WEST COAST — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) joined forces with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore habitat damaged by hazardous waste releases and oil spills off the California coast, it was reported.
Both organizations agreed to a five-year partnership with a potential $1.5 million budget for habitat restoration. Additional funding could be added to the partnership to support similar projects in other areas.
“The multi-year partnership will help NOAA make major progress toward restoring areas impacted from the S.S. Jacob Luckenbach and M/T Command oil spills, and the Montrose hazardous waste site,” NOAA Fisheries staff said in a released statement. “Priority activities include restoring 37 acres of kelp forest and planning for restoration of a rocky reef at the Montrose site, essential habitats supporting a diversity of fish and marine life that are important components of commercial and recreational fisheries, and other recreational industries.”
NOAA, through its Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program, works to restore nature resources and allow habitats to return to its condition before the hazardous waste or oil spill event. The federal agency stated it has “more than $10 billion from those responsible for environmental harm to implement habitat restoration across the country.”
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