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Sara Gonzalez-Rothi Kronenthal is the Senior Policy Specialist for Gulf and Coastal Restoration. In that role, she works on restoration of the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River Delta, the Everglades, post-Sandy recovery, and various other coast and floodplains issues. In her former role as Legislative Counsel for Senator Bill Nelson, Sara was a key staffer in drafting and negotiating the RESTORE Act. She was also very involved in Everglades restoration, Army Corps of Engineers issues related to the Apalachicola-Chatahoochee-Flint River basin, Clean Water Act standards to limit nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in Florida surface waters, agriculture policy, ocean and fisheries issues. A Florida native, Sara attended the University of Florida and University of Miami law school, and is expected to complete an LL.M. in environmental law from the George Washington University in 2014.
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The BP Trial-What’s at Stake for the Gulf in Phase 2?

9/30/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

If it seems like BP has aggressively shirked responsibility for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster since the day the rig exploded, it’s because the company has been doing just that. Today, BP takes its full-court press back to federal […] Read more >

Lake Erie Sunset. Photo by Flickr user Jesiehart.

Great Lakes Fish Say “Go Plastic Free” in July: 6 Tips

6/27/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

In the final days of June, the heat is on. During these dog-days of summer, many folks will take the opportunity to cool off in a nearby swimmin’ hole. Americans value clean rivers, lakes, and reservoirs—83% worry a “fair amount” […] Read more >

Birds flying over Cat Island. Photo by Sara

Paradise Found: 3 Reasons to Restore the Gulf

6/21/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

The Gulf Coast is a real-life paradise. Its denizens enjoy mild weather, great seafood, sea-view sunsets and award-winning beaches. As the saying goes, though, “Every rose has its thorns.” For Gulf Coast-ers who call it home, the region isn’t without danger. Residents […] Read more >

Taken by Sara Gonzalez-Rothi Kronenthal, NWF

The Senate and the Sea

6/7/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) fittingly represents the Ocean State in the United States Senate. At Capitol Hill Oceans Week Sen. Whitehouse had this to say: “The oceans can do a lot of things, but they can’t speak for themselves.” This week, conservation champions […] Read more >

Marine Foraminifera by Flickr user Pali Nalu

Deepwater Horizon: The Disaster That Keeps on Harming

4/11/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

The devastating (but not wholly unexpected) results of a University of South Florida (USF) study suggest the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is ongoing in the Gulf of Mexico. Foraminifera — microscopic organisms that are the bread and butter of clam and seaworm diets — […] Read more >

Urubamba Hydro Plant

Peru Stands up to Big Oil. Will U.S. and Ecuador?

3/26/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

Last year my husband and I honeymooned in Machu Picchu, Peru. In Quechua — the language spoken by the Inca who built the city — Machu Picchu means “Old Mountain.” Many human hands have touched this architectural and spiritual marvel, […] Read more >

Rally to Hold BP Accountable

Memo to BP: End the Blame Game, Restore the Gulf

3/18/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

It took BP 87 days to cap the well gushing from a mile beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, in an area known as the Macondo prospect. For months, BP shirked responsibility, hiding the flow-rate from government officials, shareholders and the […] Read more >

Anchor-handling tugboats battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

For Gulf Restoration, Every Dollar Counts

3/7/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

This weekend I had the opportunity to discuss what BP might face at trial for the Gulf oil disaster with some eloquent thought leaders, including Tulane political science professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry. We discussed the continuing “unusual mortality event” […] Read more >

An oiled brown pelican floats in the Gulf during the height of the 2010 oil spill. Photo credit:  Louisiana Governor's office.

BP’s Gulf Oil Spill Trial 101: A Primer

3/1/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

This week was the start of the Deepwater Horizon disaster trial. Remember the start of the disaster itself? Initially, BP was downplaying, denying, and hiding the awful truth: that crude oil, natural gas, and methane hydrates were gushing into one […] Read more >