This summer, we're thrilled to have SEVEN interns on the Baykeeper Team. Four of them serve as Program Interns, and either specialize in the Patrol & Monitoring or Policy & Legal focus areas. They've been huge assets to the team so far. Welcome Kyle, Ellie, Norman, and Ryan!
Unfortunately, though, we can’t blame this issue on rain alone. As one of the rainiest cities in the country, we need better infrastructure systems in place to withstand the amount of rainfall we receive each year.
We're excited to welcome seven interns to the Baykeeper team this summer, including two interns who are working on our Development Team. Here's a chance to get to know them a little better. Welcome to the team, Allie and Taylor!
Mobile Baykeeper has been the environmental watchdog, informed voice of reason, and a collaborator for solutions for all issues impacting the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities for 20 years. We are excited to have Scott Posey on board to forward our mission and our work for Clean Water, Clean Air, and Healthy Communities.
Mobile Baykeeper’s primary focus in commenting on the 2017 Ambient Air Monitoring Plan is safeguarding the health of citizens living in Coastal Alabama. We believe the protection of human health should be the most important factor driving decisions about ambient air monitoring.
Today we submitted comments on the Draft Future Land Use Plan, Master Street Plan, and Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations as part of the Map for Mobile process. We believe these comments contain suggestions, that if implemented, will improve Mobilians' quality of life, protect our environment, and are very much in keeping with Mayor Stimpson's vision of having the "most family friendly city in America by 2020".
We must remember the summer of 2010, the loss and the fear we felt deep in our souls and the concerns we all shared so that we never allow ourselves to go back to that world. The world didn’t end in 2010, but neither did our work for Clean Water, Clean Air and Healthy Communities.
Citizens living on Hollinger's Island are concerned about current operations at Millard Maritime. Concerns include the facilities storage of up to 40,000 tons of fertilizer on the site and the potential for the fertilizer to impact nearby air and water quality.
The facility now plans to expand those operations. Mobile Baykeeper has submitted comments on behalf of our board, officers, staff and more than 4,500 members regarding two separate permits for the expansions proposed by Millard Maritime.
Baldwin County Sewer Service is proposing to put a sewage line under the Fish River, a river utilized by many community members to recreate and which ultimately flows into Weeks Bay. Mobile Baykeeper and our members have raised significant concerns with this project. Allowing a sewage line under Fish River, would create the potential for a massive sewage spill. Read more to find out how YOU can get involved.
The data from the map shows that between 28.8 million - 42.6 million gallons of sewage overflows were reported in 2016, not including the 9% of spills reported that did not include a volume estimate. However, the true number of spills that actually occurred is far higher than the map indicates as there were many spills that were reported with incomplete data or not reported at all.
This proposed project will not fill any wetlands, which is a major improvement. That being said, the current application still proposes to fill 9.25 acres of waterbottoms, dredge 34,800 cubic yards, and install more bulkheads on Mobile River.
Every new corner I take leads to a magical experience in this wonderful place we call home in Coastal Alabama. As an outsider, it’s incredible, and as someone who is planning on sticking around for a while, I want to help protect what has come to be my favorite part of this area — America’s Amazon!
Today Mobile Baykeeper submitted comments on ADEM's re-issuance of a general permit for discharges associated with lumber, wood, and paper products industry. These comments address several deficiencies we saw in the proposed permit.
If the two sides can come to an agreement this will be a WIN for residents living along Fish River, citizens of Alabama who enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the Fish River and Weeks Bay, and the unbelievably beautiful local environment. If not, the sewage line under the river will be a permanently looming threat to citizens, the River, and Weeks Bay.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a public workshop this Thursday, March 16 to address plans for deepening and widening activities related to the Mobile Bay Channel. Any individual interested in the proposed improvements to the harbor may attend.
Our members know that the Coastal Alabama’s waterways are integral to our economic vitality, our community strength and our success. If you think environmental protection laws need to be protected, enhanced and/or strengthened, please consider calling our elected officials and decision-makers.
From hosting house parties, racing in a triathlon, learning to become a water quality monitor, or removing an invasive species, we've got something to offer to everyone on both sides of the bay. Here are 20 ways YOU can get involved with our 20th Anniversary:
"I wish everyone could have the opportunity to see our home from these different perspectives, and to step out of their comfort zone and witness how different this place is from anywhere else in the world."
And that's when it hit me, you don't have to be a certain way or fit a certain mold to enjoy a grand adventure in your own backyard. We were all out there for the same reason - to enjoy the beautiful waterways we are so lucky to have.
Meet four of our eight summer interns and learn more about their unique backgrounds, skills, interests, roles at Mobile Baykeeper, and why they wanted to intern with us at Baykeeper. They have bright futures ahead of them!