In August 2017, we received a $56,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to implement a marine debris removal project on One Mile Creek and help Mobile move toward a litter-free Mardi Gras. One Mile Creek, a small tributary of Three Mile Creek, receives a significant amount of litter left on the ground from Mardi Gras parades from stormwater runoff through the storm drains. Throughout this project, we will partner with Thompson Engineering and the Mobile Bay NEP to host periodic cleanups and debris removals along One Mile Creek. Additionally, we will partner with the City of Mobile to install storm drain barriers over storm drains along the Mardi Gras parade route. Lastly, during Carnival season 2018 and 2019, we will implement a large scale public awareness campaign to educate citizens on the impact of Mardi Gras litter to our local waterways. Click here to learn more about our NOAA Marine Debris Removal Project.
Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains after coal is burned. Plant Barry, located in Bucks, Alabama has more than 16 million tons of coal ash in an earthen pond adjacent to the Mobile River.
Mobile Baykeeper is working to make sure that the most protective closure plan is chosen for coal ash stored at Alabama Power's Plant Barry. We continue to research the issue diligently to understand all impacts that may occur. As we review the results of our research, we are continuing to encourage Alabama Power to seriously consider the impacts that leaving this massive coal ash pond in place will have on the surrounding environment and the ongoing threat that it presents.
Every time it rains, we have another wide-scale disaster in our waterways. Poor land development and road building practices are filling our creeks, rivers, and bays with mud, litter and pollution, potentially killing the foundation of our aquatic food chain. To resolve this problem, Mobile Baykeeper works with local municipalities to ensure their ordinances are maximally protective of their infrastructure investments and their environment.
We conduct Muddy Water Watch trainings to engage local citizens in understanding the issue, working with local leaders to amend and draft ordinances, and using our knowledge of the issue and resources to assist with the drafting of ordinances where needed. Click below to find out where we're working currently and how you can get involved.
Sewage Spill Notification
We work hard to make sure that citizens are aware of threats to their health and environment. We want to ensure that you can make decisions based on the most up to the minute information to protect the health of yourself and your family. That's why we created the Sewer Spill Explorer in 2016. This tool allows you to review when and where sewer spills occur. However, after careful review of sewer spill throughout the state, we decided that we needed to make sure utilities engage in a standardized method of reporting sewer spills. This means that from Tuscaloosa to Guntersville Lake to Mobile Bay, sewage providers will notify their citizens of sewer spills in the same way. To achieve this, we are working with partners throughout the state to petition ADEM to write regulations that will ensure utilities have a consistent way of reporting sewer spills.