Two beaches reopened after cleanup is completed

SAN FRANCISCO – California State Parks has reopened two beaches, Steep Ravine and Red Rock Beach today after response crews completed beach cleanup

Members of the Unified Command, U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention, and the O’Brien’s Group, representing the responsible party, will also be in Half Moon Bay today to view the release of approximately 50 birds that have been treated for oil exposure by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.

Along with the recovery of any additional wildlife impacted by the oil spill, the Unified Command will continue to focus on beach cleanups throughout the Bay Area.

The public is still urged to avoid areas and wildlife that are affected. Untrained volunteers can cause further damage to the environment and stress on the wildlife.

Members of the community without proper training should not attempt to collect the oil, because it needs to be disposed of properly to prevent broader contamination and re-introduction to the environment. In addition, exposure to the oil can be hazardous for your health.

A list of beaches where the public can assist in cleanup efforts without hazardous material training can also be found at www.uscgsanfrancisco.com. Also, a list of closed beaches throughout the Bay Area can be found at http://www.uscgsanfrancisco.com/go/doctype/823/7684/.

Concerned citizens should call (415) 701-2311 to report any sightings of oiled wildlife.

The most recent information about the clean up is as follows:
Total personnel employed: 1,399
Total gallons discharged: approx. 58,000
Total gallons of oil recovered to date: approx. 16,974
Total gallons evaporated: approx. 4,060
Total birds captured: 951
Total dead birds: 884
Number of beaches closed: 25
Number of shoreline cleanup teams: 17
Number of wildlife personnel: 195
Feet of boom laid out: 27,500
Number of contracted aircraft: 1
Shoreline personnel: 888
Volunteers: 163

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