OR&R: What You Need to Know
We're all familiar with R&R, though most of us don't take nearly enough of it these days. But how familiar are you with OR&R? It's not simply an exclamation of the need for rest and relaxation, but the need for restoration. These initials actually stand for Office of Response and Restoration. OR&R is the center of expertise of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that prepares for, evaluates, and responds to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris. To fulfill its protective mission, the OR&R:
- Provides scientific and technical support to prepare for and respond to oil and chemical spills;
- Determines damage to natural resources from these spills;
- Protects and restores marine and coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs;
- Works with communities to address critical local and regional coastal challenges.