Water Quality Update Round 2: Reasons Why Our Test Results Are Different than ADEM's.

Water Quality Update Round 2: Reasons Why Our Test Results Are Different than ADEM's.

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.

Breach Discovered in Fairhope Sewage Outfall Line

Breach Discovered in Fairhope Sewage Outfall Line

Thanks to the help of a number of concerned citizens, the City of Fairhope recently discovered a breach in the outfall line from the sewage treatment plant. This is alarming because the breach is allowing treated sewage to discharge approximately 475 feet from the shore into Mobile Bay in only 3-4 feet of water.

Alabama Summer Recreation Season Begins Today Despite Sewage Threats

Alabama Summer Recreation Season Begins Today Despite Sewage Threats

Though millions of Alabamians are ready for summer outdoor recreation, their nearby sewage treatment facilities may not be. Alabama still lacks comprehensive regulations for minimum standards of public notification when sewage spills occur.

6 Ways to Get Involved this Earth Day Weekend

6 Ways to Get Involved this Earth Day Weekend

In honor of Earth Day, our local community is booming with fun experiences this upcoming weekend - including art gallery openings, litter cleanups, nature exhibits, and community festivals. 

5 Reasons You Should Attend Bay Awakening on April 13

5 Reasons You Should Attend Bay Awakening on April 13

With a special invocation from Mayor Sandy Stimpson, a trio of well-known panelists, the release of a short film, and special offers up for grabs, there are plenty of reasons why you need to attend Bay Awakening this year. 

Recap of Our First Apple Snail Roundup of the Year 

First Apple Snail Roundup of the Year

By: Sarah Hogan, AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Member

We were greeted with a beautiful day on Saturday March 24 to launch our first Apple Snail Roundup of 2018. There were many familiar faces and lots of new ones who came out to help us remove apple snails from Langan Park.

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Because the temperatures are cooler this time of year compared to the summer months, not as many snails were out and active. They avoid the cold by staying in deeper water and reducing their activity levels. However, this did not prevent our group from collecting 462 snails and 660 egg clusters! What a great effort by our incredible volunteers!

This roundup had the added plus of the Goodwill Easter Seals' recycling trailer being on site at Langan Park. As a result, we were able to sort out a significant amount of recyclable materials from our overall collection of litter. There were approximately 450 pieces of trash collected from the park, which could have easily ended up in our waterways if it wasn’t for all of the volunteers who helped do their part.

 

About Apple Snails

Because an invasive species, apple snails have no natural predator in this area. Our goal is to prevent them from spreading further beyond Three Mile Creek into the Mobile River and Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The snails will continue to grow in masses and eat their way through the local vegetation, causing an imbalance to our local ecosystem. One of the most alarming features of the snails is their capability to reproduce several times during our warmer months. The apple snails’ eggs are sticky, smelly, bubble-gum pink and found deposited along the water’s edge.

 Each individual egg cluster can contain hundreds to several thousands of eggs. 

Each individual egg cluster can contain hundreds to several thousands of eggs. 

Extra Incentives

One of our community partners, Red Beard's Outfitters, graciously donated some goodies for a give away! Our volunteers who filled out the event survey were entered into a drawing to receive either a hat, t-shirt, and other gifts from our local outdoor store. Special thanks to our friends at Red Beard's for putting a fun spin on the roundup!  We intend to apply more fun competitive incentives at other events in the future.


At our next cleanup effort, we plan to ‘Plog The Earth’ on April 22 (Earth Day) with our partners Fleet Feet and Serda's Brewing Company. What is plogging? It’s the newest craze which combines jogging and picking up litter! Click the link above to learn more about this exciting event and sign up online. We hope to see you there!

Report: Daphne Utilities Released Bacteria 4000% Above Legal Limit in January

Report: Daphne Utilities Released Bacteria 4000% Above Legal Limit in January

Mobile Baykeeper has once again discovered ongoing violations by Daphne Utilities. With Daphne Utilities releasing nearly three million gallons of partially treated sewage every day in January, the 4000% violation of legally allowable bacteria levels amounts to approximately 4.6 trillion colonies of bacteria above the legal limit being released into Mobile Bay during the month.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of BP Projects Selected for Alabama

Weighing the Pros and Cons of BP Projects Selected for Alabama

The Alabama RESTORE Council recently selected more than $300 million in BP Projects for Coastal Alabama. While we're glad to see many of the projects that were selected, we also feel there was a lot of money that could have been used elsewhere.