Public Invited to SpillSpotter Training Workshops
HIGHLANDS, NJ—The American Littoral Society announced a new statewide citizen oil spill response network of volunteers trained to respond to oil spills and other catastrophic pollution events in New Jersey’s waterways. Through this new program, SpillSpotters.net, New Jerseyians of all ages can get the knowledge and tools they need to help protect
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“We want a network of trained eyes on the water,” said Stevie Thorsen, the director of the new program. “We will train volunteers how to spot a spill, how to describe it, who to notify when one happens, and how they personally can contribute to the official response.” She explained that, “Another important goal is to collect accurate data about the wildlife that uses the waters and coastal habitat in areas that are vulnerable to spills. This will give us a baseline to help prioritize responses and assess damage when it occurs. Our workshops will provide hands-on training for SpillSpotters to perform biological assessments of specific areas using seine nets, clam rakes, and binoculars to gather data.” Participants will receive a toolkit for oil spill response as well as information about additional training opportunities that can enhance their value as a spill responder.
After completing the training workshop in May, participants will adopt a coastal spot in their community to monitor and submit data back to the Society at specific times during the year. This is a great opportunity for individuals, science classes, environmental clubs, and scouting, civic, and faith-based groups.
The workshop schedule is:
Villas - Monday, May 21 at 4 pm – Lower
Waretown - Tuesday, May 22 at 4 pm – The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education
This program is funded with a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.