|A green sea turtle hatchling. Photo by Keenan Adams/USFWS|
Five years ago our people were rushing to the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began April 20, 2010. Rowan Gould, who retired from the Service in January, directed the Service’s disaster response in the Gulf of Mexico, just as he had done in 1989, after Alaska’s Exxon Valdez oil spill. As Rowan said of the work: "I was in the middle of it. I did it. I was not getting sleep. I was working seven days a week. It was intense, but it was really great!"
The Service's Nadine Siak reminds us of five things you need to know about the spill.
1 Did you know that the good health of the Gulf of Mexico depends on places far from the Gulf Coast? Thirty-one states (more than 50 percent of the contiguous United States) have rivers, creeks and streams that eventually drain into the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico watershed includes states as far away as Montana and New York!