Improving Oil Spill Preparedness and Response in Santa Barbara

April 5, 2019 – Santa Barbara, CA

This day-long workshop convened practitioners and stakeholders to address social and economic dimensions of oil spills, public health, public communication, spill prevention, and identify research needs for future oil spill response. Attendees reviewed challenges faced and lessons learned from the 2015 Refugio spill and discuss improvements in future oil spill response.

Check out the agenda here. Discussion topics included the following:

1. Suggested protocols to include in existing response and regulatory frameworks
2. Pilot project ideas that address local, state or regional issues
3. Research and outreach priorities
4. List of available resources to address issues

Questions: Dr. Marika Schulhof, USC Sea Grant, mschulho@usc.edu

Featured image: Oil on the beach at Refugio State Park in Santa Barbara, California, on May 19, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard)