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SUNY Stony Brook Seniors Tackle NRDA

On October 7, 2014, OR&R Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) staff presented an introduction to Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Restoration for a capstone class of Sustainability students at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

The students are currently studying coastal restoration issues in a North Shore salt marsh as well as dune restoration along Fire Island. ARD's presentation covered general topics in NRDA as well as several local examples of assessment and restoration projects conducted by ARD staff including wetland restoration projects designed to compensate for injuries to NOAA trust resources caused by hazardous waste releases at a site in Glen Cove Creek on the North Shore of Long Island, and a fish passage project constructed to compensate for injuries caused by metal contamination in Massapequa Creek on the South Shore of Long Island.

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Ground area with poles, fencing for restoration work.
Bar Beach Lagoon Tidal Wetland Restoration Project in North Hempstead, NY. (NOAA)