Monday, May 03, 2010

Bucket Brigade map of the Gulf

 from NOLA dot com:

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade has created an "Oil Spill Crisis Map'' that will allow Gulf Coast residents to report fishermen out of work, endangered wildlife, oil on shore, oil sheens and other impacts of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Citizen reports can be submitted via text message, the web or e-mail. Those reports will appear on a web-based map of the Gulf Coast, the Bucket Brigade said in a news release today.

"The Oil Spill Crisis Map compiles and maps eyewitness accounts of the oil's effects in real time," said Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. "This is a tool for all of us to understand the extent of the damage."  


The map can be viewed at


The news release said reports can also be made at that site. Mobile phone users can text reports to 504. 27 27 OIL. Reports can also be sent to and through Twitter with the hashtag #BPspillmap. Eyewitness reports for the map require a description, and location information such as address, city and state, zip-code or coordinates. Citizen reporters can remain anonymous or disclose their contact information. Photos and video can be uploaded via the web.


Tulane University graduate students, Louisiana Bucket Brigade staff and California-based Radical Designs partnered to create the map, the news release said.


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