Alabama Environmental Expert On Shoreline

Gulf Coast, Oil SpillGulf Breeze, Alabama’s environmental expert Heather Reed went out to Orange Beach  last week with a UV light trying to find some oil underwater. “There is not only oil underwater, but the rocks are covered with oil.  This was the exact thing we (City of Gulf Breeze) did not want, and Orange Beach is a perfect example of why the city needed to go through all its preventive measures.”

Gulf Breeze led its own oil response since the early days after the Deepwater Horizon disaster began on April 20 – initiating coast watchers and a “volunteer navy” to monitor the shoreline and surrounding waters and placing thousands of feet of boom to protect shorelines and inland waters.  Reed says the proactive measures taken by the city to protect Gulf Breeze shores are directly responsible for preventing impacts such as those in Orange Beach, where Reed says it appears cleanup crews tried to “clean” the oil from the rocks as opposed to removing it.

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