I'm writing today with an update on the Gulf oil spill and San Francisco Baykeeper's new initiative to help with response efforts, including sending two of our staff members to assist Gulf Coast Waterkeepers.
As I'm sure you know, a major environmental disaster threatens the Gulf Coast as at least 200,000 gallons of oil per day continue to seep from the BP oil spill. Oil is now expected to reach the shoreline tomorrow, and thousands of birds, fish and marine mammals are threatened by contamination.
Over the last week, San Francisco Baykeeper has joined with other oil spill veterans in the Waterkeeper Alliance to form a Gulf oil spill advisory committee to support and provide technical assistance to the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers.
San Francisco Baykeeper has a great deal of hard-won knowledge and experience from our work to respond to the 2007 Cosco Busan spill in San Francisco Bay, and now we're putting that expertise to use to help avert some of the worst impacts of the Gulf Coast disaster.
Additionally, San Francisco Baykeeper is sending two of our own staff members to meet the need for more staff support at Gulf Coast Waterkeepers. Staff Scientist Ian Wren and Field Coordinator Rosalind Becker will fly to the Gulf Coast this week, to be stationed on the front line with Gulf Coast Waterkeepers, providing technical support, organizing volunteers and answering the thousands of emails and phone calls pouring into the offices of Gulf Coast Waterkeepers.
If you would like to help us cover the costs of sending these staff people to the Gulf Coast, please make a donation today. Please also consider making a donation to support the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers at www.saveourgulf.org.
Baykeeper will of course continue our day-to-day work to protect San Francisco Bay from pollution, and in the meantime we will keep you updated on what we're learning about the Gulf oil spill response and on our latest efforts.