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Natural resource damage assessment and restoration

Onondaga Lake, Syracuse, NY

OBG has more than 30 years of experience evaluating the effects of chemical and petroleum releases, including natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), for a variety of state and federal regulatory programs at more than 100 sites across the U.S. 

Through this experience, OBG has developed a variety of techniques to minimize the potential for (and implications of) natural resource damage (NRD) claims and established relationships with state, federal, and tribal trustees that have streamlined the NRD negotiation process. 

OBG experts lead natural resource damage assessments (NRDA) during an emergency response or at a contaminated site from the initial response and injury assessment through restoration implementation. 

Some of the sites OBG has supported include: Athos I oil spill; Sunoco’s Eagle Point Refinery; Tigani tanker spill; ConocoPhillips’ Wood River Refinery; Passaic River; Onondaga Lake Superfund Site; Galaxy/Spectron Superfund Site; Sullivan’s Ledge Superfund Site; PSC Resources Site; Motiva’s Bayou Trepagnier; Patrick Air Force Base; Cape Canaveral Air Station; Kalamazoo River Superfund site; and Tittabawassee River.

Meet our team:

Denise Kay, PhD
NRDA and Toxicology

Denise, Technical Director for toxicology at OBG, has extensive experience with injury assessment and trustee negotiation. Her applied project knowledge with organic and inorganic contaminant investigations in aquatic and terrestrial environments informs rapid initial assessments and efficient information gathering. Denise has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed published journal articles on topics of wildlife chemical exposure, food-chain transfer, environmental toxicology, contaminant absorption, and bioavailability, which support her abilities as a credible scientific client advocate in NRD communications and negotiations.

A pragmatic approach for establishing a baseline for natural resource damages

Lyle Trumbull, PhD
Emergency Response and Risk Assessment

Lyle is an emergency response and risk assessment expert at OBG and a practical ecologist with more than 30 years of experience in academics, government, industry, and consulting. Lyle serves OBG clients as the primary technical consultant on human health and ecological risk assessments and has participated in the Planning Section for more 30 drills and events. He was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation for his service in the Environmental Unit during the six-month response to the Athos I release where he was responsible for developing booming strategies, permitting response activities, and facilitating Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations during the MC252 response. Previously, Lyle worked as a biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and emergency response specialist for Royal Dutch Shell.

Improving New York’s response capabilities for crude oil transportation incidents

Tony Eallonardo, PhD

Tony is a plant ecologist and expert in the restoration and remediation of natural and anthropogenic ecosystems. He has managed a wide range of projects, from ecological restoration in postindustrial environments to large river systems. Tony leads OBG's natural resources and restoration efforts for the Onondaga Lake Superfund cleanup program in Syracuse, NY—one of the largest and most complex programs in the nation. As part of this project, he directed the ecological restoration design and implementation of the Onondaga lake Western Shoreline project, which received a diamond award from ACEC New York, and became an advisory board member of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps. Over his career, Tony has received the SUNY-ESF Maurice Alexander Wetland Research Award, EPA STAR Fellowship, and OBG’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

Sustainable remediation incorporating ecological restoration