BP Oil Spill One Year Later: Volunteers Still Needed

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Cleanup crews and beach goers gathered on a beach in Alabama. A year after the oil spill, volunteers are still needed to assist the recovery efforts. Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Today marks the one-year anniversary of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the past year, more than 47,000 federal, state and local responders have worked on the cleanup efforts, according to the U.S. federal government.

But the area is still recovering, and volunteers are needed to help families affected by the oil spill, as well as perform long-term monitoring of the coast line.

Potential volunteers can search www.volunteerlouisiana.gov for opportunities to help in Louisiana, www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org in Florida,  www.mcvs.org in Mississippi and www.servealabama.gov in Alabama.

Alabama nonprofits Mobile Baykeeper and the Alabama Coastal Foundation are also currently recruiting volunteers.

“Volunteers are still needed to monitor our shorelines though Mobile Baykeeper and Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Volunteer Field Observer program and in the near future to help build oyster reef and plant marsh and sea grass,” said Casi Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper’s executive director. “The Volunteer Field Observer program enables us to document the shoreline both for health and any potential impacts from the BP oil disaster.”

Individuals interested in the Field Observer program can register at Mobile Baykeeper’s website or call 251-433-4229.

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