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Staff Participate in National Freshwater Spills Symposium
Date Posted: April 27, 2009Mike Coffey from the Rock Island, Illinois, Ecological Services Field Office along with other Service staff attended the 2009 National Freshwater Spills Symposium. Mike delivered two presentations and assisted in the development of a third presentation. The symposium is hosted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and pulls together the U.S. Coast Guard, other federal agencies, state agencies, non-government organizations and local agencies to discuss oil and chemical spill response, legislative updates, and tactics. The presentations by Mike were related to the role of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) during spill response and early oiled bird care, and a case study on a large pipeline spill in southern Illinois. The case study presentation was a joint effort by the EPA, Marathon Oil Corporation, their consultant, and the FWS. The symposium is an excellent forum to interact with others from around the country on natural resource protection and restoration from oil and chemical spills.
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