Gulf Coast Waterkeepers have released a new "State of the Gulf" report with updates on the current health of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding shorelines, eighteen months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and began the months-long BP oil disaster. The report lays out seven key findings and includes the results of the Environmental Monitoring Project conducted by Save Our Gulf, a coalition of the seven Gulf Coast Waterkeepers.
The report advocates for long-term environmental monitoring; citizen participation in decision-making on restoration; more attention on public health concerns in Gulf Coast communities; and directing all Clean Water Act fines to Gulf Coast restoration efforts.
Read the full report online at http://saveourgulf.org.
As a veteran responder to the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in the Bay, San Francisco Baykeeper supported the efforts of Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in responding to the BP oil disaster and sent two staff members to assist with shoreline monitoring and volunteer coordination in the Gulf. We continue to advocate for improved oil spill response measures in San Francisco Bay and across the country.