About 60 environmental workers who respond to spills will gather today at Richland's Columbia Point Marina Park to practice their skills.
They will include staff from the Washington State Departments of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources.
Teams will use global positioning systems, among other tools, to practice their ability to make assessments of spills. Early assessment in a real environmental incident are important to determine how much oil has spilled, the equipment that should be deployed and the strategies to protect natural resources.
The Department of Ecology receives almost 4,000 reports of hazardous material spills a year.