Incident Responses for April 2018

Posted Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:34

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries, and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment.

Here are some of April’s notable incidents ... 

Oiled Birds and Dawn Dish Soap: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Cleaning and Rescuing Oiled Wildlife

Posted Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:34
By Frank Csulak, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration

As a scientific support coordinator (SSC) for NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, one question that I always get from friends and family is: “Is it true that Dawn dishwashing detergent is used to clean oiled wildlife?”

Well, the answer is yes. Many agencies and organizations use Dawn dish detergent in their cleaning efforts, including Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research — one of the premier wildlife response organizations in the U.S. and globally.

OR&R Observes Workers’ Memorial Day

Posted Sat, 04/28/2018 - 15:07
By Ali Bahrami-Bayeh, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration Health and Safety Officer

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work, also known as “Workers’ Memorial Day.” This day is a time to remember and honor those who have suffered injuries or lost their lives on the job. Also, it’s a time for us to reflect on lessons learned and strengthen our commitment to safety at work.

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Marine Debris Program Chief Scientist Amy Uhrin

Posted Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:33
By Alyssa Dillon, NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration

This is the seventh in a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s profile is on Marine Debris Program Chief Scientist Amy Uhrin.

7 Ways OR&R Keeps Shorelines Green and Waters Blue

Posted Sun, 04/22/2018 - 12:59

Earth Day dates back to 1970, when Senator Gaylord Nelson implemented it as a day to recognize the need for environmental protection. That same year in December, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency. NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration gained its first recognition in environmental issues six years later when the Argo Merchant tanker vessel grounded near Nantucket Shoals in Massachusetts, spilling nearly 8 million gallons of oil ... 

Deepwater Horizon: Another Year Gone By, What’s Changed?
By Alyssa Dillon, NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration
alyssa.dillon Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:42

Eight years ago today, on April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform tragically killed 11 workers, and started the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history, releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil, Water, and the Dangers of Spring Showers

Posted Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:19

With springtime comes a string of rainy days and an increased risk of driving accidents, but did you know that the first rain after a dry spell is actually the most dangerous?

If not, that’s okay, neither did Daniel Eisenberg, post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

Evaluating the Ecosystem Service Benefits of Marine Debris Removal

Posted Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:46
By Amanda Laverty, Office of Response and Restoration Marine Debris Program

Marine debris and plastic pollution first appeared in scientific literature in the 1970s, and have since become highly published topics. Debris can be found in a variety of marine environments — from coasts and remote beaches, to Arctic and Antarctic regions — throughout the open ocean and all the way down to the deepest depths of the sea floor.