Waterkeeper Updates

Protecting the Health of Fishermen Performing Cleanup Activities

Fishing Boat Rigged with Oil BoomLouisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper (LMRK) have been working to protect the health of the fishermen who are working to address the crude oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the estuaries and wetlands in the coastal areas.

Field Observer Training Update 6/8/2010

We held the first four volunteer field observer trainings this past week and now have 137 volunteers out on the water acting as the eyes and ears for our coast. We know you join the COAST team in thanking these volunteers who are giving their time and energy to protecting our shoreline.

We are taking next week to regroup and reassess the Volunteer Field Observer Program in the wake of oil impacts on Alabama shores but do anticipate holding additional trainings beginning the week of June 14th. We will keep you posted about dates and times.

Waterkeepers On the Front Lines of the Gulf Oil Disaster

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).

Volunteer Field Observer trainings set

Training classes set for Gulf oil spill volunteers
By Casandra Andrews
May 26, 2010, 5:00AM

Louisiana Bayoukeeper Finds Sludge on Beach

Louisiana Bayoukeeper finds deep sludge-like oil on an uninhabited island...

Oil Has Hit the Louisiana Shore

Watch this video from CNN of oil hiting the Louisiana Shore.

Shocking Story by 60 Minutes

60 minutes recently aired this moving story about the devastating BP oil disaster. We highly recommend you watch it...

Louisiana Bayoukeeper Featured on TIME

Tracy Kuhns, our Louisiana Bayoukeeper, was recently feautured, alongside her husband, on TIME.com.  Tracy is one of the 5 Waterkeepers located in the direct impact zone of the BP oil disaster.

Hurricane Creekkeeper's Video Featured Around the World

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.

Estimates Show Oil Leaking at 70,000 Barrels a Day

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...

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