Gulf Monitoring Consortium
In April 2011, SouthWings, along with SkyTruth and the Waterkeeper Alliance, formed the Gulf Monitoring Consortium: an innovative partnership that is systematically monitoring pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf region with satellite images and mapping, aerial reconnaissance and photography, combined with on-the-ground and on-the-water observation and sampling. Gulf Coast based Waterkeeper Alliance members participating in the GMC include Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper, Mobile Baykeeper, and Suncoast Waterkeeper. In 2013, the Consortium expanded to include Gulf Restoration Network, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Public Lab.
The Consortium’s long-term goal is to reduce pollution by ensuring that industry and government pollution reports are accurate, credible and understandable, so that the true state of pollution related to energy development is widely acknowledged and incorporated into public policy and decision-making.
Since forming, the Consortium has exposed systematic non-reporting and underreporting of oil pollution in the Gulf, inadequacies in the government’s reporting and response mechanisms, and lack of hurricane preparedness in the Gulf’s oil and petrochemical industries. To learn more about this work, visit the Gulf Monitoring Consortium website.
Click on the covers below to read the Consortium’s reports.