An Oil Spill Is No Day at the Beach

Oiled beach north of Blind Pass, Treasure Island, Florida on August 15, 1993.
Oiled beach north of Blind Pass, Treasure Island, Florida on August 15, 1993.

An Oil Spill Is No Day at the Beach

April 4, 2016

When oil spills foul our coasts, wildlife is not the only thing that suffers. The public can lose access to beaches, fishing, boating, and other recreational activities for a long time. Working with our partners, NOAA measures the impacts to wildlife, habitat, and humans. And, we ensure that those responsible for the pollution pay for projects to restore what was lost, which includes making up for lost days at the beach.

The week of April 4th we will be posting a series of stories regarding the public’s lost use of nature stemming from oil spills, hazardous waste discharges, and vessel groundings. We will cover: