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Natural Resource Damage Assessment Efforts

After an oil spill, certain federal agencies - including NOAA and the Department of the Interior - are responsible for studying the effects of the spill through a process known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment. As part of this process, scientists work together to identify potential impacts to natural resources and lost public uses resulting from the spill. The agencies identify the extent of the impacts, the best methods for restoring the natural resources, and the type and amount of restoration required.