Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Application Call

Dean John A. Knauss - Marine Policy Fellowship

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is now seeking applicants for the 2019 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

The fellowship is funded through the National Sea Grant Office and administered through individual state Sea Grant programs. Knauss Fellows spend a year in marine policy-related positions in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government in Washington D.C. Past fellows have worked in the offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives, on Congressional subcommittees, and at agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Fellowships run from Feb. 1, 2019, to Jan. 31, 2020, and pay a stipend and living expenses of $47,500 plus some additional funds for health insurance, moving and fellowship-related activities such as travel.

Students must be enrolled in a graduate program during the spring semester of 2018 to be eligible.

Applications are due at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium office Feb. 23, 2018. For application details and information about the Knauss program, visit the National Sea Grant website.

Applications must include:

  • CV (2-page)
  • Education and Career Goal statement (1000 words)
  • Letters of recommendation (2 total, one from your major professor)
  • Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts
  • List of classes and plans for spring, summer and fall of 2018 (one page)

Please contact the MASGC director, LaDon Swann if you know of a potential candidate. Application materials should be sent to Loretta Leist. Once applications are received, candidates will be scheduled to interview with Dr. Swann in late February and March.

Download PDF:

Dean John A. Knauss - Marine Policy Fellowship PDF

Posted on 12/11/17 at 07:55 PM Permalink

RFQ: Control Plan for the Three Mile Creek Watershed

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program seeks a qualified environmental or natural resource planning, engineering, or other similar firm or professional to prepare an Invasive Species Control Plan for the Three Mile Creek Watershed (HUC 031602040504) in Mobile County, AL. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process will be used to select a contractor who can develop an implementable plan to eradicate or control invasive plant and animal species based upon available and new data. Statements of Qualification should be directed to the attention of Tom Herder (therder@mobilebaynep.com) and received no later than 3:00 p.m. CST, Friday, February 2, 2018.

View the full RFQ

Posted on 12/07/17 at 02:32 PM Permalink

MBNEP Receives $488,711 Grant to Implement Trash-Free Waters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Rick Frederick, Community Relations Manager
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
rfrederick@mobilebaynep.com
(251)380-7941
http://www.mobilebaynep.com

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program Receives $488,711 Grant to Implement a Comprehensive Strategy to Create Trash-Free Waters in the Three Mile Creek Watershed

The EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program has awarded the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) $488,711 to improve water quality, protect, enhance, and restore habitat, and provide environmental education and outreach in the Three Mile Creek (TMC) Watershed. Three of the five stated goals of the Three Mile Creek Watershed Management Plan, published in 2014 and conforming to EPA’s nine-key elements, are addressed in this proposed project: Improve water quality; Protect and improve the health of residents, fish, and wildlife; and restore heritage and cultural connections between the watershed and the community.

The project will be undertaken in two phases-

Phase 1- Reduce the amount of stormwater-borne trash and litter by 4,800 lbs. by utilizing the newly-developed and tested “Litter Gitter” small stream trash trap to tactically intercept floating litter at optimum points of entry downstream of high-volume stormwater outfalls to TMC waters.

Engage a group of 10 workers to remove legacy trash from areas throughout the Watershed not suitable for deploying community volunteers during clean-ups. Since many of the areas burdened with legacy litter require a higher level of training, effort to access, and competency in working in potentially hazardous situations, a single pass “hazard” cleanup will be undertaken to remove the inestimable quantities of existing legacy trash and litter from waterways.

Implement a trash and volunteer monitoring program at each Litter Gitter site. Once a month, students from Vigor High School (located in the TMC Watershed) will conduct water quality monitoring using Alabama Water Watch (AWW) test kits and protocols, conduct windshield surveys to assess nearby habitat condition, and upload data to an improved Water Rangers online database (which connects to the AWW).

Phase 2- Implement an alternative packaging incentive program, targeting five businesses identified as trash sources, to increase use of more environmentally-friendly alternatives. The MBNEP will use data collected to perform targeted outreach in an effort to change business practices.

Conduct at least one outreach event to raise awareness and encourage behavioral changes towards Creating a Clean Water Future for the Three Mile Creek Watershed. The formation of a TRASH MOB, at a large public gathering at which (previously choreographed) participants will “spontaneously” perform a dance to a catchy song with an anti-trash message will be organized to raise awareness and promote better behaviors to “pick it up.” The TRASH MOB song/dance sequence was developed as part of a Coastal Alabama Conservation Corps initiated by the MBNEP. In addition to the Trash Mob, presentations will be delivered to at least 200 community leaders at local service clubs to share trash capture accomplishments and cultivate sponsorship of Litter Gitters in TMC to sustain Litter Gitter operation past grant period.

Project background and details:

As the City of Mobile, Alabama, focuses on returning Three Mile Creek waterways (converted over time to stormwater conveyances) back to their former glory, litter, new and legacy from recent rains or decades of stormwater runoff, is the toughest challenge. Reductions in litter in this watershed will require a comprehensive approach that includes changes to business practices to reduce waste streams; increases in community awareness to change personal behaviors; a concerted effort to remove legacy trash from streambanks, wetlands, and creek beds; and affordable installation and maintenance of devices strategically deployed to capture litter carried to waterways by stormwater runoff. Successful implementation of these measures will have the greatest impact on Three Mile Creek’s downstream area, home to a large percentage of low-income, underserved, minority neighborhoods, some of which are, for the first time, getting acquainted with this resource, literally located in their backyard. Not only will this effort result in healthier habitats for fish and wildlife and better water quality for flora, fauna, and humans, it will reconnect Mobilians and others to what was once the life blood and drinking water source for the City, improving aesthetics, property values and economic opportunities for all.

The Watershed. Three Mile Creek (TMC) drains a relatively small (29 sq. mi.), largely-urban area that stretches 14 miles from its headwaters near Cody Road across northern portions of the City of Mobile and southern portions of the City of Prichard, before spilling into Mobile River near the Alabama State Port Authority (maps shown in Attachment 2). The Watershed is a significant part of the fabric of this region. TMC was the original source of drinking water for the City of Mobile and a cultural center of the community until impacts of increased urbanization in the mid-20th century forced City leaders to turn to Big Creek Lake as an alternative source of drinking water. 

Posted on 12/05/17 at 01:28 PM Permalink

RFQ: Twelve Mile Creek Stream Restoration Project

The MBNEP has prepared this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to seek an experienced and qualified environmental engineering consulting firm or similar firm to provide specified professional engineering services for a stream restoration project on Twelve Mile Creek, a major tributary in the Three Mile Creek Watershed (HUC 031602040504) in Mobile County, AL.

Click here to view full RFQ

Posted on 12/04/17 at 04:00 PM Permalink

Love of Coastal Living is Draining US Disaster Funds by Christopher Flavelle

Welcome to Alabama's Dauphin Island, where it floods all the time. Read more...

Posted on 09/01/17 at 08:06 AM Permalink

Fowl River Watershed Management Plan Case Statement

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. 

Fowl River Watershed Management Plan Case Study

Posted on 08/15/17 at 04:48 PM Permalink

The Movers & Shapers of Mobile County

Movers & Shapers, June 2017, Spotlight on Mobile County. a Business Alabama news article

Posted on 06/09/17 at 10:14 AM Permalink

2017 Summer Newsletter Is Out!

Posted on 06/01/17 at 04:47 PM Permalink

Governor Ivey Announces Christopher Blakenship as Acting Commissioner

Governor Ivey Announces Christopher Blakenship as Acting Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources

http://governor.alabama.gov/news/press-releases/governor-ivey-announces-christopher-blankenship-as-acting-commissioner-of-c

Posted on 06/01/17 at 03:11 PM Permalink

Smart Growth and Watershed Protection: tools for stormwater management

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

https://gulfcoastaltraining.wordpress.com/workshops/smart-growth-and-watershed-protection-tools-for-stormwater-management/

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 michael.shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov or 251-928-9792 or Jacqueline Rose at gulfcoastaltraining@gmail.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/.

Posted on 05/30/17 at 10:01 AM Permalink