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.
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!
Mobile Baykeeper recently commented on two road projects proposing to fill wetlands and negatively impact local streams. Across Coastal Alabama, we have lost many of our wetlands and streams due to irresponsible growth, which is why we need you to take action.
At Mobile Baykeeper, we are working every day to document impacts from substandard infrastructure, hold entities accountable who threaten our natural resources, and work with local leaders to make choices that safeguard these natural resources for generations to come.
Thanks to those who took action and wrote letters demanding better public notification of sewer spills, ADEM has made two new tools available to the public that begin to help address the issue of notification.