Hazards and Threats

Oil Spill Gulf of Mexico 2010

Boom loaded on trailerTransition From Response to Long-term Recovery

September 14 -- While the Deepwater Horizon oil well has been capped and plugged, booms are being removed and cleanup efforts are winding down, residents in the coastal communities will continue to feel for a long time the effects of a summer during which they lost businesses and income.

Help for affected citizens

Friends Helping Alabama: Help Feed Our Bay Area Friends is an Extension effort to help the Bay Area Food Bank feed families affected by the oil spill. Follow the link to learn how you can contribute.

RestoreTheGulf.gov is the official federal portal for the oil spill response and recovery.

Baldwin County citizens affected by the oil spill are invited to participate in free seminars. The workshops focus on oil spill training for homeowners, financial and stress management, and unemployment.

Mobile County offers links to relevant resources on Alabama and Mississippi coastal access laws, family financial and stress management, and seafood safety.

Fishing and swimming in the Gulf

Review up-to-date information on fishing closures. Alabama State Health Officer, Dr. Donald E. Williamson notes in his online message that the department is replacing red swimming advisory signs with yellow signs that outline several precautions for beachgoers in Baldwin and Mobile counties.

Where is the oil?

A federal science report released August 4 estimates that a third of the oil released was captured or mitigated by recovery operations. The remainder has evaporated or dissolved (25 percent), dispersed naturally (16 percent), or remains as residue and weathered tarballs (26 percent).


Four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs are host to an oil spill website providing links to a variety of resources.

EDEN has posted information about Extension regional efforts and activities.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is the lead agency for the state's response to the oil spill under the Unified Command. ADEM is coordinating efforts for a wide range of sate agencies involved in the response.

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