Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: Defer
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: This proposal directly addresses the question of the persistence of oil on armored gravel beaches outside of PWS 15 years after the spill. This survey has been carried out several times at various intervals after the spill. It is important to extend this study one more time to understand the larger geographic picture of oil persistence subsurface in beaches long after the floating oil and oil on beaches has disappeared from view. The extent and degree of oil weathering are both addressed. The reviewer had some suggestions for changes in the proposed work, particularly in the area of geomorphology, which should be addressed before the work is carried out in FY 04. The work also needs to be coordinated with and made consistent with shoreline mapping efforts. Defer contingent on publication of results of past studies and receipt of revised proposal addressing peer reviewer concerns and the recommendation of the November 2003 work shop on lingering oil.
Science Director Recommendation: (Not Available)
Science Director Comments: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Defer
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Defer
Executive Director Comments: The specific requirements for further work on lingering oil need to be further developed during a workshop to be conducted in November 2003, and publication of results of past work in this area are needed before this project can proceed.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: Fund contingent on submittal of overdue report 030656/ Retrospective Analysis of Nearshore Marine Communities Based on Analysis of Archaeological Material and Isotopes. Approved at the November 10, 2003 TC meeting. Reports turned in, contingency removed.