Thursday's Gumbo: Our Thoughts Are With Those Impacted by Last Night's Tornadoes

John Wathen, Hurricane Creekkeeper, in Tuscaloosa, AL survived the deadly tornadoes that hit seven states last night. John lost his Creekkeeper office and most of his camera equipment. If you have followed the work of the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers, you know John's work. Over the past year, John has worked tirelessly to photograph and videograph the continuing BP oil disaster. You can see some of this wonderful and informative photos here.

John woke this morning ready to start the recovery process of his own community. Derrick Evens from Gulf Coast Fund drove through the night to make sure John was ok. Derrick found that the road leading to John's house had already been portially chain sawed through the fallen trees. Mike Roberts from the Louisiana Bayoukeeper is on his way with initial supplies to help clear away the debris around John's home.

The Waterkeeper Alliance has created a Hurricane Creekkeeper Tornado Disaster Recovery Fund. Please consider donating so that John can begin to recover from this disaster. Please chose "Hurricane Creekkeeper Tornado Disaster Recovery Fund under Gift Designation.

This Thursday's Gumbo Ingredients:

Media Links:  This week we have seen a number of media articles focused on what impacts on the Gulf coast are we still seeing from the BP oil disaster.

Gulf Coast Public Health Crisis: Save Our Gulf is circulating a sign On letter to Adminstrator Jackson and Secretary Sebelius for a Public Health Task Force to address and find solutions to the growing health crisis on the Gulf coast. If your group would like to sign on, send an email to Renee Blanchard at rblanchard(at)

The US Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting an Environmental Justice (EJ)  Listening Session on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 1:30 -4:30 pm at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL.

Emerald Coastkeeper: Chasidy is attending the SETAC conference this week.  The meeting includes a diverse group of oil spill assessors and responders and is charged with promoting scientific discourse about oil spill prevention and response. Read Chasidy's latest blog on not sending medicine down the drain.

Mobile Baykeeper: This Saturday April 30, Casi Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper's Executive Director, will be speaking at a League of Women Voters event called Ethics Reform and Oil Spill Recovery at the Hampton Inn on Royal Street in Mobile. AL.

LEAN & Louisiana Mississippi Riverkeeper: LEAN, the parent organization of Lower MIssissippi Riverkeeper, helped to push EPA to propose new emission standards on PVC plants.

Apalachicola Riverkeeper: Dan shares a new video from Apalachicola Riverkeeper.

Galveston Baykeeper: Charlotte was quoted in a Business Week article last week about the confusion of seafood safety given the amount of unknown lingering impacts of the BP oil disaster. 

Heather, GBK's new program director, is working to save our freshwater wetlands!  This week she trained her fourth group of Galveston Bay Area Wetland Watchers, received four reports from volunteers, reported four sites to the United States Army Corps of Engineers and one to the Environmental Protection Agency.  She'll finish the week by meeting with US Fish and Wildlife to collaborate and asses how GBK can assist in protecting valuable wetland habitat in and around Galveston Bay.

Louisiana Bayoukeeper: Tracy was quoted in a Courthouse News Service article during an event with fishermen last Wednesday’s one year memorial of the BP oil disaster.

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper Stands up for Gulf Coast Waterkeepers and his own community.

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