On Monday, September 17th, Mobile Baykeeper submitted a comment letter (attached below) on the draft version of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) released by the Corps on the Mobile Ship Channel expansion project. The letter was on behalf of Mobile Baykeeper’s 4,500 members, Board, the Peninsula of Mobile, and Conservation Alabama.
An action alert was created to give community members a streamlined way to submit comments. This generated 144 letters to the Corps in just three days. Several community groups and local scientists also submitted their own comment letters. The common thread among the letters was the need for the Corps to address major flaws in the study to ensure our natural resources are protected.
What Happens Now
The community has spoken up and we are hopeful the Corps recognizes and responds to the feedback received during the public comment period. Now, the Corps will begin the review period which will last several months and include any necessary revisions. When the report is finalized in late 2019, it will go before Congress for funding consideration. If approved by Congress, the Mobile Ship Channel expansion will move forward. It is essential that before this happens the Corps reviews and addresses issues with the study so that any impacts from the ship channel expansion are mitigated.