How You Can Help
The OSATF's primary purpose is to provide scientific
expertise and data to local, state, and federal agencies focused on
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. However, in an effort to help the
many citizens who want to help, below are some links to citizen response
efforts. indicates a recently added link.
Citizen Information and Response Efforts
Riverkeeper Deepwater Horizon Spill Response: The non-governmental
response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impact for Franklin
- BP Vessels of Opportunity - BP's response to the Gulf oil spill has a growing contingent of fishermen and boaters from communities along the Gulf shoreline participating in BP's "Vessel of Opportunity" program. To qualify, operators need to meet several key requirements, including attending a four-hour training session, passing a dockside examination by the U.S. Coast Guard, and meeting crewing requirements based on the size of the vessel provided.
Sea Grant extension service personnel who can be contacted
for information about citizen initiatives.
- ProtectingOurWaters.org - an educational website produced by the Divisions of Water Resource Management Division and Environmental Assessment and Restoration of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Volunteers can support the oil cleanup effort through appropriate
activities such as Coast Watch, pre-oil landfall beach cleanups,
fundraising, and meeting other needs of responding organizations.
The information on this website features events happening as links
to other websites with volunteer opportunities.
- Wakulla County Oil Spill Emergency Management: Information about the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill updated on a daily basis.