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In 2014, Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood were contracted by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program to develop a comprehensive Management Plan (Plan) for the Fowl River Watershed, a process made possible by funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. The purpose of this Plan is to protect the chemical, biological and cultural integrity and customary uses of Fowl River and its associated waters and habitats to support healthy populations of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and recreational uses. Completed in April 2016, the 500+ page Plan already has recommended measures being implemented. For example, in September 2016, a volunteer water quality monitoring program was established, and soon a comprehensive study of marsh health in the brackish zone of Fowl River will begin. To learn about the watershed and Plan goals and objectives the MBNEP is pleased to release a Plan summary, The Fowl River Watershed: Charting a Course for Preservation.
Movers & Shapers, June 2017, Spotlight on Mobile County. a Business Alabama news article
Governor Ivey Announces Christopher Blakenship as Acting Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources
Announcing a short course:
Smart growth and watershed protection: tools for stormwater management
Thursday, June 22, 2017
9:00AM to 11:00AM
Spanish Fort Community Center Multipurpose Room at City Hall
7361 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort, Alabama
Increasing land development along the Gulf coast has created concerns about stormwater runoff and resultant flooding and water quality issues in local bays and bayous. Smart growth strategies can offer solutions for local governments and the development community.
We’ll explore alternative patterns of development that include more compact neighborhoods, diversity in land uses and accompanying stormwater solutions. Site, regional, and watershed scale issues are discussed, along with ordinances, codes, education, and funding recommendations. Many regional examples from the Gulf coast are used to demonstrate better methods of accommodating growth with effective stormwater management. Join us for light breakfast and coffee/tea during this 2-hour lecture and discussion, then carry on with your day feeling inspired to consider innovative smart growth strategies in your field of work that can help create more resilient coastal communities and waterways where we live, work, and play. Whether you are a city planner, engineer, developer, watershed or floodplain manager, elected official, restoration practitioner, coastal resource manager, business or community member – come learn how all of our roles in community stormwater management are connected. Registration is required for this free event.
About the presenter: Christian Wagley is principal of Sustainable Town Concepts, a consulting firm working under the premise that one of the most environmentally-beneficial things we can do is to build healthy places for people. Christian is a certifying agent for the Florida Green Building Coalition and an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He works with builders, architects, developers, and communities to create homes, buildings, and landscapes that use less energy and water and are beautiful and durable.
Questions? Please contact Michael Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-928-9792 or Jacqueline Rose at email@example.com or 251-929-8466.
Please share with others interested in attending. For more information and to register follow the link -https://gulfcoastaltraining.wordpress.com/workshops/smart-growth-and-watershed-protection-tools-for-stormwater-management/.
WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program will receive approximately $344,000 in the form of a federal grant appropriated by Congress to conserve and improve working waterfronts and preserve fishing communities, within its 71,500 square mile watershed. Click here to view the full press release.
Did you know the Mobile Bay watershed is one of 28 estuaries designated as an estuary of national significance? The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has successfully leveraged its EPA funding of $600,000 per year into $20,000,000 of investment in Alabama’s coastal restoration activities. This represents a return on investment of eight dollars for every dollar invested, a level of credibility in the community and across the State as a trusted agency of science based action, and a key partner for the State of Alabama in planning for and implementing Deepwater Horizon related restoration activities. Thank you, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for recognizing “a healthy Mobile Bay is vital to the environmental and economic health of America,” and we appreciate the continued support of Congressmen Byrne and other local leaders.
A pilot program is exposing young adults to environmental resources hidden in some of Mobile's most urban communities. By Jason Johnson
It's been one year since we settled with BP and began implementing our programmatic plan to restore the Gulf. Since then, we've been busy planning, implementing restoration, and hearing from you about what restoration should look like.
The Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Trustee Implementation Groups requested your projects ideas for restoration. Florida held a webinar on its restoration planning process. They will consider those comments when developing their plans. Mississippi held a public meeting to get feedback on its draft restoration plan. Louisiana and Alabama also held public meetings and considered public input when finalizing their first restoration plans.
The Trustee Council also held its first annual public meeting in September 2016. We gave an update on our work since the settlement and described restoration planning activities and opportunities for public engagement. We also developed and updated our standard operating procedures, which guide the long-term management, implementation, and administration of settlement.
Several of the Trustee Implementation Groups developed restoration plans following settlement:
- Louisiana's plan focuses on wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats; habitat projects on federally managed lands; and birds
- Mississippi's draft plan focuses on wetlands, coastal, nearshore and habitat; birds; and nutrient reduction
- Alabama's plan focuses on recreational use
Many restoration projects are already underway, including:
- Building barrier islands in Louisiana, which will help protect coastal ecosystems and communities in Barataria Basin from storms and benefit nesting birds
- Restoring dunes and beaches in Florida and Alabama
- Installing living shorelines in Alabama and Mississippi, which will reduce shoreline erosion
- Creating two artificial reefs in Texas, which will become home to fish, coral, and sea turtles
- Placing oyster cultch in Florida, which will enhance and improve the oyster populations
- Restoring sea turtle and oceanic fish populations
We know you are interested in the status of our restoration and planning efforts, as well as how funds are being spent. We are making this information available through the Data Integration Visualization Exploration and Reporting Portal, or "DIVER". This is a powerful restoration reporting tool that's easy to use. Through DIVER, you can view planning and implementation status, monitoring activities and data, and financial information for each project. This includes the 2016 Annual Financial Summary Report.
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