By: Dianna Parker
The State of Alabama now has a plan that will help state and local officials, along with federal partners, respond to acute waterway debris releases from hurricanes and other natural disasters or man-made incidents. The NOAA Marine Debris Program today released the Alabama Incident Waterway Debris Response Plan and Field Guide, the first in a planned series of state plans intended to improve preparedness and facilitate a coordinated, well-managed, and immediate response to this type of marine debris.
Marine debris ends up in the ocean every day as a result of littering and poor waste management, but occasionally, large amounts enter nearshore coastal waterways all at once, especially during natural disasters. Abandoned and derelict vessels, construction and demolition debris, and household hazardous waste are just a few of the types of marine debris we find in waterways after a disaster. This debris can be a hazard to navigation, damage habitat, and pose pollution threats.
Check out Alabama’s plan, and then head over to the National Ocean Service’s website to see what else NOS is doing to facilitate preparedness, response, and recovery before, during, and after a hurricane.