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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

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 Hurricane KatrinaEcosystem Context


Pollution issues subject to sampling
Pollution Issues Subject to Sampling Hurricane Katrina

  • 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



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


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)


Stations Sampled by the Nancy Foster NOS Response Aboard the RV Nancy Foster


Chartered fishing vessel sampling
Chartered Fishing Vessel Sampling NOS Response Aboard the RV Nancy Foster

Bi-weekly sampling underway



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


Chlorophyll Project Contaminant Monitoringa SEAWIFS SatelliteSeptember 26, 2005


Ongoing noaa operations studies
Ongoing NOAA Operations & Studies Project Contaminant Monitoring

  • 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 Project Contaminant Monitoring

  • 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 Project Contaminant Monitoring

  • 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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