APRIL 20, 2018 — From April 17 - 19, state and federal Natural Resource Trustees came to together for the biannual Texas Trustee Summit in New Braunfels, Texas, hosted by The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
OR&R Senior Scientist, Lisa DiPinto, presented the highlights from the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), including a summary of the results and of continuing efforts to conduct research that will inform future responses and assessment. Other topics presented on at the summit included an overview of NOAA’s work on developing nearshore NRDA guidance for the Southeast Region by Liza Hernandez (OR&R Assessment and Restoration Division) and an overview of recent work in queue for publication on restoration scaling and trophic transfer by Kris Benson (NOAA Restoration Center). The biannual summit provides an opportunity for training and information exchange amongst the Texas Trustees as well as a time to discuss efforts on the numerous Texas cases. Other summit participants included representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and the Texas Attorney General’s Office (TX AG). NOAA will host the fall summit scheduled for October 16 - 18.