IDDE Training 2020

Floatables in Opelika

Floatable materials (aka debris or trash) is defined by the BEACH Act (2000) to mean any foreign matter that may float or remain suspended in water. This includes plastic, aluminum, wood, bottles or paper.

Floatable debris causes serious wildlife and fish problems such as reproductive issues, habitats destroyed and species extermination. Human impacts include loss of income in mechanical repairs, beaches requiring clean-up staff and the loss of income in the tourist and fishing industry.

Over 200 individual water bodies in seven states, including Alaska, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland and New York, have been listed for trash, debris or floatables since 1996.

In 1987, Congress approved the MARPOL treaty and enacted domestic legislation known as the Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act, which prohibits any ship in U.S. waters from dumping waste, oil, fuel, plastics or any debris considered a pollutant.

Pollution is a common concern for homeowners, residents and business owners in every town.

Each year millions of cubic yards of litter and floatables are discharged into parks, lakes, rivers and bays. In Alabama, Mobile is the #1 city in Alabama suffering from floatable trash.

The BEST method to alleviate trash is stopping trash at its source; the human being.  This means YOU.

The Clean Water Act provides regulatory tools for states, tribes and local government to address aquatic trash. However, personal responsibility cannot be legislated.

Look at the following 10 pictures and then answer the four questions after the pictures to complete your annual IDDE training. (Illicit Discharge Detection and Eradication).

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