If you are interested in helping with the San Francisco Bay Oil Spill cleanup efforts, below are some upcoming training sessions provided by the EPA. Please forward this to any friends who could possibly help -- even for just one afternoon.
GET TRAINED & CERTIFIED TO VOLUNTEER ON BEACH CLEAN-UP:
The Department of Fish & Game and Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] are providing training for volunteers:
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00-10:00pm
Saturday, November 17, 8:00am-Noon
Saturday, November 17, 1:00pm-5:00pm
County Fair Building, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park [inside the Lincoln Way and 9th Avenue entrance to GG Park] San Francisco
The Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] will provide training to certify volunteers for participation in San Francisco and Bay Area beach cleanups. The training will include instruction and safety guidelines necessary for successful cleanup of beach-related hazardous waste operations. The certification training will allow volunteers to take part in organized beach cleanups for the duration of the recovery effort. Volunteers who participate in beach cleanups must be able to lift five pounds and be comfortable working on their feet for extended periods.
The public is still urged to avoid oil impacted areas and wildlife that are affected, as untrained people can cause further damage to the environment and stress on the wildlife. The public is also reminded that allowing your dogs to run on impacted beaches will create even greater stress for injured wildlife by forcing birds back into the cold water. Concerned citizens should call 415-701-2311 to report any sightings of oiled wildlife.
The rescue of oiled wildlife requires significant training to avoid further injury to birds, other animals or volunteers themselves. The state wildlife rehabilitation center in Cordelia has limited opportunity for volunteers [in Cordelia only] for tasks such as cage cleaning, and other general support of rehabilitation processes. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and in good health, and are required to participate in training. Information regarding these opportunities can be found at http://www.owcn.org or by calling 800-228-4544.
Approaching oiled animals will often result in driving them back to contaminated water where they are exposed to greater risk and out of reach of rescuers. You CAN help affected wildlife by immediately calling 877-823-6926.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
MundiMuster! Oil Spill Cleanup Certification
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