Save Our Gulf
The State of the Gulf is a status report of Gulf Coast recovery over a year after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and the discharge of 250 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The report outlines seven key findings including calling for long term environmental monitoring. Currently, The Save Our Gulf Waterkeeper organizationís coordinate the most comprehensive citizen led environmental monitoring effort. The report documents the results of the Environmental Monitoring Project including oyster tissue sampling from Louisiana to Florida.
We hope that you find The State of the Gulf insightful in understanding the ongoing BP oil disaster impacts on the Gulf Coast. Thank you for your continued support of the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Save Our Gulf Waterkeepers.
Waterkeepers stand on the front line of recovery efforts following the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, BPís Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. Since the explosion, the rig has hemorrhaged hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of barrels of oil, endangering wildlife and human health across the Gulf coast.
Our Gulf Waterkeepers served as the first line of environmental defense as the spill continued to pump oil into Gulf waters between April 2010 and September 2010. Their incredible knowledge of marshes, wetlands, beaches, and inner-coastal waters made them invaluable first responders during that time, and their tremendous commitment to recovery efforts in aftermath of the spill has made them them critical and effective community leaders. Their goal now is full and complete recovery of waters and coastline throughout the Gulf region. Please help now: Your donations will provide everything Waterkeepers need, from clean-up supplies and protective gear to emergency office space and food for volunteers.
This catastrophe has eclipsed the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Price William Sound, Alaska, both in terms of magnitude and impact. One of our nationís most productive fisheries is endangered and critical wetlands for hurricane protection are still at risk. The major commercial fishing ports in the Gulf bring in more than 1.2 billion pounds of fresh seafood each year, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Eighty-three percent of the total U.S. shrimp landings and 56 percent of U.S. oyster landings occur in the Gulf of Mexico. The region accounts for more than 40 percent of U.S. marine recreational fishing catch, with tourism and recreation providing more than 620,000 jobs, yielding more than $9 billion in wages paid each year in the Gulf coast.
Our Galveston Baykeeper in Texas, our Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper and Louisiana Bayoukeeper in Louisiana, our Mobile Baykeeper in Alabama, and our Emerald Coastkeeper and Apalachicola Riverkeeper in Florida are facing what may be the largest environmental and economic disaster in U.S. history. Please consider providing financial support today.
Bookmark SaveOurGulf.org for the latest updates, recovery efforts, and how you can help.