Pollution

Construction Stormwater Pollution Inspection

Construction Stormwater Pollution Inspection

August 26th, 2019

Earlier this week, as most folks hunkered down in an attempt to stay dry, the Mobile Baykeeper team loaded up sampling equipment and our drone, and headed out into a storm to protect Mobile Bay. Two staff members covered a collective distance of nearly 100 wet miles, climbing in and out of steep gullies and muddy creeks at 11 locations. For six rainy hours, we traversed both Mobile and Baldwin Counties, inspecting construction sites.

But why?

New Interactive Maps of Statewide Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threat Posed by Alabama Power, Power South Coal Ash Pits

New Interactive Maps of Statewide Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threat Posed by Alabama Power, Power South Coal Ash Pits

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.

Interactive Map Released Highlighting Sewage Spills Across Alabama

Interactive Map Released Highlighting Sewage Spills Across Alabama

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.