Every year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) responds to more than a hundred oil and chemical spills in U.S. waters. Spills into coastal waters can harm people and the environment and substantially impact regional and global economies. The EAS team played a key role in developing and performing sampling operations in the Gulf of Mexico in support of NOAA’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) of the 2010 MC252 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
EAS offers a highly experienced and technically proficient team skilled in emergency response and NRDAs related to pore water, surface water, plants, shellfish, mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates on land and in coastal and inland waters.
Sampling fish, sargassum, plankton, water, and sediment in the Gulf of Mexico in support of NOAA’s emergency response and NRDA efforts
Assembling long-term monitoring data for use in evaluating and quantifying potential injuries to receptor organisms and their communities
Developing a scientifically sound field study plan and supporting documents to guide studies to further characterize the nature and extent of contaminated groundwater upwellings in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River