With over 1,500 people educated, 40 presentations given, and 715 surveys taken since September, SWAMP is off to an amazing start! We are extremely excited to bring watershed awareness and education to Mobile and Baldwin counties and are working hard to reach as many students and citizens as possible.
(Mobile, Ala.) - A proposed rule change announced today would strip the Clean Water Act of important protections. Analysis by the Southern Environmental Law Center and the EPA shows the proposal would remove critical safeguards from nearly 60% of Alabama’s 130,000+ miles of creeks and 75% of the state’s wetlands.
A proposed rule change was announced today that would strip the Clean Water Act of important protections. Allowing this proposed rule change would let industrial facilities, sewage plants, and developers impact many previously protected creeks and fill wetlands without restrictions, harming our local economy and way of life.
Meet the Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Members for the 2018-2019 Program Year. They serve in positions covering three programs: 1) Baykeeper Patrol (Patrol & Monitoring), 2) Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP), and 3) Volunteer Engagement (Baykeeper AVE). These programs directly support our work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities and are funded through the Governors Office of Volunteer Services.
“At that moment I realized how much of an impact one individual can have on another. All I gave her was a little of my time and that time meant the world to her. To have someone listen and talk to her meant more to that little girl than anything. In the end, I taught that second grade class how to write poems, but they taught me about compassion and acceptance.”
-an excerpt from “The Elementary Volunteer” by Emilee Foster, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Member, Volunteer Engagement Program
(Mobile, Ala.) - According to communications obtained by Mobile Baykeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center, Alabama Power had at one point planned to dig up and move toxic coal ash away from the Mobile River site to a separate landfill.
The team at Mobile Baykeeper is smart enough to never tell you how to vote, but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t encourage you to think about clean water before you vote.
Find out the questions to ask yourself and once you know the answers to those questions, make your decision and VOTE.
Mobile Baykeeper loves “Celebrating the Bounty of Mobile Bay” all year long and we need your help to end the year with bang! On Friday, November 2nd we are going to have even more fun turning 21. In case you need a little more convincing, here are 5 reasons why you should attend our 21st Annual Bay Bash this Friday.
"They arrived at a church where they would stay. You could see the water lines on the walls nearly 20 feet up. When the levees broke, it flooded most of the area where the students were helping. It was at that moment the young man realized a deep feeling inside- desire."
-an excerpt of "Finding the Desire to Volunteer" by Chad Chappell, Mobile Baykeeper Membership & Volunteer Coordinator
Dauphin Island is a charming town nestled between Mobile Bay and the Gulf. As this fragile island continues to develop we must make thoughtful decisions to ensure the treasured heritage of the island is passed on for future generations to enjoy.
Currently a proposed development threatens the island. The developer plans to build condominiums, and a large commercial marina in Aloe Bay. This project, planned on a fragile undeveloped shallow bay, will destroy wetlands and fill in water bottoms home to several important species. After reviewing the proposal and talking with community members, Mobile Baykeeper is urging the Corps to DENY this proposal.
Hurricane Florence did not directly impact the Gulf Coast, but this catastrophic storm highlighted critical weaknesses of coal ash ponds in coastal areas. This summer we caught up on coal ash and explained the dangers of this toxic material including the grave dangers of having a coal ash pond in a floodplain near the coast just upstream of Mobile Bay. Today we look at the threats of coal ash pollution in a post-Florence world.
Mobile Baykeeper submitted a comment letter on the study 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. Hundreds of community members, 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.
The Corps is studying plans to deepen and widen the Mobile Ship Channel. Currently the study concludes “no impacts” will result from deepening and widening the Mobile Ship Channel. After speaking with local experts, community members, and doing our own research - the study is inadequate and likely underestimates the impacts to our precious natural resources. We need you to take action and submit comments by 5pm, Monday Sept 17th.
The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a public meeting on the proposed deepening and widening of the Mobile Harbor Ship Channel on Sept. 11th. Check out these talking points so you can come to the meeting prepared. Your attendance is important!
We had an incredible trio of Patrol interns this summer - Catie, Madison, and Blake - who were each a huge asset to the Baykeeper team. Learn more about them below:
We're excited to welcome Sarah Asher to our team as our GIS intern for this summer. Read more about in this edition of “Meet the Intern”.