From top to bottom: Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmiere; Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Dean Wilson; Emerald Coastkeeper Chasidy Hobbs; Galveston Baykeeper Charlotte Wells; Louisiana Bayoukeeper Tracy Kuhns; Lower Mississippi Rivekeeper Paul Orr; Mobile Baykeeper Casi Callaway; Save Our Gulf Photographer and Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen (center).
Training classes set for Gulf oil spill volunteers
By Casandra Andrews
May 26, 2010, 5:00AM
As you all well know, many of our Waterkeepers throughout the world are impacted by a variety of issues every single day. It is not as common, however, for a half-dozen of them to be impacted by the same issue all at once.
The recent BP oil disaster has caused all of our Gulf Waterkeepers to ban together in a way that makes me so incredibly proud to be a part of this movement.
After spending two hours analyzing underwater video of the BP oil spill, Steve Wereley, a Purdue University professor, has calculated the leak to be between 56,000 to 84,000 barrels of oil per day (versus BP's proclaimed estimate of 5,000 barrels a day). ** 70,000 barrels is equal to roughly 2.8 million gallons. **
CNN interviews Wereley and reveals the astonishing calculations...
According to consultants working for BP, the best thing we can do right now to prepare for oil making landfall is to clean up the shorelines. The less garbage and debris on shorelines the easier they are to clean up. We know the weather is not going to be friendly, but if you can get to your favorite shoreline today or tomorrow you can help speed up the clean up process.
DO NOT remove any live plants. Simply remove any garbage, large shells, drift wood, etc. Debris should be removed to the extent that wave and tides can reach.