Multiple agencies planning tsunami debris responseDebris highlights ongoing marine issues
By Grant Scott-Goforth
EUREKA, Calif. — Well before the predicted arrival of debris, a dock wrenched from Japan's coast during last year's tsunami washed up on an Oregon beach last month, highlighting the need for a coordinated response by local and state agencies.
While officials say there's a slim chance tsunami debris arriving on local shores will reach the disaster level, there are environmental and safety concerns about the flotsam expected to wash up on North Coast beaches over the next several years. As scientists scramble to predict the impact that an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris could have on the North Coast, the state is encouraging public education, and other groups are planning cleanup efforts.