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New Story Map, Refugio Beach Oil Spill: Mapping NOAA’s Work from Response to Restoration

NOVEMBER 8, 2021 ─ Our new interactive Story Map puts real data from the Refugio Beach oil spill at your fingertips.

Workers in white hazmat suits remove oil from a beach. Image credit: NOAA.
Cleanup following the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill. Image credit: NOAA.

On May 19, 2015 a pipeline ruptured near Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara, California. Over 100,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled, much of which ran down a storm drain and into the ocean.

NOAA used our Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) mapping application to inform decisions from response to restoration. ERMA maps are featured on our new Story Map to show where the oil went, where birds were recovered, and how NOAA and partners helped secure over $20 million for restoration.

Explore the Story Map, Refugio Beach Oil Spill: Mapping NOAA's Work from Response to Restoration.

Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:42pm PST