Waterkeeper Updates

26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

Gulf Islands National Seashore

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway 

Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

850-934-2600 Florida

228-875-9057 Mississippi 

National Park Service News Release       Contact: Gail Bishop

FDEP Restoration Guidelines

Beach Program Improvements: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

 
 

September 2011

 

International Coastal Clean-Up Day

In recognition of International Coastal Clean-up Day, the Ecosystem Restoration Section of the NW District Florida Department of Environmental Protection is coordinating a clean-up effort at Project GreenShores along Bayfront Parkway in downtown Pensacola on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 from 8:00am – 12:00pm.

Everyone will meet at Hawkshaw Lagoon Memorial, directly across the street from the Veterans Memorial, on Bayfront at 8 a.m. (East of 9th Ave./Bayfront intersection). Parking available along Romana St. or S. 9th Ave.

Update: ECUA Pipe Failure

From Jamie Rodgers, Emerald Coastkeeper

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines: A Resource for Action in Northwest Florida

Emerald Coastkeeper is joining with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, DEA, and the Pensacola Police Department to present the “Prescription Drug Round-Up.”

Gulf Monitoring Consotirum Update: New Oil Leaks in the Gulf

Below is a blog post from John Amos at our friends at SkyTruth. SkyTruth is one of the Waterkeeper Alliance's partners in the Gulf Monitoring Consortium. Over the past two weeks there have been many reports on a possible new leak at the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. SkyTruth, SouthWings, and Waterkeeper Alliance have been in daily coordination over this information.

New Update on Dispersants Used During BP Oil Disaster

Late last week Earthjustice and Toxipedia released the report "The Chaos of Clean Up" funded by Gulf Restoration Network and Florida Wildlife Federation. The report details the 57 ingrediants that make up the 1.8 million gallons of dispersants used during the BP oil disaster last summer. Of those ingrediants 5 are known to cause cancer.

New Oil Spills and New Reports

Next month the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers will be releasing a state of the gulf report. Besides updating everyone on what has happened since the Macondo well was capped and the media disappeared, we will also release a summary of tissue, sediment, and water samples from Louisiana to Florida. These samples were taken by four different Waterkeeper organizations. It's been a busy year for everyone, including your Waterkeepers. Stayed tuned as more news comes out on this exciting first ever Save Our Gulf: State of the Gulf. 

Mobile Baykeeper at Work

Mobile Baykeeper responds to environmental concerns in the Mobile Bay Watershed in a number of ways, but one of the most important things that we do is respond to “Member Concerns”.   These concerns from our members and our community are the crux of our work.  They guide the issues we work on and the projects we pursue.  The most obvious of these is last summer’s oil disaster.  We received thousands of calls in response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the concerns our community had about oil washing ashore in Alabama.  

GULF COAST WATERKEEPERS PRAISE NOAA DECISION IN FAVOR OF SHRIMPERS IN TURTLE DEATH IVESTIGATION

Gulf Coast Waterkeepers Lay the Blame on BP’s Oil and Toxic Dispersants;
Waterkeepers Continue to Track New Oil as it Washes Ashore in Sensitive Wetlands

Waterkeepers Call for Independent Testing; Will Release State of the Gulf Report

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