Mobile Baykeeper is dedicated to keeping Mobile Bay clean - that means swimmable, fishable, and fun-able! Check out these five ways you can enjoy our waterways this weekend.
Over the past 25 years, AmeriCorps has evolved to meet changing community needs while continuing to develop its members into leaders. AmeriCorps, essentially a domestic version of the Peace Corps, has touched the lives of millions of Americans - many of them here in Alabama. The Governor's Office of Volunteer Services connects AmeriCorps Members to local service organizations such as Mobile Baykeeper, whose own AmeriCorps Members just wrapped up their 2018-2019 term.
Patrol & Monitoring Intern
Hometown: Daphne, AL
Education: Senior Geography Major, Geology Minor at University of South Alabama
Hobbies: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Photography, and anything else that is outdoors.
Favorite Place You’ve Ever Visited: The top floor of the World Trade Center Towers two years before they were knocked down.
Biggest Fear: Trypanophobia
Guilty Pleasure: Ice Cream
Favorite Downtown Mobile Restaurant: Pizzeria Delphina
Three Words to Describe Yourself: Energetic, enthusiastic, and personable
Why did you want to intern with Mobile Bay keeper? I chose to intern with Mobile Baykeeper because a lot of things that I enjoy in my free time, Mobile Baykeeper does on a daily basis. As a Patrol and Monitoring intern, I get to work outdoors to take water quality samples for SWIM, pick up trash in local areas and record the data. Most importantly, we protect the local waterways based off of citizen concerns to ensure that Mobile and Baldwin counties are living, healthy lifestyles for our environments.
Following an alarming video posted to Facebook late Saturday night, Mobile Baykeeper has done what they do best: investigate potential pollution. Executive Director Casi Callaway received the video on Sunday and called Fairhope Utilities to report a potential sewage spill. On Monday, Program Director Cade Kistler, Program Coordinator Meredith Diskin, and AmeriCorps Patrol member Sarah Asher went out to investigate. Today they were able to read the water samples they took, which all showed bacteria levels below the EPA threshold. The identification of the substance remains unclear.
It’s summertime again, and we all know what that means: it’s time for one of Mobile Baykeeper’s favorite events! Join us this Wednesday July 24th at Cooper Riverside Park 5pm-9pm to participate in some of the most fun you’ll have this summer. Tickets are on sale now for $20. Tickets include entrance to the festival along with drink tickets to be used on beverages of your choice, including SweetWater beer or Coca-Cola products. Your ticket includes 3 beers, but if you buy in advance online, you an extra beer!
Mobile Baykeeper is hosting the Bay Bites Food Truck Festival on Wednesday, July 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. Bay Bites is an annual event featuring a variety of different cuisine from the area’s best food trucks, craft beer provided by Sweetwater Brewing Company, live music by Yellowhammer, and lawn games on the beautiful riverfront of downtown Mobile.
The Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, recently announced that it will extend the comment period an additional 30 days for the Mobile Harbor Integrated Final General Evaluation Report (GRR) with Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), the ship channel environmental impact study. The agency comment period closing date is now extended to Thursday, July 18, 2019.
One of my first tasks at Mobile Baykeeper was to write a blog about myself and what brought me to the organization. It was titled “My Circle of Life”. I described how growing up in Scottsdale, AZ made me curious and in awe of water, how that awe drove my studies in undergrad and graduate school, and how that knowledge turned into passion, which lead me straight to Mobile Baykeeper.
Today, I have to announce that we are losing two of our best and brightest. Justine Herlihy, Development Director, and Laura Stone, Program and Grants Coordinator, have accepted new positions at other organizations. While the loss is hard for Mobile Baykeeper, these smart, incredible women are stretching into new challenges as they continue to advocate passionately for their personal missions.
Four Alabama environmental organizations have released new interactive maps highlighting groundwater pollution reported by Alabama Power and Power South at coal ash pits throughout the state. Alabama Power’s federally required monitoring shows significant pollution of groundwater with arsenic, radium, and more. Pollution has persisted even after Alabama Power closed their leaking Gadsden pit using cap-in-place - the same method it plans for millions of tons of coal ash in their pits statewide.
So far every one of our results has been well below the EPA threshold for swimming advisories! This is great news for Grandman swimmers and Mobile Bay lovers alike. The final bacteria sample will be taken on Thursday May 30th and analyzed at Mobile Baykeeper’s lab in Mobile. Results will be available on Friday May 31st (the day before the race) midday. Mobile Baykeeper will make the final call on the swim course based on the results of this sample.
Whatever it was, I knew that one day I was determined to be on the other side of that finish line. Every Grandman racer has their own story to tell – their motivation, struggles, triumphs, and everything that comes in between – and this year I’m excited to begin writing my own. Hopefully it will be the first of many chapters to come in my full-circle Grandman journey.