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As we all know, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We received significant oil on the beach and in the water in June and July. However, since the well was capped in mid-July, no new oil has flowed into the Gulf and our impact has been minimal. Stormy weather in the Gulf does bring sporadic oil onto the beaches, but to date, that has been easy to clean and does not occur after the storm has passed.
- The Alabama Department of Public Health lifted all swimming advisories in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan on July 30. However, the department warns that there may still be sporadic oil on or near the beaches and discourages individuals from entering the water if there is visible oil present. Click here to read the press release published by the health department.
- Wind and wave action are the primary factors affecting where remaining emulsified oil appears. Cleaning machines continue to rake the beaches nightly and officials are researching which long-term cleaning techniques will be the most effective.
- The following back bay areas are open to boaters, but an ”Idle Speed Only, No Wake” order is in effect until further notice: Alabama waters south of a line running from the southernmost tip of Bear Point to the eastern shore of the mouth of Ono Harbor. This includes Bayou St. John, Terry Cove, Terry Cove Harbor, Cotton Bayou (including the Cotton Bayou boat launch), Perdido Pass and all canals entering these waters. Areas not listed here remain closed to all recreational vessels and watercraft.
- On August 16th, all Alabama state waters were re-opened for recreational and commercial fishing. In addition, the area north of Fort Morgan is also open to shrimping. State waters [Read more...]
Yesterday BP demonstrated the new state-of-the-art “Sand Shark” in Orange Beach. This machine goes down 18″ into the sand to pick up sand and any debrit within. Then the sand passes through the various components of the machine to remove debris and deposits the sand back on the beach. This machine will be cleaning the beaches of Alabama, with more ordered for Florida and Mississippi.