A workshop to help community members understand the world of oil spill planning and response will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 28 in the UW FH Labs lecture hall.
Spill responders will help community members understand oil spill contingency planning, the fate and effects of oil in the marine environment, and the unique challenges posed by local geography for spill response. Community engagement and volunteer opportunities will also be discussed.
Industry groups, tribes, state, local, and federal agencies regularly conduct oil spill response drills. The average citizen, however, is not aware of what happens during an oil spill, who makes spill response decisions, how those decisions are made, and how volunteers can become involved in spill response.
This day-long workshop affords a rare opportunity for community members to hear directly from the decision makers who would be involved in responding to this type of event in San Juan County. The Northwest Straits Foundation and the San Juan Marine Resources Committee are organizing the workshop.
To pre-register for this workshop: RSVP to [email protected] or contact Marta Branch, MRC Coordinator at 360-370-7592
Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation Community Engagement for Oil Spill Response and Readiness
Saturday, September 28, 2013
U.W. Friday Harbor Labs Lecture Hall
Workshop Goal: to educate the general public and local officials about oil spills in the marine environment, who is engaged in Incident Command, how decisions are made regarding incident response and how members of the public can become involved in spill response activities.
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Introductions, Robyn Du Pre, Northwest Straits Foundation
9:10 – 10:00 Oil Spill Response in Local Waters (scripted scenario)
Narrator: Robyn du Pré
Scene: Incident Command Post
At Round Table:
Capt. Scott Ferguson, U.S. Coast Guard
Dave Byers, Department of Ecology
Brendan Cowan, Director, San Juan County Department of Emergency Management
Tribal spill response managers: Jeremy Freimund, Lummi Nation & Rochelle Lubbers, Tulalip Tribes
Tim Johnson, Phillips Petroleum (invited).
Questions and Answers 10:00 – 10:35 Response Protocols and Planning: NW Area Contingency Plan and Incident Command Structure, Local Emergency Management Involvement: Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, Dept. of Ecology Brendan Cowan, San Juan County Dept. of Emergency Management 10:35-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Fate and Effects of Oil in the Environment
Types of oil transiting through the NW Straits, how it behaves in a spill and how it affects the environment Gary Shigenaka, NOAA Scientific Support Team - Dave Byers, Ecology
11:30- 12:15 Recovery Techniques (IOSA, Ecology, Coast Guard, MSRC invited) Recovery Techniques and equipment Local geography and challenges for spill response
12:15-12:45 Lunch Break—(Please bring your own sack lunch)
12:45 – 1:30 Resources at Risk and Protection Priorities
Overview: Dan Doty, WDFW and Stephanie Buffum, Friends of the San Juans to overview local resources at risk
Break into small groups, give various scenarios and description of resources at risk and have the groups wrestle with real world decisions in weighing relative values of various environmental assets (have speakers circulating or assigned to each group to give expert advice)
Report back and discuss the various options available in each scenario
1:30-2:00 Information Management and Communications:
How does Incident Command communicate effectively with the public, VIPs, chains of command, political leaders at all levels?
Facilitated discussion with Captain Scott Ferguson
2:15-2:20 Community Engagement Overview:
Robyn du Pré Opportunities for Community Volunteer Involvement NWSF: Oiled Wildlife and HazWOPPER trainings Seattle Audubon: Volunteer seabird surveys to establish baseline conditions
2:20-2:30 PIER volunteer portal: Linda Pilkey- Jarvis, Dept. of Ecology
2:30-2:45 Islands Oil Spill Association: Oiled Wildlife Trainings for San Juan County volunteers
2:45-3:00 UW Coaast Program: Volunteer beached bird surveys
3:00–3:15 Closure: Final Questions and Answers, Workshop Evaluation