I heard this story last night on All Things Considered. There's a group called Matter of Trust that uses discarded hair and nylon stockings to create "hair sausages" to absorb and contain oil slicks.
So, hair salons of Hudson, will you donate our severed tresses to help clean up the Gulf Coast?
I'll have to find out if they can use dog hair. William is shedding at a remarkable rate now that the warm weather is upon us.
ADDENDUM: Here's the link to the New York Times article mentioned by Peter in his comment.