Alabama Stormwater Partnership
Runoff from stormwater is widely regarded as one of the top threats to water quality throughout the country. The Mobile Bay Watershed, which encompasses the state’s largest urban centers, is experiencing the brunt of this threat in Alabama. Growth and development from areas all over the state are challenging waterway health, water supply and aquatic habitat. Urban stormwater impacts are the leading cause of loss of freshwater biodiversity in many southeastern rivers. Sediment and nutrient pollution, erosion and bank collapses from excessive flows, and dewatering of rivers in dry weather damage aquatic habitats and sensitive species. Other impacts of stormwater runoff locally include flooding, loss of wildlife, degradation of waterways valued for recreation, and reduction of limited drinking water supplies.
Mobile Baykeeper has undertaken the tasks of advocating for stormwater regulatory and policy reform at both the federal and state level, educating the public on the harm to waterways from stormwater pollution, and working for increased Clean Water Act compliance by construction sites operators and other regulated entities. Our goal is to reduce the impacts of construction, municipal and industrial storm water pollution in the Mobile Bay Watershed.
The Alabama Stormwater Partnership was formed in June 2007 at the Alabama Stormwater Summit in Birmingham, AL as a way to organize watershed groups and individual citizens to enact policy change in Alabama through improvements in stormwater law, regulations, and enforcement across the state. Mobile Baykeeper is a founding member and primary coordinator of the Partnership's work. Since its formation, the Partnership has continued advocating for stronger oversight by regulatory authorities by meeting with officials at EPA, ADEM, and local governments as well as providing comments to those agencies on stormwater regulations currently under revision. Members of the Partnership are also heavily involved in educating citizens, developers, and politicians on the problem stormwater pollution poses, primarily focusing on sources of sediment pollution in our waterways and finding ways to stop it, including Muddy Water Watch and Low Impact Design training.