OSPR scientists and wildlife officers regularly educate & engage school-age kids on oil spills and its effects on wildlife & the environment. Celebrate Earth Day 2017 tomorrow at an event near you!
OSPR team took park in an oil spill drill exercise on the Colorado River at the California/Arizona border. The @EPA led drill prepares local first responders for a river spill. #OILSpill #ColoradoRiver #drill @usfws @BLM
Overflight video of the sunken 112-foot freight barge Vengeance near Yerba Buena Island, Calif., April 9, 2017. OSPR and Coast Guard remain engaged in response and salvage planning.
OSPR response team oversees the cleanup of a sunken barge that released oil earlier today.
SUNKEN BARGE UPDATE: OSPR crews remain on-scene of sunken barge Vengeance in the San Francisco Bay. Potentially 4,000 gallons of diesel and 300 gallons of hydraulic oil are on the barge, but it's unknown at this point how much has leaked into the bay, but only a light sheen has been observed. 2,000 feet of containment boom deployed around the site, and salvage operations are ongoing. No visibly oiled wildlife have been reported/observed at this time, but crews are monitoring for them.
OSPR Field Response Team is on scene of a partially submerged barge in SF Bay near Yerba Buena Island. USCG deployed 400 ft. of boom and plan on using another 1000 ft. to surround the vessel. Officials have observed sheen, but no reports of oiled shoreline. A salvage and cleanup crew is en route.
An intertidal zone is a habitat-rich area between low and high tides. OSPR environmental scientists regularly document these areas for organisms such as algae, crabs, mussels and many other species. Scientists use tools such as GPS and even handmade squares from PVC piping to measure aquatic plants and animals. This data provides them with a baseline template that can be compared to damaged areas after an oil spill. #OILSpill
A big thank you to the more than 15+ Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN)-affiliated organizations who participated in the first inland oil spill drill in Quincy, CA located in Plumas County. This drill’s focus was on a full deployment of OWCN affiliated organization volunteers and staff who have specialized training to care for oiled wildlife. The drill was a simulation of an oil spill event at an inland location to enable oiled wildlife response personnel to become knowledgeable and proficient in the strengths and weaknesses of plans, equipment and procedures. #oiledwildlife #owcn #birdallyx #MWVCRC #wildlife #drill #environment #PeninsulaHumaneSociety #TheMarineMammalCenter #TheWildNeighborsDatabaseProject @aquariumofthebay @intbirdrescue @lindsaywildlife @pacificwildlifecare @sfbbo @wildcarebayarea @themarinemammalcenter #instituteforwildlifestudies #northamimaldisastergroup #peninsulahumanesociety #pointblueconservationscience #birdssf #shastawildliferescue For the full story, go to the @calspillwatch Facebook page
An OSPR team noted numerous derelict vessels during #Delta overflight. These present environmental, public safety & navigational hazards.