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BP subcontractors lay boom on the Choctawhatchee Bay

Boom near Clyde B Wells Bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway BP sub contractors deployed more than 8,100 ft. of boom on the Choctawhatchee Bay June 19, 2010. The boom was placed along the Intracoastal Waterway channel near the Clyde B. Wells bridge. Within the last 48 hours Walton County laid 9,300 feet of boom in the Choctawhatchee Bay as a proactive, precautionary measure. By this evening they will have staged an additional 5,000- 6,000 which will bring the total to 14,300-...

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge designated contact for oiled Wildlife in Walton County

Currently donations and supplies along with volunteers to answer phones are most needed To report oiled or injured wildlife in an area after it has been designated as oiled, call 800-557-1401 Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is now the point of contact for local response to oiled wildlife in the Walton County area. They have put in a request with BP’s training coordinator to conduct volunteer training for the general public in our area, but have not received a response as yet. There...

Beach wrack full of curiosities

That bunch of seaweed on the beach teems with life When walking the beach this spring break, pause and ponder the virtues of stranded seaweed. Those scattered clumps along the high-tide line actually have a name – beach wrack – and are a pivotal part of the beach ecosystem. “Many might think sand makes a beach, but it’s the wrack that truly brings a beach to life,” said Blair Witherington, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist who...