Office of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Damage Assessment and Restoration
About NOAA Fisheries' EVOS Office
On March 24, 1989 the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil across 1,300 miles of coastline - a catastrophic event that lead to one of the most thorough examinations of the effects of oil on the environment. While the vast majority of the spill area now appears to have recovered, pockets of crude oil remain in some locations, and there is evidence that some damage is continuing.
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustee Council was established with funds from the legal settlement between the State of Alaska, the Federal Government and Exxon to develop research, restoration and habitat conservation plans for the spill area. The NMFS Alaska Regional Administrator represents NOAA on the Council and oversees the NMFS Office of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Damage Assessment and Restoration. The EVOS office administers projects carried out by NMFS researchers and outside contractors, and facilitates research planning and coordination between EVOS projects and other programs.
Research and Restoration
Research and Restoration Project Information
- Project Details and History
- Current Research and Restoration Projects
- Status of Injured Resources
- Restoration Program
- Alaska Fisheries Science Center Spill Research
Environmental Impact Statement
- 75 FR 3706, January 22, 2010. Notice of intent to prepare a supplement to the existing environmental impact statement on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council's restoration efforts, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Comment period through April 1, 2010.
- Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Plan, September 1994, (22 MB)
- Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Plan, November 1994
- EVOS Trustee Council Annual Reports
- Long-Term Ecosystem Response to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Charles H. Peterson, Stanley D. Rice, Jeffrey W. Short, Daniel Esler, James L.Bodkin, Brenda E. Ballachey, and David B.Irons. Science, 2003 December 19; 302: 2082-2086.
- Prince William Sound Oiled Shoreline Survey
- Post Settlement (1991) Oil Publications
- Funding Opportunity for Communities Affected by Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
- Invitation for Proposals. The Trustee Council uses an annual cycle of soliciting proposals to help assess and restore species and services impactd by the 1989 oil spill. As established by the 1994 restoration plan, this is an adaptive process where by results from previous years are evaluated with respect to recovery goals and used to help inform the soliciatation of project in subsequent years. The Trustee council will announce the next invitation on this website and through email distribution.
- Other funding opportunites for marine research in Alaska:
- United States and the State of Alaska Seeking Additional Funds from ExxonMobil for Continuing Natural Resource Damages Caused by 1989 Oil Spill
- Fact Sheet: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Reopener Provision Joint Federal and State Restoration Plan Under the Reopener for Unknown Injury Provision of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Settlement Agreement
- Comprehensive Plan for Habitat Restoration Projects Pursuant to Reopener for Unknown Injury
General Oil Spill Information
- Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Facts
- EVOS Photographs
- EVOS Trustee Council
- Prince William Sound Spill Prevention and Response
- NOAA Oil Spill Response and Restoration
Civil Settlement Documents
- Civil Action No. A91-081
- Civil Action No. A91-082
- Memorandum of Agreement between the State of Alaska and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, 1992.
- Memorandum of Agreemement between the State of Alaska and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, 1993.
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