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  1. NOAA’s Response BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill • Gunnar Lauenstein, February 2, 2011

  2. Tragically, oil spills happen…

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

  4. 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

  5. NRDA Assessment Activities

  6. Sampling Snapshot: Over 89 offshore research cruises ~27,000 NRDA environmental samples: • 13,019 water • 4,199 sediment, and • 5,815 tissue samples. ~4,200 linear miles of shoreline surveyed Wildlife: • 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 species Deepwater communities impacts

  7. Vessels • Collecting & surveying impacts to varieties of fish/mammals and seafood safety sampling • Performing sub-surface testing to determine presence of oil and monitor water quality THOMAS JEFFERSON GORDON GUNTER Numerous Partnerships PISCES DELAWARE II

  8. Mussel Watch Special Sampling • TBD

  9. Human HealthNOAA & FDA Collaboration • Oyster Metals Analyses • - arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, tin, zinc • - nickel & vanadium • Years of samples • - 2007/2008 & • - November 2010

  10. Relative Amount of Flocculant

  11. Sediment Core

  12. Federal Web Portal • www.restorethegulf.gov • Clear and accessible information and resources for the public • “One-stop” repository for news, data and operational updates related to administration-wide efforts

  13. Questions? • Gunnar.Lauenstein@noaa.gov