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An Interagency Response to Assess Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Katrina. Russell Callender January 18, 2006. Director, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment NOAA Ocean Service. Hurricane Effects in an Ecosystem Context. Pollution Issues Subject to Sampling.

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An interagency response to assess environmental impacts of hurricane katrina

An Interagency Response to Assess Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Katrina

Russell Callender

January 18, 2006

  • Director, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment

  • NOAA Ocean Service


Hurricane effects in an ecosystem context

Hurricane Effects in an Ecosystem Context


Pollution issues subject to sampling

Pollution Issues Subject to Sampling

  • Hydrocarbon releases along the lower Mississippi River and from sunken vessels

  • Toxics and pathogens from pumping out New Orleans

  • Large numbers of sunken vessels inshore of Mississippi Sound

  • Contents of storm surge waters

  • Offshore releases


An interagency response to assess environmental impacts of hurricane katrina

Hydrocarbon Releases Requiring Response


Evaluating potential environmental impacts on living marine resources and people

Evaluating Potential Environmental Impacts on Living Marine Resources and People

  • NOAA Cruises and Related Sampling

  • EPA, USGS, NOAA, FDA OSV Bold Cruise and Related Sampling

  • NOAA National Status and Trends Program (NS&T) Mussel Watch Contaminant Monitoring


An interagency response to assess environmental impacts of hurricane katrina

Joint NOAA Cruises and Related Sampling – OAR, NMFS, and NOS Response Aboard the RV Nancy Foster

NOAA Ship NANCY FOSTER

Cruise 9/12-9/16 2005

Cruise 9/26-10/3

Sample:

Water

Sediments

Fish/Shrimp/Crabs

For:

Toxic Contaminants

Metals

Hydrocarbons

Pesticides

Etc.

Pathogens

Bacteria

Viruses

Gear:

CTD

Rosette Sampler

Bottom Grabs

Fish/Shrimp Trawls

Phytoplankton

CCMA-NOS

Science Personnel from Miami (OAR), Seattle (NMFS),

Pascagoula (NMFS), Woods Hole (NMFS)


An interagency response to assess environmental impacts of hurricane katrina

Stations Sampled by the Nancy Foster


Chartered fishing vessel sampling

Chartered Fishing Vessel Sampling

Bi-weekly sampling underway


An interagency response to assess environmental impacts of hurricane katrina

Assessment of the Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Coastal Ecosystems –OSV Bold


Noaa national status and trends program ns t mussel watch project contaminant monitoring

NOAA National Status and Trends Program (NS&T) Mussel Watch Project Contaminant Monitoring

120 Contaminants

Measured in American Oyster


An interagency response to assess environmental impacts of hurricane katrina

Chlorophyll a SEAWIFS SatelliteSeptember 26, 2005


Ongoing noaa operations studies

Ongoing NOAA Operations & Studies

  • Sustained Operations for contaminants monitoring – cruise biweekly with other sampling as appropriate, NANCY FOSTER, PATRICIA JEAN

  • Mussel Watch stations re-sampled

  • EMAP stations sampled in NOAA & EPA cruise, EPA R/V Bold

  • Hydrodynamic models being run to forecast materials distribution and to direct sampling

  • Wetlands loss analysis being undertaken

  • Re-assessment of community profiles, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, west coast of Florida

  • Monitoring of SEAWiFS and shipboard samples for potential HAB outbreaks resulting from Karenia brevis (long lasting HAB off West Florida)

  • Continuing coordination of activities with COE, USGS, EPA, FDA, NSF, State Directors and Agencies

  • Website: www.noaa.gov – “Hurricane Katrina Environmental Impacts”


Summary

SUMMARY

  • Interagency coordination allowed a more complete and rapid environmental impact assessment of GOM hurricane impacts than would have otherwise been possible

  • Interagency partnerships developed through this effort have been extremely productive and will continue

    • EPA is leading the effort to develop a shared database

    • Regular interagency phone calls that share data and initial results are extremely productive

  • New results are made available on Agency websites as analyses are completed

  • Recommend interagency data synthesis in future to determine ecosystem level impacts.


Agency partners and points of contact

Agency Partners and Points of Contact

  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    • Dr. William H. Benson

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    • Dr. Steve Murawski

  • US Geological Survey (USGS)

    • Donna Meyers

  • US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    • Dr. Robert Dickey


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