From 9:15 this morning:
The Unified Command is working with Ventura County in response to tar balls washing ashore. Shoreline assessment and cleanup has been initiated for urban beaches.
Shoreline cleanup assessment teams are evaluating Ventura beaches identified as environmentally or culturally sensitive. This is nesting season for endangered snowy plovers; responders are taking great care to clean the areas without affecting the birds. Because of snowy plover presence over large areas of beach in Ventura, the speed of cleanup may be affected to prevent disturbance.
In addition to tarball sightings in Ventura County, sightings occurred on Los Angeles County beaches. Sampling occurred at all affected beaches in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Oil fingerprint analysis reports are pending.
At this time only El Capitan and Refugio State Beaches are closed. Agencies responding to the spill have surveyed 37.45 miles of shoreline and find 27.90 miles are "impacted" by the spill so far. Dive teams have been deployed to survey the ocean floor "for submerged oil that may have been deposited during the initial days of the incident." When the teams are finished with the surveys, and clean up plan will be created to remove any oil on the ocean floor.
WILDLIFE IMPACTS: As of this morning the following is being reported:
Live birds recovered - 46
Dead birds recovered - 22
Live mammals recovered - 30
Dead mammals recovered - 14
The wildlife recovery teams are continuing to rescue animals impacted by the spill, and it is reiterated "the public should not attempt to rescue oiled wildlife. Untrained individuals who attempt to rescue wildlife may cause more harm than good and may injure themselves in the process."
Report oiled wildlife sightings to: 1-877-823-6926
Other information regarding "recovered material"
Oiled vegetation: 300 cubic yards
Oiled sand: 390 cubic yards
Oiled soil: 3,348 cubic yards
Oily water mixture: 11,600 gallons