The Cross-Trustee Implementation Group (Cross-TIG) Monitoring and Adaptive Management (MAM) work group was established by the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council to meet the monitoring and adaptive management obligations described in the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Trustee Council Standard Operating Procedures. On behalf of DOI, USGS co-leads the Cross-TIG MAM in conjunction with NOAA and a state Trustee (rotated annually among the Gulf states, currently Florida). The work group consists of one primary and one alternate representative with technical expertise from each of the nine Trustee Council members.
Objectives of the Cross-TIG MAM:
After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal and state agencies including the Department of Commerce (NOAA), the Department of the Interior (represented by FWS, BLM, and NPS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the five Gulf States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, formed a Trustee Council and began working together to collectively assess the injury caused by the spill and to select the appropriate restoration measures to compensate the public for the injury to and lost use of the resources each of the Trustees hold in trust for the public. In pursuit of the damage claim, the Trustees divided its responsibilities into two parallel actions: development of an injury assessment and implementation of Early Restoration funded by up to $1 billion made available from BP to quickly initiate restoration. On April 4, 2016, the Trustees reached a settlement with BP resolving their liability for natural resource injuries from the oil spill. Under this settlement, called the Consent Decree, BP will pay a Clean Water Act civil penalty of $5.5 billion (plus interest), $8.1 billion in natural resource damages (this includes the $1 billion already committed by BP to pay for early restoration), up to an additional $700 million (some of which is in the form of accrued interest) for adaptive management, or to address injuries to natural resources that are presently unknown but may come to light in the future, and $600 million for other claims, including claims under the False Claims Act, royalties, and reimbursement of natural resource damage assessment costs and other expenses due to this incident.
The Trustees are responsible for providing “a comprehensive restoration plan that restores the range of habitats, resources, and services injured by the spill by allocating restoration funds using an integrated restoration portfolio across Restoration Types and locations.” The goals for the NRDA restoration are to:
The Trustees also identified Restoration Types that are nested within each of the programmatic goals and could be used to develop procedures for selecting and implementing restoration projects. These Restoration Types include:
As directed by the Trustee Council, the Cross-TIG MAM work group will help fulfill the following MAM responsibilities:
As directed by the Trustee Council, the Cross-TIG MAM work group: