Listen to the latest audio podcast episodes featuring the Office of Response and Restoration. The NOAA Ocean podcast is produced by NOAA's National Ocean Service.

Restoration of Industrial Waste Sites

NOAA Ocean Podcast, Episode 05 — 13:49 minutes

May 4, 2017 — An unfortunate by product of some industrial activities is the release of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals into the environment. NOAA Ocean Podcast talked with Reyhan Meharn, NOAA Regional Resource Coordinator with the Assessment and Restoration Division, about moving towards restoration at hazardous industrial waste sites.

Deepwater Horizon, One Year Later

Making Waves, Episode 73 — 7:58 minutes

April 21, 2017 — Take a look back at NOAA's role in the Deepwater Horizon spill response—the months when oil was spilling into the Gulf—through the eyes of one of the first NOAA responders to the spill. We're joined by Debbie Payton, chief of the Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division.

Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later

Diving Deeper, Episode 62 — 22:47 minutes

Aug. 27, 2015 — What was it like working in New Orleans and the surrounding area in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? In this podcast, we talk with Charlie Henry and Dave Wesley, two pollution responders from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration who were working in the area in the aftermath of both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Making Waves, Episode 126 — 8:58 minutes

June 26, 2014 — The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of many areas in the ocean where marine debris naturally concentrates because of ocean currents. In this episode, Dianna Parker from the NOAA Marine Debris Program explains what a garbage patch is and isn't, what we know and don't know, and what we can do about this ocean-sized problem.

The Exxon Valdez, 25 Years Later

Making Waves, Episode 122 — 15:03 minutes

March 21, 2014 — More than 25 years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil, we talk with NOAA marine biologist Gary Shigenaka to find out how marine life is faring in Prince William Sound today.

Restoring San Francisco Bay

Making Waves, Episode 91 — 14:56 minutes

Feb. 9, 2012 — Join us for a talk with two NOAA experts about a multi-year effort to restore the environment in the aftermath of a spill that dumped 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay. While we're focusing on this one spill, you'll get a good idea of how we deal as a nation with big spills wherever and whenever they occur along our coasts.

Cosco Busan Settlement

Making Waves, Episode 84 — 6:20 minutes

Sept. 29, 2011 — Listen to this National Ocean Service Making Waves podcast about the restoration of San Francisco Bay after the container ship Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in November 2007.

Oil Spill Response Revisited

Diving Deeper, Episode 32 — 23:42 minutes

April 14, 2011 — Join us as we revisit the impacts of oil to our natural resources and how NOAA responds to oil spills in this interview from April 2010 with Amy Merten from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. (23:43 minutes)

Natural Resource Restoration

Diving Deeper, Episode 31 — 15:49 minutes

March 24, 2011 — Learn how NOAA protects and restores natural resources injured by oil spills and hazardous waste sites in this interview with Tom Brosnan from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. 

Deepwater Horizon Response and Restoration

Making Waves, Episode 57 — 13:48 minutes

Aug. 5, 2010 — Join us for a talk with Doug Helton, Incident Operations Coordinator for the NOS Office of Response and Restoration, to learn about the critical role this office plays in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil Spill Response

Diving Deeper, Episode 21 — 22:42 minutes

April 7, 2010 — Oil spills can happen in our rivers, bays, and the ocean. Spills are often caused by accidents involving tankers, barges, pipelines, and refineries. These accidents usually occur when the oil is being transported to us. Learn more about oil spills and how NOAA responds to these events in this interview with Amy Merten from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. 

What are PCB's?

Diving Deeper, Episode 1119:54 minutes

June 17, 2009 — Learn about PCBs in this interview with Lisa DiPinto from the Office of Response and Restoration. The discussion highlights what PCBs are, why they are still a problem today in the environment, and what NOAA is doing to help. 

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 20th Anniversary Special

Making Waves, Episode 20 — 12:12 minutes

March 13, 2009 — Twenty years ago this month, nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into Alaska's Prince William Sound after the oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef. Join us in this special podcast as we talk with Dr. Alan Mearns, senior staff scientist with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration.

EcoZone Initiative; Record Year for Spill Clean-Up; Height Modernization

Making Waves, Episode 02 — 6:55 minutes

Nov. 6, 2008 — This week we look at the busiest year on record for the NOS Office of Response and Restoration, the NOAA office that responds to oil and chemical spills around the nation.