Oil spill community volunteers are now registered


Workers on CdM State Beach monitoring the oil spill amid ongoing cleanup efforts / Drone photo by Richard Simon

The United Command leading the oil spill response has approved the use of community volunteers to help with the effort.

Community volunteers must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Be prepared to follow County Public Health COVID procedures.

To register, visit https://calspillwatch.wildlife.ca.gov/Volunteer.

To reach the volunteer hotline, call (800) 228-4544.

Additionally, Newport Beach and other coastal towns are partnering with Surfrider to help coordinate beach-related volunteer opportunities that don’t involve direct oil cleanup. Register on www.cleanups.surfrider.org be informed of future opportunities.

Members of the public not participating in the volunteer program are asked to avoid assisting in cleaning up polluted areas.

Members of the public are also advised to avoid contact with oiled wildlife. If anyone encounters oiled wildlife, please call (877) 823-6926. Stay away from tidal pools and other sensitive wildlife habitat.

For more information and updates, please visit the official Incident Response website at: www.socalspillresponse.com.

A berm is draped over the entrance to Newport Harbor to prevent oil from entering the harbor / drone photo by Richard Simon


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