Inland Oil Spill for DOI Response Webinar Series

The CSP3129 Inland Oil Spill for DOI Response course covers the many aspects of oil spill response from the DOI perspective, such as what roles DOI staff have within the Unified Command, evaluating and selecting appropriate habitat protection and cleanup methods and cleanup endpoints, being a member of a Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) team, emergency consultation, and juggling the roles of response and natural resource damage assessment. 

The Inland Oil Spill for DOI Response Webinar Series will highlight pertinent lectures from the class or other topic areas of interest to the DOI spill response community.  These webinars will be recorded and placed online as a Hazmat Refresher training resource.   

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Webinar Descriptions

Alaska’s updated Wildlife Protection Guidelines for Spill Response

  • Details: Inland Oil Spill for DOI Response Webinar Series: The Alaska Regional Response Team’s Wildlife Protection Committee (WPC) recently updated the Wildlife Protection Guidelines for Oil Spill Response in Alaska (WPG). The WPG is a non-regulatory guidance document designed to help oil spill responders and contingency planners minimize the effects of oil spills on fish, wildlife, and their habitats. The WPC includes representatives from federal and state agencies, industry, oil spill removal organizations, Alaska Native organizations, regional citizens’ advisory councils, wildlife response experts, and non-governmental organizations. This revision is the result of more than two years of intensive efforts by the agency core group of the WPC, including members from the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game, Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation, NMFS, USFWS, and DOI Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance. Because much of Alaska is remote and we are few, we take a very collaborative and inclusive approach to spill response!

  • Presenters: Phil Johnson (DOI), Jeanette Alas (Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game) and Bridget Crokus (USFWS)

  • Recorded: April 21, 2021

  • Duration: 49 Minutes

Clear Creek Oil Spill Case Study

  • Details: In this webinar, we’ll discuss the U. S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Department of Interior (DOI) spill response for the 2002 Clear Creek oil well blowout which adversely affected the Obed Wild and Scenic River (Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, TN). The Service provided technical assistance to the USCG Gulf Strike Force, USEPA, and the State of Tennessee in this response. Data management by the Service was instrumental in developing an adequate response which addressed natural resource issues on DOI and private lands. This data also informed a significant NRDAR case for the incident, the first up-front, solely-funded NRDAR by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) National Pollution Funds Center. Emergency section 7 consultation procedures will also be briefly discussed.

  • Presenters: Steven Alexander (USFWS)

  • Recorded: November 18, 2020

  • Duration: 61 Minutes

Cultural Resources and the Role of the Historic Property Specialist in Spill Response

  • Details: We know from past experience that it is largely the response to oil spills rather than the spills themselves that cause damage to cultural resources. This presentation will focus on the role of the Historic Properties Specialist (HPS) in helping to protect cultural resources from damage and in helping ensure that the On-Scene Coordinator meets their legal responsibilities for consultation with State Historic Preservation Officers and Tribal Officials as part of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966.

  • Presenters: February 17, 2021

  • Recorded: Daniel Odess (NPS)

  • Duration: 62 Minutes

How Wildlife Response Integrates into Unified Command at Oil Spills

  • Details: In this webinar, participants will discuss where in the organizational chart the Wildlife Branch, the Environmental Unit and the NRDA Liaison are positioned and their roles in Operations, Planning, and Incident Command. An overview of each branch/unit will be presented, as well as, their roles, responsibilities and how they fit together, yet are separate. The NRDA Liaison and ephemeral data collection have specific roles separate from the response and examples of how this has worked in both small and huge oil spills will be discussed. There will also be information provided on the self-contained wildlife stabilization units that have built for remote island

  • Presenters: Dr. D. Michael Fry (USFWS)

  • Recorded: October 21, 2020

  • Duration: 59 Minutes

Initial Oil Spill Response and Tactics

  • Details: The first hours of an oil spill response are critical. Quick action to contain the oil can dramatically reduce impacts to the environment and cost for the responsible party. During this one hour webinar, you will learn how to act fast and execute basic response tactics in the field using everyday equipment and supplies. Even if you don’t expect to be in the field deploying equipment, this webinar will provide insight on what to expect from the Responsible Party and their contractors.

  • Presenters: Joyel Dhieux (USEPA)

  • Recorded: January 20, 2021

  • Duration: 69 Minutes

Rapid Surface Velocity Mapping for Model Calibration and Enhanced Decision-Making Part I: Before the Spill

  • Details: This presentation will describe the surface velocity pilot project done with support from the Inland Oil Spill Preparedness Program in 2020. This effort focuses on the development of techniques and methods to measure and map surface velocity vectors over miles of river reach using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) accurately and efficiently with the goal of informing inland oil spill response and cleanup in a rapid response environment. Imagery and video can be captured using sUAS quickly, safely, and with high resolution that when processed, can provide accurate orthophotos and overlapping video of the subject river reach. Video can then be processed using Large Scale Particle Image Velocimetry software to provide robust measures of the surface velocity vector field in the river. This presentation is targeted to describe the methods that have been developed, the field effort required for a response, and the timeline in which this information can be compiled and presented for support in response activities.

  • Presenters: Brandon T. Forbes and Geoff DeBenedetto (USGS)

  • Recorded: March 17, 2021

  • Duration: 62 Minutes

Responder Wellness

  • Details: In this webinar, participants will discuss responder wellness and the importance of taking care of ourselves; learn basic principles about mental health, signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses, what you can do if you are concerned about someone’s mental health; and resources available to get help, including Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

  • Presenters: Gabrielle Fisher and Franco Paolino (USNPS), and Katherine Korte (USFWS)

  • Recorded: December 15, 2020

  • Duration: 67 Minutes

The DOI/FWS Roles & Responsibilities During a Spill Response

  • Details: The National Response System (NRS) is all about being ready to save lives, property, and natural resources when there is an oil spill or release of hazardous materials. Department of Interior Bureaus have a role in this, for example, managing offshore oil development, migratory bird populations, managing National Parks or National Wildlife Refuges and leasing mineral development on public lands each may come into play in the National Response System during a spill response. Each bureau has an opportunity to carry their respective mandates better through the NRS, plus a responsibility to support major national responses with agency assets coordinating through the NRS. Following this presentation, you will have a better understanding of your agency’s responsibilities during a spill response.

  • Presenters: Felix Lopez

  • Recorded: May 19, 2021

  • Duration: 85 Minutes

Tribal Perspectives on Cultural Resources During Oil Spill Response

  • Details: Tribal perspectives on cultural resources are often not well understood by oil spill response personnel. During this presentation, Tribal representatives will discuss how to understand tribal cultural resources and how OSCs and Response personnel can work with Tribes during oil spill planning and response to protect tribal cultural resources from damage. Such collaboration is important to ensuring that the On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) meets their legal responsibilities with Tribal Officials as part of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966. The presentation may be of interest to cultural resource professionals, Tribal representatives, and members of the spill response community.

  • Presenters: Shasta C. Gaughen, PhD, Environmental Director/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pala Band of Mission Indians

  • Recorded: August 25, 2021

  • Duration: 64 Minutes

Two Hawaiian Case Studies: The Arizona Memorial, a wetland and sea urchins to the rescue

  • Details: Inland Oil Spill for DOI Response Webinar Series: In this webinar, two case studies from Hawaii will be presented. One for a pipeline spill into Pearl Harbor and the restoration plans we have conducted to repair the Arizona Memorial, clean up mangroves near a refuge, build a wetland for a State Refuge and create artificial islands for nesting endangered Hawaiian Stilts. The second will be the grounding of a bulk cement carrier on a coral reef near the deep-water port on Oahu that destroyed 19 acres of coral. We have done compensatory restoration on a different reef which was being covered with invasive algae by using a "super-sucker" dredge with divers pulling algae and putting it in the vacuum hose of the dredge. We also established a sea urchin nursery to grow urchins to out plant on the reef to keep the algae under control after pulling most of the algae by hand and using the dredge. These are two unique accidents with a lot of interest and inventive restoration techniques.

  • Presenters: D. Michael Fry, PhD (USFWS)

  • Recorded: June 16, 2021

  • Duration: 56 Minutes