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25 Years Later: Timeline of Recovery from Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Twenty-five years after what used to be the largest oil spill in U.S. waters, we show the timeline of recovery for marine life and habitats following the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Above is a timeline showing when natural resources appear to be recovered, as determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA made this determination with data taken from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council's 2010 Update on Injured Resources and Services (, U.S. Geological Survey, and NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. This infographic was produced by NOAA.

Read a report by Gary Shigenaka summarizing information about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and response along with NOAA's role and research on its recovery over the past 25 years.

Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:45pm PST