2018 Accomplishments: The Fiscal Year in Review
A boardwalk in the foreground extending toward a displaced vessel on a grassy shoreline.
An infographic that reads: "2018: By the Numbers; 201:OR&R responded to 201 oil spills, chemical releases and other threats; 38: That's the number of training and response events hosted at the Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center; 1,984: Metric tons of marine debris removed; 2,743: People we trained in disaster preparedness, oil and chemical spill response, and planning; $34.4M: Funds for restoration of public natural resources from two oil spills and four waste sites."

For NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Fiscal Year 2018 was a year filled with new challenges and new achievements —  including providing scientific support for over 200 pollution-related incidents, a prolonged response to the 2017 hurricane season, and ongoing research into the detection of oil thickness via remote sensing.

OR&R puts out an annual report as an overview of the efforts in oil and chemical spill response, shoreline restoration, marine debris reduction, disaster preparedness, and the many other tasks OR&R handled during the previous fiscal year.

"It was an extraordinary year in OR&R. From the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference to receiving the Gold Medal for our hurricane response, from our $34 million in Natural Resource Damage Assessment settlements to creation of the Disaster Preparedness Program and from improvements to our lifesaving tools to another year with over 200 incidents, this report is just a snapshot of the great things we do every day. On behalf of OR&R, I also want to thank our leadership and incredible partners, as we could not have done this without their commitment and support. As I wrap up my career in NOAA, I have been humbled and honored to witness the incredible innovation, extraordinary capability, exemplary camaraderie and extreme dedication of our team. I thank you for standing ready every day and know the future will be even brighter. I proudly present this year’s accomplishments report."

~OR&R Director Dave Westerholm

Find out more about OR&R’s work for the past fiscal year by viewing our 2018 Accomplishments Report.