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Inland Oil Spill Response Training for the Department of the Interior

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OR&R's Catherine Berg leading a session at the Inland Oil Spill Response training. (NOAA)

NOVEMBER 10, 2016 -- NOAA's Scientific Support Coordinator for Alaska participated as an instructor for the "Inland Oil Spill Response for the Department of Interior" training held in Anchorage, Alaska the first week in November.

The class was developed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center for the Department of the Interior by NOAA affiliate, Research Planning, Inc. It will be delivered to 16 locations throughout the nation over a two-year period.

The course material is designed specifically for responding to oil spills in the inland zone, i.e., lakes, rivers, and fresh water wetlands. Modules covered such topics as Department of Interior bureau roles and responsibilities, safety, spilled oil behavior in the inland environment, wildlife operations, sampling and chemical analysis, resources at risk, shoreline cleanup assessment techniques, and on-water response strategies. The class was presented in the form of lectures, classroom exercises, and field work.

Participating Department of Interior bureaus included Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geologic Survey.

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Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:50pm PST