The utility has failed to comply with its permit by falsely reporting, failing to report, and underreporting sewer spills into local rivers, creeks, and bays.
Significant problems have plagued oyster harvesting in Portersville Bay for years and water quality remains a major issue in the area. ADEM now has the opportunity to solve many of the problems facing Portersville Bay and its water quality issues affecting oyster harvesting. This can only take place if ADEM works with other agencies, local businesses – especially the seafood industry and aquaculture – and local citizens and includes all relevant studies and data in the permitting process.
On September 19, we filed a 60-day notice of intent (NOI) to sue Daphne Utilities for several violations under the Clean Water Act, including falsely reporting sewer spills and failing to report sewer spills. Learn everything you need to know about this pending lawsuit in our "Frequently Asked Questions" blog.
This fall we're excited to welcome Olivia Mott as our Program Intern. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Marine Conservation and Resource Management at the University of South Alabama.
The Bayou La Batre sewer plant NPDES permit is being reissued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). The public can comment on this permit until Friday 11/10.
Mobile Baykeeper is writing comments centered around one main idea; the permit needs to be protective of oyster farming!
We encourage you to submit your own comments about the permit to ADEM.
We are looking to hire a dedicated and ambitious, self-starter who is innovative in helping us run the business side of Mobile Baykeeper. This is a full-time, 40+ hour/week position. Must be available to work occasional nights and weekends.
Thanks to the amazing response from the community and comments by Mobile Baykeeper the project was modified. The sewer line that is now in place was "hung" from the County Road 32 bridge, where a break or spill would be obvious and quickly fixed, a WIN for clean water and Fish River community members! This victory is clear proof that YOU can affect change!
Three and a half years ago, Nickelle Stoll joined the Mobile Baykeeper team just in midst of the craziness that is the Publix Grandman Triathlon – and we didn’t scare her away! She started at Baykeeper as our Partnership Coordinator before moving into the Operations Manager position while also serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for our fundraising events.
As Operations Manager, she’s been a constant champion of our work, the joy of our team, and has threaded everything together to keep us learning and growing bigger and better each year. She has always kept us in line, dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s while working quietly behind the scenes to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible around the office.
We are very sad (and a little terrified) to see her go, but she has decided to shift positions to work in a similar role for the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyer’s Program. We know she’s moving to a team that needs her and we feel confident that she will continue to grow and thrive in the future.
Nickelle and her incredible family - Spencer, William, and Dan - will remain vital and well-loved members of the Baykeeper team and we know they always remain an integral part of our larger Baykeeper family in the future. We are working on setting a date and time to celebrate Nickelle and her years of dedication to Baykeeper, and as soon as we have something confirmed, we will let you know. She will be with us for a few more weeks before transitioning to her new position, so please feel free to reach out to her and share how much she has meant to you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now Hiring: Operations Manager
Nickelle’s shoes will be very hard to fill, but now we are beginning the search for a new candidate. Please click here to view the official position announcement so that we can begin working to replace her. If you know anyone that would be a good fit for this position, please encourage them to apply. Please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. For more information, call the office at 251-433-4229.