Transportation accidents, poor adherence to regulations, natural disasters influenced by climate change, and gross human negligence can lead to contamination of the environment. Regardless of the cause, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) requirements address the extent of damages to natural resources and provide a means of compensating for their loss or impairment. NADAR provisions are part of permitted recovery for releases of oil or hazardous substances into the environment. Responsible parties can be sued for the costs of remediating the pollution and be held responsible for the damage to natural resource once the public health and environmental threat has ceased. Funding from legal settlements with the parties responsible for the pollution can be used for land protection or restoration work. Speakers will present and overview of the program and examples from national and local land trusts that have deployed NRDAR funds on projects for land protection and restoration. Since NRDAR settlements can vary in size from thousands to millions of dollars (even billions, in the case of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico) restoration projects also vary widely. One size doesn't fit all, but the tips and information provided in this session will provide land trust professionals with ideas, options to explore, and how NRDAR settlements can help accomplish strategic conservation goals.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center