Hurricane Florence did not directly impact the Gulf Coast, but this catastrophic storm highlighted critical weaknesses of coal ash ponds in coastal areas. This summer we caught up on coal ash and explained the dangers of this toxic material including the grave dangers of having a coal ash pond in a floodplain near the coast just upstream of Mobile Bay. Today we look at the threats of coal ash pollution in a post-Florence world.
Mobile Baykeeper submitted a comment letter on the study released by the Corps on the Mobile Ship Channel expansion project. The letter was on behalf of Mobile Baykeeper’s 4,500 members, Board, the Peninsula of Mobile, and Conservation Alabama. Hundreds of community members, several community groups, and local scientists also submitted their own comment letters. The common thread among the letters was the need for the Corps to address major flaws in the study to ensure our natural resources are protected.
The Corps is studying plans to deepen and widen the Mobile Ship Channel. Currently the study concludes “no impacts” will result from deepening and widening the Mobile Ship Channel. After speaking with local experts, community members, and doing our own research - the study is inadequate and likely underestimates the impacts to our precious natural resources. We need you to take action and submit comments by 5pm, Monday Sept 17th.
The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a public meeting on the proposed deepening and widening of the Mobile Harbor Ship Channel on Sept. 11th. Check out these talking points so you can come to the meeting prepared. Your attendance is important!
We had an incredible trio of Patrol interns this summer - Catie, Madison, and Blake - who were each a huge asset to the Baykeeper team. Learn more about them below:
SWAMP AmeriCorps Members Angelica Howard and Leslie Revel recount their experience educating students on watersheds and water quality over the past 9 months of their term.
We're excited to welcome Sarah Asher to our team as our GIS intern for this summer. Read more about in this edition of “Meet the Intern”.
Everything you need to know about Swim Guide, water quality testing, bacteria levels, and more.
Baykeeper cancels event due to high bacteria levels on Fly Creek and thunderstorms in the forecast.
AmeriCorps Patrol Members Ellie Mallon and Diego Calderon-Arrieta recount their experience as Patrol & Monitoring Members at the end of their term.
Meet Sydnie and Jacob, our Communications Interns for Summer 2018.
Ready to join the Baykeeper team and promote our work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities? Applications open until August 17.
A letter from Executive Director & Baykeeper Casi (kc) Callaway reflecting on her 20 years protecting the Mobile Bay Watershed as we celebrate her 20th Anniversary this month.
If the dam broke, it would release more than 21 million tons of toxic coal ash into the heart of the Delta, a volume 20 times larger than the oil spilled from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster. We don’t want to see another disaster strike the Gulf Coast. Covering this leaking unlined pond near the Mobile River is irresponsible and threatens the health of our community, economy, and environment.
We are now hiring AmeriCorps Members for the 2018-2019 term to fill positions covering Baykeeper Patrol, SWAMP, and Volunteer Engagement Programs.
Everything you need to know before attending Bay Bites Food Truck Festival on July 25.
From participating in the world’s largest fishing tournament and sampling local food truck fare to enjoying the arts and spending time on the water, the next few weeks offer plenty of ways for you to get involved, give back, and have fun as you enjoy the last few weeks of summer.
The Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council is hosting a back to basics, in-depth discussion on restoration on Wednesday, July 18th. This workshop will teach you how the Trustees, as well as our state and federal agencies are working to restore the Gulf with oil spill funding.
One of our main findings in the coal ash report was groundwater pollution at Plant Barry, located on the Mobile River in the heart of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.
Highlighting a weekend full of hard work and determination!
Under the terms of the partnership, Baykeeper staff will sample bacteria levels from Magnolia River on a minimum weekly basis from now through the end of September.
Meet our rockstar interns who help us with all things development, membership, and administration - Emilee, Kendall, and Mary Catherine.
Our goal in this campaign is simple - we want Alabama Power to do the right thing and move the coal ash out of our water.
Ready to leave that boring desk job behind and start a career that makes a difference? We’re growing fast and need someone to take us where we need to go. Are you up for the challenge?
We’re excited to welcome Cece Pless to the Baykeeper Intern team this summer. A native of Alabama, Cece is working with us through the Patagonia Internship Program.
Three test results from ADEM (which we have solely relied on in the past) and our most updated tests show bacteria levels are now SAFE for swimming. Racer safety is our top priority and we would NOT go forth with the swim if we didn’t feel confident in these results.
We will make a final water quality decision for the Publix Grandman Triathlon at 5 p.m. Please stay tuned for results
Today we will make the final decision on whether or not we will go through with the swim portion of the Publix Grandman Triathlon, based on the test results we receive. The health and safety of our racers is our top priority - and we will not take any risks.
Mobile Baykeeper’s number one priority is the safety and health of our members and the community. We will always defer to the more protective test results and therefore at this time we are still advising swimmers to exercise caution at the Fairhope Beach.
Mobile Baykeeper is an environmental community organization working to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health, and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities.
Did you miss Bay Awakening this year? Watch our video - "Protecting What You Love: Mobile Bay" to learn more about how we protect what you love and work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities!
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