June 21, 2010

Save Our Gulf

Posted: 04:56 PM ET

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Waterkeeper Alliance is a global environmental organization uniting more than 190 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that most affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. When the BP Disaster began to show signs of attacking the Gulf of Mexico Coastlines, Waterkeepers jumped into action to address every aspect of the issue from shoreline protection to cleanup methods to volunteer organizing.  Waterkeepers across the country and abroad formed the Gulf Adhoc group to lend their expertise in oil spill recovery to those Gulf Basin Waterkeepers on the front lines of this disaster.

Through the Save Our Gulf initiative, Waterkeeper Alliance is connecting and supporting the work of our Gulf Waterkeepers in Florida (Apalachicola Riverkeeper and Emerald Coastkeeper), Alabama (Mobile Baykeeper), Louisiana (Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Louisiana Bayoukeeper, and Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper), and Texas (Galveston Baykeeper).  Your Gulf Coast’s committed environmental leaders are working together in their local watersheds to protect their communities, ensure transparent information, protect their waterways, and fight for full accountability by BP and others responsible for the disaster.

More specifically, some of the activities that Waterkeepers and Waterkeeper Alliance are undertaking in this crisis are:

  • Meeting regularly with the Coast Guard, EPA, NOAA, and state and local agencies to provide input on response strategies;
  • Assessing sensitive shoreline strategies and ensuring that the most fragile ecosystems are protected first;
  • Working with fisherman helping with spill response to make sure they have the tools to report back from the backwaters and deploy boom safely;
  • Providing protective gear, including respirators, to fishermen who are working on the spill.
  • Working with National Park Service on wildlife rehabilitation stations;
  • Responding to 1000s of community hotline calls, emails, and national media requests;
  • Fielding calls from tens of thousands of volunteers and working with state and federal agencies to organize and channel that interest;
  • Documenting pre-impact and post-impact shoreline conditions to support Natural Resources Damage claims by state and federal agencies;
  • Monitoring the coastal areas for the first signs of tar balls, rainbow sheens, and hydrocarbon slicks as they come in to the coastal areas;
  • Conducting water quality monitoring and analysis for dispersants and oil; and
  • Advocating for enhanced regulatory oversight of safety protocols and mechanisms.

In order to fulfill the ongoing activities above, the Gulf Waterkeepers and their communities need funding to purchase/facilitate the following:

  • Additional Staff to handle the volume of calls, emails, volunteers and information exchange
  • Protective gear such as neoprene gloves, arm gators, respirators, goggles, booties, and aprons;
  • Expert legal, technical, and medical assistance;
  • Monitoring equipment and lab analyses of samples;
  • Photo and video equipment;
  • Food and water for fishermen and volunteers;
  • Expanded office space and supplies;
  • Additional landline and cellular phones
  • Laptops, netbooks, and internet boosters; and
  • Printing.

We are Waterkeeper Alliance and we are working locally to Save Our Gulf:

Galveston Baykeeper – Charlotte Wells;

Atchafalaya Basinkeeper – Dean Wilson;

Louisiana Bayoukeeper – Michael Roberts & Tracy Kuhns;

Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper – Paul Orr;

Mobile Baykeeper – Casi Callaway;

Emerald Coastkeeper – Chasidy Hobbs;

Apalachicola Riverkeeper – Dan Tonsmeire;

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Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 5:49 pm ET

Well over half of ALL the Federal Judges in the Gulf Region had their campaigns fully funded by Big Oil and conservative Republican right wing think tanks who were also well funded by Big Oil. I would be surprised if this 'handpicked' Federal Judge in Louisiana, Texas that the Republican politicians in the Gulf States asked to review the Oil drilling moratorium ruled against Big Oil.

The American Taxpayers stand to lose 190 BILLION dollars in this SINGLE Oil Spill thru lost jobs, lost industry and lost tourism. And these Republican wing-nuts are screaming to Drill baby drill which invariably leads to Spill baby spill. The question is not 'IF', it is only a question of 'WHEN' the next horrific toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic spill of crude Oil occurs.

Ethanol production is on-tap to produce more immediately usable fuel than that created from the crude Oil America purchases from Saudi Arabia! Every gallon of Ethanol directly replaces a full 6 gallons of crude Oil. President Obama should immediately remove the crass, callous and heavy handed tariff on Brazil's Ethanol exports and immediately purchase as much Ethanol from Brazil as Brazil is willing to sell to America.

Crude Oil Spills = Ecocide, there is no positive spin on that. Toxic to breathe, Toxic to eat, Toxic to swim in, Toxic to your skin. Toxic to aquatic life, Toxic to mammals, Toxic to birds, Toxic to the water table.

If these 'Gulf Keepers' and Environmental Keepers of the Gulf of Mexico want to actually 'save' the Dead and Dieing Gulf of Mexico region, they would in Force, Demand a Moratorium to Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no safe Oil Well in the Ocean, there is no impossibility of another enormous Oil Spill. The Only question is 'WHEN' the next immense Oil Spill is going to occur.

Barb   June 21st, 2010 6:24 pm ET

I am replused to hear Florida ask people to come to their beaches.
They said they pick up the oil tar balls and all is okay. Bull. Another part of Florida said their beaches are clean, so far. no tar balls. Bull. Oil is in the water whether you can see it or not, it is called residue. To spend time on a sandy beach frolicing in the ocean isn't worth it. As the oil comes ashore, and it will in droves, pitty the water table. Talk about another disaster.

Barb   June 21st, 2010 6:37 pm ET

1-800–491-4853 Please call and donate to those who lost their business, jobs etc. Heaven knows these folks need our help.

Stacy   June 21st, 2010 8:50 pm ET

Please help get BP to seal the Destin Pass by dredging to protect some of the inner waterways in FL. Choctawhatchee Bay is over 129 square miles alone. Please help save our wildlife.

Leslie   June 21st, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Thank you all.I am from Baton Rouge and we all weep for our people and animals from the coast.

I've had an idea about keeping the oil from the shores- I am certain that I am not the first to come up with this, but just in case, here it is: If it is possible to get a very fine mesh cloth, like in fishing scoops and making a net about 4 ft. by however long and setting it up in lengths, like the round boom , putting it 2 ft. out of water and 2ft. under. I do not know what could be used to hold the length wise sections stiff enough to hold up to the weight of accumulated oil. I am certain that someone from one of your organizations cold come up with something I don't know exists. I've seen the oil glump up in those nets and not pass through. Make these things so that they can be detached from each other as need be, attached end to end, dragged to an appointed place and burned.

I realize that this has its limits, but it could work for keeping the oil back from the marshes and fragile areas. It is portable , could be cheap depending on what was used and simple to implement and move.

Just an idea.

Billy   June 21st, 2010 9:22 pm ET

For all those who never felt the sand run through your toes on the beach as the waves pounded the shore or watched your kids chase sand crabs on the beach, perhaps met a mom and pop shrimper come to the dock with shrimp for a family boil. PLEASE GIve, maybe someday you will experience this!

Billy   June 21st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Perhaps the AMERICAN oil companies could donate something since BP has created a PR night mare for them also.

Sun Darkskin   June 22nd, 2010 3:44 am ET

If someone have an Idea to help this tragedy, please tell us and we will finance your projects. Help the Mother Nature to save her Sons and Daughters (humanity) and hope this won't happen again.
Think and write about what you think is a good way to help this. Don't say: I can't do nothing, Yes We Can Help!!!

bobbie adkinson   June 22nd, 2010 11:55 am ET

Have any of the other oil companies come forward, offering their help with the Gulf Coast disaster? Looks like to me, if they have any expertise, they would be willing to help. The sooner something positive is done the better. We all win when this tragedy is solved.

This may be a "hair-brained" idea that may be already in place, but why don't you open various sites along the Gulf Coast and invite volunteers to come help clean the animals. This could be a three-fold help; volunteers could help clean the birds, etc, spend money on lodging and food, and bring additional supplies donated by the churches and charities of their communities.

John Hoving   June 22nd, 2010 1:52 pm ET

Smith in Oregon & Barb such negativity I have rarely seen. Smith in Oregon all you do is vent in every posting, quite frankly this type of hyperbole and nonsense should be moderated and not posted, its redundant and not helpful to the overall effort. Try putting your opinion in a more tangible coherent form and maybe people might pay attention to you.

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