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Toxics Cleanup Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR)

Ecology cares about cleaning up and restoring natural habitats across the state. Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) is one tool Ecology and other natural resource trustees use to restore, recover or protect habitats that have been injured by contaminants.  NRDAR projects restore natural resources that have been injured due to the release of hazardous substances.  NRDAR projects also compensate for the interim loss of natural resources while they were injured.

Hanford Trustee Council (Federal) Port Angles Trustee Council Scott Paper Anacortes Settlement Port Gardner Trustee Council Tulalip Landfill Trustee Council Port Gamble Trustee Council Wyckoff Eagle Harbor Settlement Elliott Bay Trustee Council Commencement Bay Trustee Council ASARCO Tacoma Settlement BNSF Skykomish Settlement (Pending) Holden Mine Trustee Council Upper Columbia River Trustee Council Map of Washington State NRDAR Locations

In most NRDAR settlements, a liable party has voluntarily done a restoration project to resolve its liability for a potential NRDAR claim.  These projects are sometimes done together with cleanup to provide cost savings.  Typical restoration projects might include creating or improving nearshore or river habitat.  These restoration projects may be completed by the liable party, the Trustee Council, or a third party using funds from the liable party.

NRDAR settlements for toxics cleanup sites have created or contributed to:

  • 225 acres of completed habitat improvements.
  • Over 400 acres of habitat improvements that are in planning or under construction.
  • More than 275 acres of habitat acquired and protected.
  • Outreach and education projects.
  • Other shoreline and water quality improvements.

For more information about NRDAR or individual restoration projects, see the bar on the left column of this page.

NRDAR logo:  "Focus Resource Recovery"


NRDAR Focus Sheet - March 2014

NRDAR Coordination:
Donna Podger
(360) 407- 7016

Ecology NRDAR Contacts

Please visit this website often. It reflects the comprehensive work that is currently being done and work that is being planned. New links will be added as available.

Information on a NRDAR location can be viewed by  clicking on the  green circles within the map at left.