The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last month announced that it would be providing $50,000 each to Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington state and Hawaii to help pay for debris removal.
By RICHARD SIMON
Los Angeles Times
Published: August 15th, 2012 10:32 PM
… But Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, last month called the $50,000 for Alaska “woefully inadequate.” Alaska plans to spend nearly $200,000 alone on a 2,500-mile aerial survey for tsunami debris.
Oregon spent about $85,000 to remove the dock.
NOAA has received hundreds of reports of debris, from bottles to boats, but traced only 10 items definitively back to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. Debris has included a soccer ball found in Alaska and a shipping crate containing a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that washed up in British Columbia.
Havel said that more debris is showing up off the Oregon coast.
He said more debris usually turns up in winter…