Governor Kitzhaber Thursday formed a Tsunami Debris Response Task Force to coordinate the spotting and ultimate removal of Japanese debris from coastal beaches and waterfronts.
Governor Kitzhaber appointed Oregon National Guard General Mike Caldwell to lead the task force in its mission to deal with what may turn out to be quite an onslaught of everything from more floating docks to endless streams of styrofoam.
General Caldwell said he will be coordinating debris recovery between local, regional, state and federal agencies. He said the task force will be the main point of contact for debris reporting and for evaluating any potential threats from invasive species to perhaps explosives that may have survived the over 6,000 mile journey it traversed.
General Caldwell emphasized that efficient and timely communications between agencies and with the public will be maintained throughout the term of the task force.
General Cantwell reported that anyone finding debris on any Oregon beach will be able to call two numbers to report debris: 211, and 800-723-3638.
The task force is made up of members from Oregon State Parks, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Health Department, ODOT, the Marine Board and members of local governments, state lawmakers, community organizations and federal agencies.