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Oil Spill Update - October 7, 2021
posted on 10/08/2021.

Ocean and wetlands water quality testing started today, results will be shared on our oil spill webpage once they are available.

• City staff continues twice-daily flights utilizing the police helicopter to monitor the oil off our shore.
• A total of 5 aircraft, 18 boats and 750 people are supporting the clean-up efforts along the Orange County coast at this time. Unified Command stated that they anticipate having 1,500 people supporting the clean-up efforts by Wednesday of next week.
• Unified Command announced that approximately 5,544 gallons of oil has been recovered from the water and 12,160 feet of boom has been deployed.
• At this time, 19 oiled birds have been found and are being cleaned. Unfortunately 5 oiled birds have died.
• The Huntington Beach Fire Department continues to monitor the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. At this time, there is no oil within the area.
• Significant cleaning efforts were focused on the Talbert Marsh area today leading to a large improvement in the area. Aerators will be installed to supplement oxygen due to the lack of water flow from the ocean.
• Ocean and wetlands water quality testing was conducted today at 40 sites throughout Huntington Beach. As results are received, we will provide information on our oil spill webpage.
• California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced new opportunities for volunteers to complete clean-up training. The link for more information and to sign-up can be found on our oil spill webpage at

For more oil spill updates as of 10/7:

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