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Inland Oil Spill Training in Bishop, California

OCTOBER 26, 2018 — Over the past 13 years, OR&R’s Emergency Response Division has teamed up with California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) to provide oil spill science training known as Environmental Response to Oil Spills (EROS).

Body of water with a yellow substance floating on it.
Field demonstration of (yellow) containment boom deployment along McGee Creek near Bishop, along with discussion of skimming operations and challenges of oil recovery in river systems. Image credit: OSPR.

And because spill science topics are relevant to both marine and inland spill, OR&R periodically supports inland EROS classes including one on October 23-25 in Bishop, California.

The training included students from California Department of Fish and Wildlife game wardens and biologists as well as a staff from local cleanup companies and a public utility power company. The class covered a wide variety of both marine and inland subjects such as oil chemistry, fingerprinting, fate and transport, ecotoxicology, resources at risk evaluations, shoreline assessments (Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique or SCAT), environmental trade-offs, cleanup methods and endpoints, Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), oiled wildlife capture and care, and waste management.  In addition, field exercises included boom deployment demonstrations, SCAT activities and riparian biology and geomorphology. 

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Creek with trees growing next to it.
Field SCAT demonstration along Rock Creek near Bishop. SCAT teams can be seen debriefing their findings near the top left of the image. Image credit: NOAA.
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