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Port Angeles Harbor Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council

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In 2012, Federal, State, and Tribal entities with natural resource trust authority within Port Angeles Harbor formed the Port Angeles Harbor Trustee Council (Trustee Council). The Port Angeles Harbor Natural Resource Trustees are:

The Trustee Council Memorandum of Agreement describes the procedures governing the Trustee Council.

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees

When releases of oil or other hazardous substances injure natural resources, entities that hold natural resources in trust for the public, also known as natural resource Trustees, can conduct a NRDA. Federal laws, such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), and other state laws, such as the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), empower trustees to perform a NRDA.

The NRDA Process

The NRDA process evaluates natural resource injuries that may be due to releases of oil or other hazardous substances.

The NRDA process also determines what activities will:

  • Restore, replace, or acquire natural resources equivalent to the resources injured.
  • Compensate the public for the loss of injured natural resources. This can include restoration projects performed by parties responsible for the damages. Responsible parties can also pay monetary damages to the Trustees to be used for restoration projects.

More information about the NRDA process.

This page last updated December 13, 2016


Port Angeles,
Clallam County

Connie Groven,
(360) 407-6254