NOAA Release Texas Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program is pleased to release the “Texas Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide: Comprehensive Guidance Document” (Texas Guide), the final emergency response guide for the Gulf of Mexico states.

The Texas Guide is a product of a collaborative process with local, state, and federal agencies. The Guide aims to improve preparedness for response and recovery operations following an acute waterway debris incident in coastal Texas.

Marine debris ends up in the ocean every day as a result of littering and poor waste management. Occasionally, such as during natural disasters, large amounts of debris enter nearshore coastal waterways all at once. Disaster-related debris can include abandoned and derelict vessels, construction and demolition debris, and household hazardous waste, among other types of debris. It can be a hazard to navigation, damage habitat, and pose pollution threats.

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