What is a Damage Assessment Plan?
A natural resource damage assessment plan identifies the approach to be used for conducting assessment activities. Trustees write a damage assessment plan to ensure that the assessment is performed in a planned and systematic manner and that the methodologies selected can be conducted at a reasonable cost.
The LANL Damage Assessment Plan
The LANL Damage Assessment Plan was finalized in 2014 and presents the assessment activities the LANL Natural Resource Trustees intend to conduct in order to assess injuries and service losses to natural resources in and around LANL, and to plan restoration of injured resources.
Assessment activities in the LANL Damage Assessment Plan include:
- Analysis of existing contaminant concentration data,
- Assessment of potential Pueblo losses,
- Terrestrial, aquatic, geological, and groundwater analyses, and
- Efforts to identify and scale restoration actions.
Implementation of the LANL Damage Assessment Plan
The LANL Natural Resource Trustees have started to implement the LANL Damage Assessment Plan. The LANL Natural Resource Trustees began by prioritizing an initial set of assessment activities. These assessment activities include:
- An evaluation of the various options for treating non-detect samples in the LANL NRDA. The Trustees finalized a report from this assessment activity, which is available here.
- An evaluation of the available ecotoxicity information for a suite of contaminants of ecological concern at LANL.
- An evaluation of existing ecological contaminant concentration data, LANL terrestrial, aquatic, and geologic information, and related environmental data.
- An evaluation of groundwater contaminant concentration and related data and an evaluation of groundwater baseline conditions and services.