Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with federal and local partners are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.
As a reserve within the Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas division of DEP, Rookery Bay NERR is conducting “pre-event” research to have updated and extensive data regarding water quality, species counts and other related environmental factors. Rookery Bay NERR scientists and researchers are conducting this work. In addition, planning, mapping and training procedures are being reviewed and prepared.
The threat of an impact on our environment is a good reminder of how important this ecosystem is to all of us. To learn more about the Friends of Rookery Bay and how we support the mission of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, visit www.rookerybay.org/become-a-member/friends-of-rookery-bay.
Good sources for additional and ongoing information: