Pyrotechnics to be used to keep birds out of Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary

Pyrotechnics to be used to keep birds out of Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary
BALTIMORE — The Unified Command continues its response to oil sheens Tuesday in the Potomac River near Arlington, Virginia. The Unified Command plans to use a deterring technique Tuesday to keep birds from entering Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary. “The use of small pyrotechnics to deter birds from using particular areas during an oil response is a commonly employed technique utilized by wildlife...

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2015 ballast water management report

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2015 ballast water management report
CLEVELAND — The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group released its 2015 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management activities Thursday. During 2015, 100 percent of vessels bound for the Great Lakes Seaway from outside the Exclusive Economic Zone received a ballast water management exam. In total, the BWWG assessed all 8,361 ballast tanks on the 455 vessels that transited during...

Unified Command to conduct dye test on Potomac River oil sheen

Unified Command to conduct dye test on Potomac River oil sheen
Dan Rauch, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Energy and Environment, observes an oiled duck at Constitution Gardens in Washington. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Laurel Siegrist) BALTIMORE — The Unified Command is scheduled to conduct a dye test Monday in the Potomac River and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary near Arlington, Virginia, which may discolor portions of the...

Potomac River oil sheen response continues

Potomac River oil sheen response continues
Dan Rauch, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Energy and Environment, observes an oiled duck at Constitution Gardens in Washington. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Laurel Siegrist) BALTIMORE — The Unified Command continues its response to oil sheens Sunday in the Potomac River near Arlington, Virginia. At approximately 11 a.m. investigators assessed Roaches Run Waterfowl...

Search continues for source of Potomac River oil sheen

Search continues for source of Potomac River oil sheen
Dan Rauch, a wildlife biologist observes an oiled duck at Constitution Gardens in Washington, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Laurel Siegrist) BALTIMORE — The Unified Command continues its search for the source of oil sheens Saturday in the Potomac River near Arlington, Virginia. “Responders have been on scene since daybreak and noticed the sheens have mostly...

Unified Command responds to Potomac River oil sheen

Unified Command responds to Potomac River oil sheen
Dan Rauch, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Energy and Environment, observes an oiled duck at Constitution Gardens in Washington, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Laurel Siegrist) BALTIMORE — The Unified Command continues to respond to reports of oil sheens Friday in the Potomac River near Arlington, Virginia. Containment boom and sorbent sweeps...

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to Potomac River sheen

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to Potomac River sheen
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding to reports of oil sheens in the Potomac River near Arlington, Virginia, and extending south approximately eight miles. The first report of the rainbow-colored sheen came at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by additional reports attributed to the same sheen. Preliminary investigation has identified a potential discharge from...

Coast Guard receives approval to remove sunken vessel in Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard receives approval to remove sunken vessel in Juneau, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska – The U.S. Coast Guard received approval for removal and destruction of tugboat Challenger under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWCPA). An incident command will be established and operations will begin Monday, Feb. 1, to manage the removal of the tugboat that sank in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Sept. 12, 2015. The operation could take weeks to complete. “Our highest priorities...

Coast Guard conducts surprise oil spill exercise on the Hudson River

Coast Guard conducts surprise oil spill exercise on the Hudson River
NEW YORK – The United States Coast Guard and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are conducting an oil spill exercise today at Global Companies, Albany Terminal. The exercise is both unannounced and routine. It is a full-scale exercise that will include the deployment of oil recovery equipment such as absorbent boom in the vicinity of Global facilities on the Hudson River....