Oil spills workshop set for Feb. 20-21

Alaska Sea Grant will host a workshop at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage Feb. 20-21 on learning from environmental spills such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster and how to prepare for such incidents in future years.

The workshop is part of a national series sponsored by the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program to improve community preparedness for oil spills. This collaboration of the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and Sea Grant programs around the country will feature discussion on oil spills, public health, social disruption and economic impact.

The workshop is free, but space is limited and online registration is required at seagrant.uaf.edu/events/ssl/register.php?id=358

The list of presenters includes Scott Pegau of the Prince William Sound Science Center, Gunnar Knapp, retired executive director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute for Social and Economic Research; Patience Andersen-Faulkner, Jeremy Robida, and Robert Archibald, both of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council; Molly McCammon, of the Alaska Ocean Observing System.

Further details are at the above website.