By Brook Beeler, communication manager, Eastern Regional Office
Lower Granite Lock and Dam at Boyer Park and Marina on the Snake River.
part of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) multi-agency training exercise to
practice containing and recovering oil and other hazardous materials that
potentially spill into the river. No oil will be released during the drill. The
river will remain open to boaters and river traffic. The best time to watch is
from noon to 2 p.m. from the north shore of the river at Boyer Park.
goal is to foster close working relationships with all cooperating agencies in
the instance of a spill,” said Sara White of the USACE Environmental Compliance
Office for the Lower Granite Project. “We have 28 people, six watercraft, and
two spill trailers ready for this practical hands-on training exercise.”
Corps of Engineers is hosting the training exercise. Washington Department of
Ecology staff will participate
in the training. County sheriffs, emergency management, and fire and oil spill
response agencies from Whitman, Garfield, Nez Perce, and Asotin Counties plan
Every year Ecology handles 3,800 reports of oil and hazardous material spills and mounts 1,200 field responses to incidents that threaten public health, safety and the environment.
Spill response training exercises form part of Ecology’s ongoing commitment to ensure
a rapid, aggressive and well-coordinated response to incidents that pose an
immediate threat to public health, safety and the environment.
For more information, see Ecology Spill
Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program.