From the Field: An update on activities from Marine Safety Unit Duluth

>MSU Duluth receives partnership award from Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

MSU Duluth and its Western Lake Superior Area Maritime Security Committee were selected for the 2009 Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Award of Excellence for Outstanding Partnership. In recognition of their superior performance, they directed historic and substantial changes in the Port Security Grant Program arguably during the most dynamic period in the grant’s history as the port upgraded their FEMA designation to a Group II port area. This tier change allowed for port ownership of grant funds and drastically changed funding initiatives from that of individuals to a port-wide security strategy. Congratulations on a job well done!

MSU Duluth staff nominated for Federal Executive Board of Minnesota’s Civil Servant of the Year:

Ms. Sandra Trianoski, Executive Assistant; and Mr. Warren LaPlante, Port Security Specialist were finalists for Federal Executive Board of Minnesota’s Civil Servant of the Year. This program honors outstanding Minnesota Federal employees who have demonstrated exceptional performance and dedication as a public servant during Fiscal Year 2009. Congratulations to them both!

Houghton, MI Spill Site Remediation:

May 29, 2010: MSU Duluth received notification of an oil sheen in the Portage River near Houghton, Michigan. The Pollution Investigation team arrived on scene and discovered an oil dump site near the seawall which then leached out into the ship canal. U.P. Environmental was contracted to begin containment of the oil and removal of all contaminated soil.Heavy equipment was used to remove 16 yards of soil and pooled oil product from the site. On May 6, MSU Duluth personnel turned over the long term mitigation to U.S. Environmental Pollution Agency and Michigan DNRE.

River Quest:

The St. Louis River Quest is an educational offering put together by the Port Authority of Duluth with coordination from the Duluth School District. Children from schools in Duluth spend 3 hours aboard a Vista Fleet vessel in a floating class room learning about environmental stewardship, and gain insights into the dynamic of a shipping port—the industrial, commercial and recreational activities in the Duluth-Superior harbor. During the 2010 St. Louis River Quest, 5 Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth personnel, 3 Coast Guard Auxiliary members, and Station Duluth educated over 1,013 students on the effects of oil spills in the marine environment as well as Boating Safety.

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