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Mobile Baykeeper, ADEM Settle Clean Water Act Suit with Daphne Utilities

Mobile Baykeeper, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), the Attorney General’s Office, and the Utilities Board of the Daphne have reached an agreement settling a lawsuit filed in December 2017 regarding unpermitted discharges into D’Olive Creek and discharges of sewage that violated the facility’s permit. The agreement requires Daphne Utilities to have an Engineering Report produced that comprehensively addresses the changes needed in their wastewater system to comply with applicable rules and regulations as well as permit conditions. The report will be actionable with a defined schedule for implementing any needed corrective actions. The agreement has been filed with the Baldwin County Circuit Court for approval. 

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3 Out of 4 Water Samples from Fish River Below EPA E. Coli Threshold for Swimming

When the Alabama Department of Public Health notified the public about a sewage spill from the Town of Loxley on Monday, Mobile Baykeeper’s Program Director Cade Kistler grabbed his gear and headed out to Fish River. Kistler took samples from four locations along Fish River: County Rd 64 just down from the Loxley discharge, Highway 104, Bohemian Park (County Rd. 48), and County Rd 32. This evening Mobile Baykeeper staff were able to read the results, which showed E. coli levels of 262 MPN/100mL (most probable number of bacteria in 100mL of water) at County Rd 64, 160 MPN/100mL at Highway 104, 170 MPN/100mL at Bohemian Park, and 134 MPN/100mL at County Rd 32. The EPA E. coli threshold for swimming is 235 MPN/100mL. While these results are near, and in one case just exceeding, the EPA threshold it’s important to note they are similar to the average E. coli levels (193 MPN/100mL) Mobile Baykeeper’s S.W.I.M. sampling has found in Fish River at Bohemian Park on days without reported sewage releases or spills.

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AmeriCorps Celebrates 25 Years; Mobile Baykeeper's AmeriCorps Members Celebrate Accomplishments of 2018-19 Term

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.

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Mobile Baykeeper's Testing from Point Clear Shows Bacteria Levels Below EPA Threshold

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.

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Mobile Baykeeper Will Celebrate Bay Bites Food Truck Festival on July 24 at Cooper Riverside Park

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.  

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Corps Extends Comment Period for Ship Channel Dredging; Environmental Group Urges Further Study

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.

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