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Northern California Shoreline Assessment Training

APRIL 6, 2018 — On March 27-29, OR&R’s Emergency Response Division provided a three-day oil spill response training to a variety of response and resource management agencies from across coastal California.  

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At China Camp State Park in Marin County, California, NOAA instructors discuss the importance of salt water marshes to estuarine ecosystems and their and sensitivities to both spills and oil cleanup operations. A saltwater marsh and its tidal channels can be seen on the right of the photo with San Pablo Bay in the background. Image credit: NOAA.

This Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Team Member training provided students with the skills and experience (via classroom and field exercises) to properly identify shoreline habitats, and document the nature and extent of shoreline oiling, provide input on cleanup priorities, and recommend cleanup strategies to assist responders in minimizing overall environmental impacts and optimizing cleanup operations. Trainees included members from several U.S. Coast Guard field units (Pacific Strike Team, Sector-level, and Auxiliary personnel), as well as representatives from California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and Santa Barbara County.  The training culminated in an independent field exercise in which teams documented their field observations and briefed their findings to a U.S. Coast Guard Operations Section Chief. 

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Three people writing while on a beach.
U.S. Coast Guard members document observations along the shoreline of a historic fishing village at China Camp State Park in Marin County, California. Image credit: NOAA.