Minds Behind OR&R: Meet California’s Marine Debris Regional Coordinator Sherry Lippiatt

Posted Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:14
By Alyssa Dillon, Office of Response and Restoration

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s featured scientist is Sherry Lippiatt, the California regional coordinator for OR&R’s Marine Debris Program.

When is the Atlantic Hurricane Season?
By Charlie Henry, Office of Response and Restoration
alyssa.dillon Fri, 05/10/2019 - 15:27

“When is hurricane season?”

That question was posed by Ernesto Morales with the NOAA Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in San Juan, Puerto Rico at a recent preparedness workshop. Officially, the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from the first day of June through the last day of November each year – but Ernesto wasn’t looking for the official response.

Incident Responses for April 2019

Posted Tue, 05/07/2019 - 15:49

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries, and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment.

This month OR&R responded to 15 incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and two gray whale carcasses.

The North American Satellite Tracking of Pollution (NASTOP) Program: A Canada-U.S. Collaborative Effort for Marine Oil Spill Detection and Monitoring Capabilities

Posted Wed, 05/01/2019 - 18:02

MAY 2, 2019 — On this day, one year ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its counterpart in the north, Environment and Climate Change Canada, worked together to create the North American Satellite Tracking of Pollution (NASTOP) Program to bolster our shared capacity to respond to marine pollution events.

‘There is Nothing Gained by the Second Kick of a Mule’ and Failure to Prepare for Disasters

Posted Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:19
By Charlie Henry, Office of Response and Restoration

Preparing for a disaster isn’t that different from preparing for a sporting event or just about any activity in which planning benefits from past experience. We learn from past events and apply that knowledge to future events — or we at least like to believe that we truly do learn and make better future decisions from experience.

How to Reduce Your Oil Consumption, Without Ditching Your Car

Posted Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:11
By Alyssa Gray, Office of Response and Restoration

At NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, we respond to oil spills both big and small — from the millions of barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to spills of a few barrels released from minor vessel accidents that happen every month. But oil is entering America’s coasts and waterways on a daily basis through another means of pollution — oil runoff.

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Putting the 'PREP' in Preparedness: An Exercise to Improve Oil Spill Response in Alaska

Posted Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:07
By Catherine Berg, Office of Response and Restoration

Spill response exercises and frequent training opportunities are integral to the overall preparedness efforts for OR&R, NOAA, and our partners in both industry and the government. Some exercises are even required by law to ensure all parties are prepared for an oil spill. All vessels over 400 gross tons — which includes almost all ocean-going vessels and large fishing vessels — are required to have a vessel response plan. Per the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, vessels are also required to meet federal oil pollution response exercise requirements.

Happy National Siblings Day from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration

Posted Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:27
By Megan Ewald, Office of Response and Restoration

It’s time to snuggle up with your littermate and let them know how much you love them - April 10 is National Siblings Day! It’s a time to celebrate those who have known you since before you were hatched. Nobody understands you better than your siblings.

Here at NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration we’d like to celebrate two siblings in particular: Response and her sister Restoration. These siblings work together to respond to pollution disasters and guide clean up, and restore the environment after the event.