Mobile Bay National Estuary Program - Mobile Alabama
For Immediate Release (April 28, 2018)
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has been awarded a grant of $300,000 over two years by the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program managed by U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities with additional funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
The project’s goal is to advance strategic protection of healthy habitat parcels in Mobile-Tombigbee (HUC 0315), and Alabama River (HUC 0316) basins through the development of a Mobile Basin Habitat Atlas identifying healthy headwater habitat parcels in Alabama. The goal of the atlas is to protect over 10,000 acres of priority headwater habitats in the first year and a total of 100,000 acres in five to ten years.
The $300,000 awarded to Mobile Bay National Estuary Program represents an important start for their focus on the Tensaw/Apalachee watershed management planning due to begin this year.
Watershed Management Planning is a key tool MBNEP uses to fulfil its mission to be good stewards of Alabama's estuaries. The resulting plan is an important first steps in preserving water quality in our area's streams, rivers, and wetlands and depends on public involvement and “stakeholders” who know the area, recognize its problems, and are invested in its health and resilience. Each plan includes a watershed description that educates communities about the geography, geology, biology, ecology, and hydrology of the drainage area’s land and water. It identifies causes and/or sources of pollution or impairment, identifies gaps in data related to watershed conditions, and estimates pollutant loads that enter the receiving waters.
Mobile Bay NEP has completed Watershed Management Plans for D’Olive Creek, Three Mile Creek, Fowl River, Bon Secour, Weeks Bay, and Dog River. The Mississippi Sound Complex plan is under development, and Wolf Bay and Tensaw Appalache watersheds are next in line with the goal of completing all intertidal watersheds in coastal Alabama in the next few years.
In its third year, the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program is awarding 22 grants with more than $4 million to protect America’s watersheds with the goal of accelerating and expanding the strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. EPA and The Endowment each committed $3.75 million and NRCS $3.5 million, to the six year partnership. In this third year of the program, 76 applications requesting $14 million were received. This is the first Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant received by the MBNEP.
Watershed Management Coordinator
The Watershed Management Coordinator has three primary responsibilities: 1.) Oversee all aspects of implementation of Watershed Management Plans (WMP) in Baldwin County including but not limited to project identification, acquisition of funding, contracting, project management, community engagement coordination; and other services in support of WMP implementation; 2.) Coordinate a Watershed Implementation Team (WIT) to carry forward the work necessary to prioritize site-specific projects, work with governmental entities within Baldwin County, and locate the funding necessary to implement the management measure s recommended in WMPs; and 3.) Educate target audiences about issues including, but not limited to, those affecting the Alabama coast and activities being undertaken to mitigate stress on water quality and natural resources.
Job requirements include a minimum of a B.S. in Environmental Sciences or related fields (Ecology, Biology, or other related focus) coordinating restoration programs, land use planning, etc.; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a wide range of individuals and groups; field oversight/supervisory activities; experience in the use of geographical information systems is a plus; experience in watershed management is a plus; and ability to work with minimal supervision.
Salary and Position Details:
The Watershed Management Coordinator initially will be a contracted employee and will report to the Baldwin County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. The position’s salary range is between $40,000 and $50,000 per year commensurate with experience. The position is currently funded for one year and continued employment is contingent upon demonstrated success of WMP implementation and securing additional funding.
Send a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references to Rhonda Bryars, District Administrative Coordinator, Baldwin County Soil & Water Conservation District, 207 Faulkner Drive, Ste 107, Bay Minette, AL 36507 or by email: email@example.com. For more detailed job description and responsibilities please request by email or by visiting the Baldwin County Soil & Water Conservation District office during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New Osprey Nesting Platforms Installed in Alabama
Finding a suitable place to build a nest can be a challenge for osprey that live along the Alabama coast. Thanks to an early restoration project approved by the Trustees in late 2015, osprey now have five new nesting platforms to choose from in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The Osprey Restoration in Coastal Alabama project provided these additional locations to increase the nesting success of osprey and help mitigate the injuries they suffered due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The large poles and platforms have been installed by the Alabama Coastal Foundation at Delta Port Marina (Coden), Penalver Park (Dauphin Island), Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (Baldwin County), Mo’s Landing (Gulf Shores), and Gulf State Park (Orange Beach).
As we work along the coast, it is the Trustees’ responsibility to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including preservation of historical artifacts in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act. To ensure we’re meeting those responsibilities, we increased the project budget by about $5,000 to support archaeological monitoring and inspection during installation of the large nesting platforms.
We’re very excited the installation of the platforms has been completed and hope to see osprey using them during nesting season this spring. Please watch our web page for additional updates.
If you know someone who might be interested in information about the Gulf Spill Restoration effort, forward this email to them and ask them to sign up for our updates.
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.
On March 24, 2017, EPA Administrator Pruitt issued an agency-wide memorandum on implementation of Executive Order 13777, which announced members of the required Regulatory Reform Task Force, and directed EPA program offices to seek public input on existing regulations and report findings to the Task Force by May 15.
Comment period ended on May 15, 2017
How to Comment: You may submit comments in writing, using Email, Docket or mail. Submit comments to:
Mail: Office of Policy Regulatory Reform, Mail Code 1803A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460
EPA Offices are conducting outreach described below (updates to the list may be found at https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform#Public)
- April 24: The Office of International and Tribal Affairs will host an outreach call with tribal representatives on April 24, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT.
- April 24: The Office of Air and Radiation plans a public meeting via teleconference on April 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
- April 25: The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization plans a public meeting on April 25, 2017, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT.
- April 26: The Office of Water is planning to meet with water associations, including ECOS, ACWA, ASDWA, and GWPC on April 26, 2017, from 1 - 3 p.m.
- May 2: The Office of Water is planning a virtual listening session for the public on May 2, 2017, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- May 4: The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention will meet with the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee on May 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT.
- May 9: The Office of Land and Emergency Management, will host a public meeting to obtain public feedback on May 9, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT in Arlington, VA.
For more information about the public participation in regulatory reform, please visit https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform#Public
Joint Public Notice
U.S Army Corps of Engineers-Mobile District, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Region 4, and Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Maintenance Dredging and Placement Activities Mobile Harbor Project, Mobile County, Alabama
Joint Public Notice
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Alabama Department of Environmental Management for Proposed Maintenance and Placement of Dredged Material for Fly Creek Navigation Project.
In partnership with
MOBILE BAY NATIONAL ESTUARY PROGRAM'S
BUSINESS RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Invites you to participate in an Amphibious Assault clean-up of One Mile Creek and the Maple Street tributary as an implementation measure of the Three Mile Creek Watershed Management Plan.
When: Friday November 11th from 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. (join us all day or an hour or two). Lunch will be provided, along with gloves, pickers, and bags.
Where: One Mile Creek from the confluence with TMC to the headwaters in downtown Mobile and Maple St. tributary from street end to its confluence with One Mile Creek.
What: Removal of “legacy trash” by boat along shorelines and water surface.
Why: To address pervasive and long standing problem that compromises habitat value, water quality, and aesthetics.
Contact Rick Frederick with the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program for additional information, (251) 380-7941 or firstname.lastname@example.org