Natural Resource Damages Restoration Projects
After an NRD case is settled, a restoration plan is written to describe the specific restoration actions. These restoration plans are made available for review and comment by the public.
Restoration Plans in development
- BASF Restoration Plan (pdf 4.78 MB) This plan describes restoration projects for the BASF site in and around the Hudson River in Rensselaer County. Public comment on the plan is open until January 31, 2014.
Completed Restoration Plans
After a restoration plan is finalized implementation can begin. The following are final restoration plans:
- Sportfishing Restoration for the Lake Ontario System In June 2006, an NRD settlement of $12 million was reached between New York State and Occidental Chemical Corporation which compensated for the loss of recreational fishing opportunities in Lake Ontario over a 30 year period due to the release of harmful chemicals in the environment. The settlement was used to fund a restoration plan that will implement specific projects to restore and enhance recreational fishing and the fishery itself. After receiving restoration proposals from the public and considering public comment, DEC selected 42 distinct restoration projects: 25 to improve access, 14 to enhance habitat and resources, and 3 to promote fishing in the region. Restoration projects are being implemented in seven counties in northern and western New York. For more information, see the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Restoration Plan page.