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.
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.