Environmental/Natural Resources

Environmental/Natural Resources

Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council. August 2010 – June 2011. Served as facilitator and process consultant for the Trustee Council responsible for conducting and implementing natural resource damage restoration (NRDA) in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident. The Trustee Council is comprised of representatives from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and the DOI, NOAA, and DOD. The Council is charged under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) with identifying injuries to natural resources and services resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident, providing for the return of injured natural resources and services to baseline conditions and securing compensation for interim lost services, and encouraging and facilitating public involvement in the restoration process. The NRDA procedure is a cooperative science based legal process, and will conclude with implementation of a Final Restoration Plan. The FCRC assisted the Trustee Council to achieve a One Billion Dollar early restoration settlement, the largest settlement in NRDA history.

Deepwater BP Oil Spill Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) NOAA. March – May 2011. Facilitated and moderated public scoping meetings in Florida, Alabama and Texas to solicit public comments regarding ideas for broad restoration types that should be considered for compensating the public for resources injured and lost human use of the resources as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Trustees are preparing a PEIS to look at a range of restoration types that could be used to compensate the public for the resources exposed to oil and ultimately determined to have been injured. The final PEIS will serve as a comprehensive scientific planning and organizational tool for fulfilling legal mandates and developing and evaluating the impacts of specific restoration activities.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Deepwater BP Oil Spill Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). March – May 2011. Facilitated and moderated public scoping meetings in Florida to solicit public comments regarding ideas for broad restoration types that should be considered for compensating the public for resources injured and lost human use of the resources as a result of the DWH oil spill disaster. The Trustees are preparing a PEIS to look at a range of restoration types that could be used to compensate the public for the resources exposed to oil and ultimately determined to have been injured. The final PEIS will serve as a comprehensive scientific planning and organizational tool for fulfilling legal mandates and developing and evaluating the impacts of specific restoration activities.

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Public Workshop. April 2009. Facilitated public workshop for the United States Department of Interior (DOI) South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force’s Science Coordination Group and Working Group regarding providing managers, scientists, engineers and the public with an opportunity to informally discuss new insights into the advances in understanding of the South Florida Ecosystem and restoration in plain non-technical language. Participants were asked to identify key ecological and hydrological science insights and new points regarding what has been learned over the past decade relative to Everglades restoration science.

Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study. 2001. Facilitated topical break-out group and plenary discussion and comment session.

Florida Manatee Summit. 2000. Co-facilitated and designed Summit convened by Governor Bush for enhancing protection of Florida’s manatee population.

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