A presentation titled ‘USCG Oil-in-Ice Exercises’ will be given at the Inland Seas Education Center, 100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, on Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm. Brian Streichert, Preparedness Specialist for the USCG Sector Sault Ste. Marie, MI will be presenting on the U.S. Coast Guard exercises in the Straits of Mackinac, Alaska, and Rhode Island from 2001-2016 to identify, test, and validate oil-in-ice recovery equipment and strategies. The seminar is free of charge.
Oil-in-ice recovery capability in open water was an identified gap by USCG Research and Development. The selected venues provided ideal training environments, and moreover, each venue offered realistic oil spill risks to the environment. The presenter will share the equipment and strategies that were tested and will discuss lessons learned from each respective exercise to include identification of what worked well as well as additional challenges in oil-in-ice recovery in open water.
This is the third presentation in the Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) 2017 Seminar Series. Last month, Bruce Lynn from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum shared the story of the The Wreck of the Schooner Nelson. Mark Breederland from Michigan Sea Grant Extension will present on the Boardman River Selective Fish Passage National Demonstration in April.
More information on ISEA’s seminar programs can be found on their website.