rsenic and radium are still leaking from Plant Gadsden’s unlined coal ash pit after Alabama Power closed it using the cap-in-place method. This is the same method the utility plans to use for Plant Barry’s coal ash pit, located just 25 miles north of Mobile on the Mobile River. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) proposed the maximum fine of $250,000 for Alabama Power’s violations at Plant Gadsden.
Please join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Weeks Bay Resource Center for our first Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bi-County Conference.
(Mobile, Ala.) - The 15th Annual Publix Grandman Triathlon will be held this year on Saturday, June 1, at the Fairhope Municipal Pier. There will also be another Jubilee Kids Triathlon on Sunday, June 2.
(Mobile, Ala.) - April 20, 2019, will mark the 9-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, when more than 200 million gallons of oil surged through the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. The State of Alabama released an excellent progress report last year noting dollars spent on restoration, projects moving forward, data being collected, and prospects for the future. The more challenging part to explain is what it took to get here.
(Mobile, Ala.) - The Town of Magnolia Springs is clearly happy with Mobile Baykeeper: they are renewing and expanding their partnership this year with an additional SWIM site. Swim Where It's Monitored (SWIM) is a water quality monitoring program that informs citizens of the safety of their favorite swimming and fishing spots. In 2018, Magnolia Springs became the first municipality to sponsor a site to inform and protect their citizens.
(Mobile, Ala.) - On January 7 2019, during the height of flooding in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Mobile Baykeeper staff flew with SouthWings over the Delta to observe Alabama Power’s 597-acre unlined coal ash pit. More than 21 million tons of toxic coal ash in the pit is only held back by an earthen (dirt) dam and views from the air and the river show flood water dangerously covering as much as 15 feet of the 25 foot dam.
(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.
Baykeeper cancels event due to high bacteria levels on Fly Creek and thunderstorms in the forecast.
Under the terms of the partnership, Baykeeper staff will sample bacteria levels from Magnolia River on a minimum weekly basis from now through the end of September.
Three test results from ADEM (which we have solely relied on in the past) and our most updated tests show bacteria levels are now SAFE for swimming. Racer safety is our top priority and we would NOT go forth with the swim if we didn’t feel confident in these results.
Though millions of Alabamians are ready for summer outdoor recreation, their nearby sewage treatment facilities may not be. Alabama still lacks comprehensive regulations for minimum standards of public notification when sewage spills occur.
Mobile Baykeeper's detailed pollution report highlights coal ash pollution and dam safety concerns at Alabama Power's Plant Barry on the Mobile River
Preliminary groundwater data shows high levels of pollutants at Alabama Power’s Plant Barry, a 600-acre coal ash pond located adjacent to the Mobile River in North Mobile County.
Mobile Baykeeper has discovered additional violations against Daphne Utilities after filing a lawsuit against the utility on December 19, 2017.
The utility has failed to comply with its permit by falsely reporting, failing to report, and underreporting sewer spills into local rivers, creeks, and bays.
Funding will enable Baykeeper to expand watershed education and monitoring program into South Mobile County at Alma Bryant High School.
Funding will enable Baykeeper to expand watershed education and monitoring program into Baldwin County at Fairhope High School.
Baykeeper files 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue Daphne Utilities for several violations under Clean Water Act
Whole Foods to donate 5% of net sales to Mobile Baykeeper on "5% Day" on Thursday, August 31.
Funding will allow us to expand our watershed patrol, monitoring, education, outreach, and volunteer recruitment efforts by hiring six part-time AmeriCorps Members for the 2017-2018 program year.