If you live within the Fowl River Watershed or just enjoy the river, we would like your input in prioritizing concerns. A list has been generated through a series of public input meetings. Your participation is very important, please click here to learn more and to take the survey.
National Estuaries Week
Photo Contest 2015
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
In celebration of National Estuaries Week September 19 to 26, 2015 NOAA is hosting a photo contest.
Send in your best photos from a research reserve, pictures that display the beauty of the place, the critters that live there, or site visitors and staff. We want to see them all! Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be featured in our social media campaign during National Estuaries Week. Submit your photos under the following categories:
Submit your images (minimum of 1200 pixels wide, no more than 10 photos) to OCM.NERRS.PhotoContest@noaa.gov. All images MUST include the
following: photographer’s name, short description of when and where the photo was taken, and what is shown in the photo.
Deadline Photos must be submitted by August 31, 2015 to be eligible for the contest.
Additional Contest Rules
1. Photographers must be at least 13 years of age or older as of August 1, 2015.
2. We will assume that, in submitting a photo, you are the owner of the photo and have the right to publish it (including permission and model release for anyone identifiably pictured).
3. By submitting a photo, you are giving us permission to use the photo for other purposes, such as within NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management photo gallery and on the http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov website, for social media, and in other office publications. We will, of course, provide credit to photographers whenever their photo is used.
4. Photos that are submitted without information stated under “To Enter”
will not be considered.
5. You are eligible to submit photos if less than 20 percent of your total income is from photography.
6. No watermarks on submitted photos.
7. Photos must be a minimum of 1200 pixels wide (but the bigger, the
8. Only 10 entries per person.
9. Please keep the content clean and appropriate. Inappropriate content will not be accepted. Email us with questions at OCM.NERRS.PhotoContest@noaa.gov.
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has released the draft Initial Funded Priorities List (draft FPL). Using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc., the Council is seeking to provide near-term, on-the-ground ecosystem benefits, while also conducting planning activities designed to build a foundation for future success as additional funds become available from other parties.
The Public is encoraged to provide comments online here(link is external) (preferred method); by mail to Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Attention: Draft FPL Comments, Hale Boggs Federal Building, 500 Poydras Street, Suite 1117, New Orleans, LA 70130; email to email@example.com(link sends e-mail); or in person during formal public comment periods at any of the public meetings.
Mobile Bay, AL Watershed/Estuary
Coastal Alabama Comprehensive Watershed Restoration Planning Project
Alabama Living Shorelines Program
Comprehensive Living Shoreline Monitoring
Alabama Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration & Monitoring Program
Marsh Restoration in Fish River, Weeks Bay, Oyster Bay & Meadows Tract
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
Upper Mobile Bay Beneficial Use Wetland Creation Site
Enhancing Opportunities for Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediments
Click here to view the remaining Draft Initial Funded Priorities List
Check out the NEP's First Place Gulf Guardian Partnership Award video.
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has published two Request for Proposals that are due on August 31, 2015. The two RFP's are available in our Library of Documents at the bottom of the page under Request for Proposals.
Mobile Bay NEP's Director Roberta Swann along with Emery Baya with Thompson Engineering accepted a First Place Gulf Guardian Partnerships Award for bringing together state and local government and private property owners to accomplish this first ever restoration project of its kind along the gulf coast. The awards were accepted at a prestigious banquet held last night in Corpus Christi Texas. "I am so proud of the work that we were able to accomplish. It is an honor to be here accepting this award with Thompson Engineering and our partners Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Geological Survey of Alabama, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Westminster Village, Baldwin County, City of Daphne and City of Spanish Fort ." -Roberta Swann
Other First Place Awards:
Business/Industry Stormwater Conservation Program Holcim, Inc. -Travis Osbourne featured third from left in photo below
MS/AL Sea Grant Consortium, Tracie Sempier -featured in bottom photo
Second Place Awards:
Mobile Baykeeper, Casi Callaway -featured in photo below
Featured from left to right Roberta Swann, Emery Baya, Travis Osbourne, Casi Callaway
Featured from left to right Roberta Swann, Traci Sempier
Gulf Coast Asphalt Company reached a plea agreement Wednesday related to violations of the Oil Pollution Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act stemming from a 2011 fuel-oil spill into the Mobile River. Read more by clicking here.
The MBNEP's Science Advisory Committee has completed a Subwatershed Restoration Monitoring Framework for Mobile Bay. You can review the publication in our Library of Documents under Habitat Restoration & Conservation Publications.