department of Commerce (represented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)), the Department of the Interior (DOI; represented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the five Gulf States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, formed a Trustee Council and began working together to collectively assess the injuries caused by the spill and to select the appropriate restoration measures to compensate the public for the injury to and lost use of the resources each of the Trustees hold in trust for the public. The Cross-Trustee Implementation Group (Cross-TIG) Monitoring and Adaptive Management (MAM) work group was established by the Trustee Council to meet the monitoring and adaptive management obligations described in the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PDARP/PEIS) and Trustee Council Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). On behalf of DOI, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) co-leads the Cross-TIG MAM in conjunction with the State of Florida. The work group consists of one primary and one alternate representative with technical expertise from each of the nine Trustee Council members.
Methodology for Addressing the Issue: As directed by the Trustee Council, the Cross-TIG MAM work group is currently helping fulfill the following MAM responsibilities:
Future Steps: The Cross-TIG MAM anticipates supporting the Trustee Council on the following activities in the future: