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Greater St. Louis Sub Area Response Plan Development
Date Posted: January 30, 2009Contaminant biologists from the Rock Island, Illinois, Ecological Services Field Office are working with the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to develop oil spill response measures that protect the federally endangered pallid sturgeon in the Mississippi River.
Pallid sturgeon congregate in large numbers in the rapids of the Chain of Rocks which is near the City of St. Louis, Missouri. There is a large refinery just upstream of the Chain of Rocks that contains numerous crude oil pipelines that cross the Mississippi River. The response agencies are looking at ways to deploy booms in fast waters and contain crude oil in areas that allow safe removal while protecting the sturgeon and other aquatic life and wildlife of the Mississippi River. This planning effort will help avoid or minimize impacts to the federally listed endangered pallid sturgeon during spill clean up actions.
The strategies developed through this group effort have been compiled onto a CD. The CD contains a set of Geographic Information System (GIS) based products, providing contingency planners and emergency responders with accurate and relevant information for spill preparedness and response. The maps and tables present on the CD are interactive. When you click on an area, you can get detailed information about how to respond to a spill in that area, and also protect any fish or wildlife resources that may be present.