Request for Qualifications: Western Shore Watershed Management Planning

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program seeks a qualified environmental planning, engineering, natural resource planning, or other similar firm to prepare a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the Western Shore complex of watersheds in Mobile County, Alabama. A Request for Qualifications process is being used to select a firm who can develop such a conceptual engineering master plan based on new and available data. A mandatory pre-submittal conference will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. CST on Monday, February 18, 2019  in the Killian Room at the International Trade Center located at 250 N. Water St. in Mobile, AL. Statements must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. CST, Friday, March 8, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to: Christian Miller,  cmiller@mobilebaynep.com 251-459-8871. The most recent RFQ can be downloaded by clicking here.
 

Posted on 02/08/19 at 09:32 PM Permalink

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) Seeks Public Comment Regarding Updates to CCMP

Draft Update: Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) Seeks Public Comment Regarding Updates to Their Five-Year Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)

Mobile, AL: The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBENP) has released to the public the Draft Update of their Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for 2019-2023 for a 45-day comment period. 

Developed by over 300 community leaders, this CCMP update will be the roadmap for protecting and restoring what people value most about living in coastal Alabama over the next 4 years. The final document will be implemented by the MBNEP Management Conference including federal, state and local officials and agencies, industries, businesses, academia, and citizen groups.  
A pdf file is available for viewing and downloading on the MBNEP webpage at   

A pdf file is available for viewing and downloading on the MBNEP webpage, CCMP Draft. Comments are solicited and should be directed to Bethany Dickey at bdickey@mobilebaynep.com by close of business on Monday, March 18, 2019. 

In August 2018, the MBNEP hosted a day-long workshop at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center to gather input from 178 community leaders and key stakeholders to provide the framework to update Respect the Connect – A Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast 2013-2018. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, who administer and funds the MBNEP, requires that the CCMP be updated every five years.

The MBNEP, like the other 27 National Estuary Programs, operates through the development and implementation of a CCMP, which serves as a “blueprint” for management of coastal and estuarine resources. A CCMP is developed based on local input and supporting local priorities to protect water quality, sustain living resources, manage coastal habitats, reduce human impacts, and build citizen stewardship. It is developed through a consensus-building and collaborative decision-making process by the MBNEP Management Conference. Conference partners commit to roles implementing CCMP goals, objectives, and recommended activities to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of Mobile Bay and its watersheds.

Through community engagement efforts, MBNEP identified six values of shared importance to our coastal quality of life: Access; Beaches, Dunes, and Shorelines; Fish and Wildlife; Heritage and Culture; Resilience; and Water Quality. The goals and objectives of the CCMP are directed to ensure attention to what people value about living in coastal Alabama. This comment period provides an additional opportunity to have your concerns addressed moving forward for the next five years.

The mission of the MBNEP is to provide the tools and support community-based efforts to promote the wise stewardship of the quality and living resources of Alabama’s estuarine waters and coasts.

Posted on 02/01/19 at 11:08 AM Permalink

Three Mile Creek Upcoming Community Listening Sessions

The City of Mobile invites you to the Three Mile Creek Greenway Community Listening Sessions held on Tuesday, January 29, Wednesday, January 30, or Thursday, January 31 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Make plans to attend and review the Conceptual Design Plan for the Greenway Trail design presented as part of the Community Listening Sessions. You are invited to actively engage and voice your opinion on the design components of the Three Mile Creek Greenway. Don't miss your opportunity to share your ideas - reserve your spot now! Reservations encouraged, but not required. Everyone is invited!

Tuesday, January 29
Dumas Wesley Community Center
126 Mobile Street
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 30
Mobile Museum of Art
4850 Museum Dr
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm  

Thursday, January 31
Ashland Place United Methodist Church
115 Wisteria Ave
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

Register Now 

Posted on 01/22/19 at 12:37 PM Permalink

Adapting Stormwater Management for Coastal Floods

https://coast.noaa.gov/stormwater-floods/

Posted on 12/14/18 at 11:49 AM Permalink

Trash Blows Campaign featured in Trash Free Waters

https://www.epa.gov/trash-free-waters

Posted on 12/14/18 at 11:45 AM Permalink

Hypoxic dead zones found in urban streams

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181211144644.htm

Posted on 12/12/18 at 10:32 AM Permalink

Alabama Current Connection Summer 2018, Vol. XII, Issue 1

Alabama Current Connection Summer 2018, Vol. XII, Issue 1 

Posted on 09/06/18 at 09:40 AM Permalink

Stormwater fee approved by Mobile City Council

Stormwater fee approved by Mobile City Council

story reported by Fox10 News

Posted on 08/22/18 at 08:11 AM Permalink

Area Mayors Tour Stream Restoration

Daphne, AL: Mobile Mayor, Sandy Stimpson,  Daphne Mayor, Dane Haygood and Baldwin County republican nominees for county commissioner, Billie Jo Underwood, Jeb Ball, and Joe Davis along with key staff members from both Mobile, Daphne and Baldwin County to tour ongoing and completed stormwater management and stream restoration projects in and around Daphne, Thursday, July 26th.

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), Executive Director, Roberta Swann hosted the tour to demonstrate how MBNEP has successfully worked on behalf of multiple stakeholders, the City of Daphne, the City of Spanish Fort, and Baldwin County to implement stormwater management and stream restoration projects in the D'Olive watershed.  The goal is to foster collaborations with all the various stakeholders and local governmental bodies to implement similar projects in the future. 

Since the release of the D’Olive Watershed Management Plan in 2010, MBNEP has helped Daphne leverage funding resulting in an excess of $12 Million of restoration projects in the watershed. Restoration began in response to concerns about the excessive sedimentation of Lake Forest Lake and D’Olive Bay.  Extensive monitoring was performed to determine the origins of the sediment pollution resulting in a list of multiple areas that were in emergency need of restoration.

At the top of the list of problem areas was a head-cut on an unnamed tributary of Joe’s Branch that was dangerously close to damaging Highway 31 in Spanish Fort.  Through funding from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), a step-pool stormwater conveyance was built as a balance between creating a stormwater facility that could handle excessive flow with the desire to restore ecological function.

Since the Joe’s Branch restoration MBNEP has worked with Daphne and Spanish Fort to improve eight other areas in the watershed that were significant contributors to sediment pollution.  These projects included funding from the NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund a result of the BP Oil Spill.

As RESTORE and other funding becomes available, MBNEP hopes to highlight the successes in Daphne as a model for other stormwater problem areas in Mobile and Baldwin Counties as highlighted in the additional watershed management plans that MBNEP has published over the last 5 years.

Addressing these stormwater issues requires collaboration between multiple governments, stakeholder groups, partners, agencies, and funding sources. As an independent intermediary, MBNEP has a track-record of bringing these various parties to the table, come to a consensus and make progress on issues related to stormwater and pollution.

Posted on 07/25/18 at 05:17 PM Permalink

Trash Blows Campaign Rollout at ADSFR

Trash Blows...Stow it!

 

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program Begins “Trash Blows” Campaign on Dauphin Island
Campaign encourages anglers to stow their truck bed and boat trash to keep waterways clean

Dauphin Island, AL: The Town of Dauphin Island and Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) have partnered to raise awareness about litter blowing from truck beds and boats during this year’s Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. MBNEP wants to remind anglers that TRASH BLOWS! As part of the CREATE A CLEAN WATER FUTURE Campaign (CCWF), the Trash Blows message will be spread throughout the Island during Rodeo weekend.

  • 3 banners displayed at Billy Goat Hole, across from Ship and Shore, and at Cedar Point.
  • Multiple signage along DIP reminding north and south bound traffic to stow their trash
  • Shuttle service at Billy Goat Hole providing anglers with trash bags and Trash Blows drink huggers
  • Promotional giveaways at the Rodeo site - Create a Clean Water Future and Trash Blows
  • For the first time during the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, RECYCLING opportunities will be made available to those visiting the Island provided by MBNEP, Thompson Engineering, Earth Resources Recycling, and the City of Dauphin Island    

Visitors coming to the Island from Mobile will pass a string of signs that remind drivers to stow their trash. They’ll then encounter three highly-visible banners emblazoned with a cartoon of trash blowing out of the back of a pick-up truck and boat with the words “Trash Blows…Stow It!” The banners are part of the Create a Clean Water Future public service campaign.

Rodeo participants arriving early each morning to launch their boats will enjoy a free shuttle service staffed by MBNEP and volunteers to quickly return to the launch after parking their vehicles.  Gators provided by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be used to ferry the passengers who will be given a trash bag and drink hugger and encouraged to stow their trash while they are out on the water.

Rodeo participants are encouraged to join in on the #TrashBlows social media campaign: take a selfie with all the trash they’ve “stowed,” then post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag “#TrashBlows” They’ll be eligible for special prizes if they come by the Mobile Bay NEP table in the sponsors tent.

Along with the other activities, for the first time during the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, RECYCLING opportunities will be made available to those visiting the Island. This service is being provided through a collaboration between The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Thompson Engineering, Earth Resources Recycling, and the City of Dauphin Island.

About the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program: With a mission to promote the wise stewardship of the water quality and living resource of the Mobile Bay estuary, MBNEP is a non-regulatory organization that works to bring together business interests, governmental interests, citizen groups, non-profits and scientists to tackle big problems related to keeping Mobile Bay and the surrounding creeks and rivers clean and free of pollution.  Due to this collaborative approach measures taken are not only good for the environment, but also good for the local economy with a focus of preserving the area’s unique culture.  

About Create a Clean Water Future: When rain rushes over roofs, roads, and parking lots, it carries everything it touches into storm drains that empty into our streams, rivers, and bays (non-point source pollution). The CCWF public service campaign is designed to explain what stormwater is and to encourage individual actions resulting in the reduction of stormwater pollution at both an individual and community level.  The website provides simple tips we can all incorporate into our day to day lives that contribute to a clean water future by eliminating the following from our storm drains:

  • Litter and plastic debris;
  • Vehicle and household cleaners- old paint, antifreeze, oil, pesticides; and
  • Fertilizer, leaves, and grass clippings;

For more simple tips go to www.cleanwaterfuture.com

Posted on 07/19/18 at 01:21 PM Permalink