Volunteers are needed in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes for the Marine Debris Marking and Mapping Project on Calcasieu Lake, Moss Lake and West Cove from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.
Hurricane Rita scattered residential, industrial and vegetative debris throughout the estuary system, creating a hazard for recreational and commercial boaters, and their vessels and gear.
In an attempt to make the lake safer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Lake Charles Power Squadron and the LSU Ag Center have teamed up to locate and mark as much of this marine debris as possible.
Volunteers will be provided with maps and markers and will travel in their own boats to assigned areas of the lake to make visual surveys. They will mark floating debris with buoys, and submerged debris will be marked with PVC pipe.
Volunteers will remove any small debris they can safely bring to shore and will be asked to write down the location of any remaining large debris they encounter. This information will be used for mapping and future cleanup efforts.
Marked positions will be posted on the Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site at http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpgulf/cpgulf.htm , and on the Louisiana Sea Grant Web site at www.laseagrant.org/debris . Additionally, lake users are asked to visit the Louisiana Sea Grant site to report the location of any dangerous marine debris they have encountered.
Registered volunteers will be treated to lunch and drinks courtesy of the Lake Charles Pilots. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the Calcasieu Point Landing at 3955 Henry Pugh Blvd. in Lake Charles to register and pick up supplies.
This effort is made possible with involvement of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey with the funding and support of NOAA's Marine Debris Program, which is part of the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (National Ocean Service). The NOAA Marine Debris Program works with other NOAA offices and partners to support national, state, local and international efforts to protect and conserve our nation's natural resources and coastal waterways from the impacts of marine debris.
For more information, contact Tim Osborn at Tim.Osborn@noaa.gov  or 337-291-1111; Justin Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org  or 225-578-6348; or Paula Ouder at email@example.com  or 225-578-6451; or visit www.laseagrant.org/debris .