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Pollution Response Exercise in Lake Ontario Region

AUGUST 25, 2017--Great Lakes Scientific Support Coordinator, Michael Doig, represented NOAA at a multi-day pollution response exercise August 22-23 in New York.

Large group poses outdoors for photo.
Response exercise participants. Image credit: NOAA.

The two-day joint pollution exercise is the culmination of a multi-year oil spill preparation exercise for the Sector Buffalo Area Contingency Plan. The exercise was in coordination with other federal, state, local and tribal representatives in the Lake Ontario region. 

Participating agencies included: U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, NOAA, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Emergency Response Teams, St. Lawrence Seaway Development and St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporations, Jefferson County and the St. Lawrence County Emergency Management Agencies, Transport Canada, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

A boom deployment exercise took place on August 22 in Clayton, New York, where a 1,200-foot boom was deployed as part of the CANUSLAK boom deployment and exercise. 

 The Akwesasne portion of the joint exercise took place on August 23, 2017 and included a tabletop exercise and discussion for an incident management command post, as well as a demobilization and decontamination drill. ORR ERD provided trajectories, weather, and overflight maps for the tabletop exercise. The exercise was held at the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department's Station #1 located at 818 State Route 37. 

For further information, contact Michael.Doig@noaa.gov.

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Boats in the water.
Response exercise in progress. Image credit: NOAA