Environment

TOMORROW: 26th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up

TOMORROW: 26th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up

Keepers of the Coast, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting coastal stewardship and the conservation of coastal habitat, is recruiting volunteers to participate in the 26th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up on Saturday, September 17th. This event is spearheaded by the global non-profit Ocean Conservancy.

Lee's Impact Gulf Coast Beaches - TAR

Lee's Impact Gulf Coast Beaches - TAR

While the North East United States are still feeling the impact of the remains of Hurricane Lee with heavy rains and dangerous flooding, the Gulf Coast in Florida and  Alabama are feeling much different effects of the aftermath. The churning storm in the Gulf Waters have cause tar balls to accumulate on the beaches in Florida and Alabama after the rough storm churned up surf along the beaches.

BP Officials and the company claim that it will take days to determine if the oil came from last years massive spill in the Gulf, but locals residents have been skeptical about the extent of the cleanups success, despite the months of cleaning. The express their emotions very honestly in the video above. Despite the "confusion" of where the oil "came from" BP workers used fishing nets to scoop up the tar balls anyway.

This leaves the question, just how much oil remains on the floor of the Gulf, and will The Gulf Beaches and Waters ever be the same after the massive spill?

Churning Tropics Create Dangerous Rip Currents

Churning Tropics Create Dangerous Rip Currents

With Hurricane Season well under way, and the recent activity in the Tropics, State Officials in Florida warn Residents and Visitors of the dangers of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean with strong Rip Currents.

Rip Currents can be 200 to 2,500 feet long but are normally no wider than 30 feet, and can not easily be seen. The current can move more than 5 miles per hour and knock someone off their feet in less than a foot of water.

Rip Currents account for about 80% of beach rescues, and many times people trying to help become victims themselves.

As the tropics churn in the waters of the Atlantic, surf is expected to pick up, and create powerful, dangerous Rip Currents along the coast through Friday.