Photo 1: We attempt to keep the clean areas of the shore uncontaminated. The reeds in this photo have been mostly cut down now, as there were pools of oil in between the reeds. The reeds are cut 3 inches below the water surface, so that the plants are not killed, but the trapped oil is released. In the water, you can see black strips - that is "boom", an absorbent material that only soaks up oil, not water.
Photo 2: An example of containment. Just to the right of the large sacks is a black area. That is a heavy oil area. It's been "boomed" off, so that the oil is contained in that area and does not spread. Then, we work to clean that area. In the water you can see the yellow "river boom". It has a plastic coating and a "skirt" under the water that stops the oil from slipping under it.
Photo 3: What the site looks like in the morning, before we get started. It's nice and clean. This beach was classed as a "moderate" at one point, but was brought to a "light" by the time I took the photo. Currently, it's nearly clean with only the rocks left to clean up.
Photo 4: A typical beach at the end of the day. The black "intestines" are the boom that's been dragged back into shore and replaced with the clean stuff. Everyone wears those white suits. If in the water, you wear a white suit, chest waiters, another white suit, a pair of surgerical gloves and a pair of dishwasher clothes which is duct taped to your suits.