NOAA launched www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov to better keep the public informed about the NRDA and restoration of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The site includes the latest BP oil spill news from NOAA, a simple explanation of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process, information about the spill and affected resources, NOAA's involvement to date and plans for restoration, easy-to-understand fact sheets, and ways for the public to get involved, including signing up for an e-mail list and attending public meetings. As the NRDA process unfolds, the site will serve as the repository for case documents and source for public meeting dates and future restoration plans.
As of Thursday, July 8, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Resource Trustees agreed to publicly post NRDA 'Pre-assessment' science data once it is collected, analyzed, and properly quality checked, following the U.S. government's existing Information Quality Act. Releasing NRDA 'Pre-assessment' science data is rarely done in the NRDA process, but it was decided in the interest of transparency, and because of the heightened interest in this particular spill, that this information would be made public.
NOAA Gordon Gunter