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Mobile Baykeeper is a nonprofit environmental organization with over 4,000 members -- all with a common interest in preserving and protecting the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed. Our priorities are clean water, clean air and healthy communities and our motto is Naturally, We’re for Progress. Become a member today for the best possible tomorrow.

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Options Explored for Preserving the Mobile-Tensaw Delta

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is one of the many natural resources that make South Alabama unique.  Only minutes from downtown Mobile, the Delta provides recreational and cultural opportunities for boaters, hunters, fishers, and history buffs.  The confluence of rivers that create the Delta provides vital habitat for biologically diverse populations of fish, plants, and animals.  The Delta also hosted some of the Gulf Coast’s first residents; shell mounds built by Native Americans along the riverbanks provide evidence of one of the oldest structures in the United States.  Fort Mims and the Blakeley State Park are also located within the Delta, providing visitors an unrivaled look at our region’s rich history. 

There has recently been a great deal of discussion about federal involvement with our beautiful Mobile-Tensaw Delta.  Before leaving office, former U.S. Representative Jo Bonner requested that the National Park Service conduct an exploratory study of the Delta to investigate potential options for preserving it for future generations.  The study is paid for by federal funds that are allotted specifically for this purpose. Once the National Park Service completes the study, the local community will have valuable information about the potential impact of creating a national park unit in South Alabama – (examples include National Park, Preserve, Monument, Recreation Area, etc.). 

Mobile Baykeeper's board and staff unilaterally believe in studying issues, and we believe that the Delta is a high priority place to protect, preserve and, in some areas, restore.  We would only support a protection project that requires and ensures the following three things:

1)    Hunting, fishing and use of the Delta must be preserved and protected for generations to come.

2)    The Delta can stand increased usage, but the usage can't become so extreme (via additional tourists) that it becomes exploited and impacted.

3)    It is good for our economy -- more focus on eco-tourism could be a significant economic boost.

Regardless of what decision is made about the method of preserving the Delta, we can all agree that it is an iconic part of living in Coastal Alabama.  The National Park Service study will help us think about how best to ensure that future generations can cultivate memories and experiences in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, while providing the opportunity to share those experiences with the world.