US Coast Guard responding to marine pollution incidents caused by Hurricane Ida in southeastern Louisiana

US Coast Guard Lieutenant (junior grade) Nathaniel Sudkamp and Lieutenant (junior grade) Jacob Quesnell discuss the salvage plans for crewboats and fleet barges on the Mississippi River with Randy Bullard, a certified marine surveyor, in Ama, Louisiana. The coast guard continues to assess damage and environmental threats across southeast Louisiana post-Hurricane Ida. (Photo: US Coast Guard)

The US Coast Guard is continuing to assess the damage and environmental threats across southeastern Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

The coast guard said it is receiving and investigating all reports made to the National Response Center (NRC) and continues to identify and prioritise threats to the environment and navigable waterways through overflights and surface inspections of areas impacted by the storm.

The coast guard is working closely with the State of Louisiana, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Environmental Quality to respond to reports of pollution.

To date, 826 reports of pollution in southeatern Louisiana have been assessed. Of these, 454 reports are where the coast guard is actively supervising the mitigation efforts that are being carried out by responsible parties.

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