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Cosco Busan Oil Spill Restoration Agencies Schedule

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  • LForouhi
    FYI: If anyone wants to carpool to the Mill Valley public meeting, please contact me! Cosco Busan Oil Spill Restoration Agencies Schedule Two Public Meetings
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 16, 2008

      FYI: If anyone wants to carpool to the Mill Valley public meeting, please contact me!

      Cosco Busan Oil Spill Restoration Agencies Schedule

      Two Public Meetings to Obtain Public Input:

      Tuesday, Jan. 22 Oakland from 11 am to 1 pm

      First Floor Auditorium in the Elihu M. Harris State Building

      1515 Clay Street, Oakland


      Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

      Cascade Room of the Mill Valley Community Center

      180 El Camino Alto, Mill Valley

      Restoration of the natural resources injured by the Cosco Busan oil

      spill in San Francisco Bay will be the focus of two public meetings, on

      Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Oakland and on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Mill Valley.

      The meetings will be conducted by State and Federal Trustee Agencies

      (trustees) responsible for restoring the injured resources, after

      assessing ecological injuries and human use losses caused by the spill.

      The trustees will brief the public on the restoration process, answer

      questions and seek information from the public about injuries resulting

      from the spill.

      A primary purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for the

      public and other organizations to learn about the restoration process

      and to provide any additional information and data they collected.

      Because the focus of these meetings is on injury assessment and ultimate

      restoration, these representatives will not be able to address questions

      about the immediate response to the spill.

      The restoration process is distinct from the initial clean-up

      activities. As the clean-up work winds down, the injury assessment and

      restoration process continues. Known as NRDA, or Natural Resource Damage

      Assessment, the restoration process is a long-term effort to quantify

      injuries to wildlife and habitat, and loss of human use of natural

      resources. Trustees from six federal and state agencies will develop a

      restoration plan both to restore the injured resources and to compensate

      the public for the injuries to the natural resources and human activities.

      The/ /trustees, in cooperation with local cities, counties, and other

      organizations, are working to assess the ecological/ /injuries and human

      use losses caused by the spill. Through this process, the trustees will/

      /quantify the injuries to wildlife,/ /habitat, and lost use of those

      resources,/ /and develop a/ /restoration plan. The trustees ultimately

      will make a/ /claim for funds from the responsible/ /party to implement

      restoration/ /projects designed to both restore and/ /compensate for the

      injured resources/ /and human activities.

      On the day of the spill, the trustees started working to assess the

      injuries and to collect time-critical data. Since then, they have been

      collecting samples, conducting other assessment activities and begun

      analyzing data. To date, they have identified impacts to birds,

      mammals, various habitats (including rocky intertidal, sandy beach, salt

      marsh, and eelgrass), and human uses. During the course of the NRDA,

      the trustees will attempt to quantify these injuries. The trustees will

      provide additional information on the status of this ongoing process at

      the open houses.

      The natural resource trustees are:

      State of California:

      Department of Fish and Game,

      State Lands Commission;


      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

      National Park Service,

      Bureau of Land Management,

      National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


      Al Donner, (916) 414-6566 *_al_donner@...

      Steve Hampton, (916) 323-4724 *_SHAMPTON@..._*

      Greg Baker, (650 329-5048 _*greg.baker@...*_

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