Environment & Natural Resources

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

For more than 25 years, Abt Associates’ staff have provided natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) support services to trustees and to our other clients within state and federal government agencies, including Canadian and European governments, nongovernmental agencies, and First Nation and Native American communities.

Locations where Abt staff have provided NRDA support to trustees..
Our staff have assisted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other natural resource trustees with scientific, economic, legal, and strategic support on more than one hundred NRDA cases at sites ranging from small mine sites to major oil spills – including the Deepwater Horizon spill – to the largest Superfund sites in the country.
We are intimately familiar with the requirements of litigation work and have worked closely with trustees and case attorneys in preparing and presenting cases at trial. We also provide trustees with support during cooperative assessments with responsible parties, including expedited and focused restoration planning that can quickly lead to settlement.
Our damage assessment practice is built on the unparalleled wealth of experience of our senior leadership. Staff have authored portions of existing federal NRDA regulations and guidance, have conducted NRDAs under virtually all applicable statutory authorities, and are regular speakers and instructors at NRDA training seminars.
Natural resource restoration aims to restore the function, integrity, and sustainability of ecosystems and is often implemented to counteract habitat loss and degradation resulting from human activities. We at Abt work with our clients to identify overall restoration project goals and to develop projects that meet those goals. We work with natural processes to achieve biologically and ecologically sound and sustainable solutions.
We strive to integrate public policy and constituency concerns to help ensure community support because environmental restoration projects often are conducted to compensate for losses or degradation of public resources.
We also work with our clients to design restoration projects that:
  • Address specific ecological and human use services;
  • Are based on principles of ecological integrity and long-term sustainability;
  • Are supported by relevant government agencies and the public;
  • Incorporate an attractive and professional project design;
  • Comply with all relevant environmental regulations and permitting requirements; and
  • Use efficient and cost-effective construction techniques.
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