Wolf Bay Watershed Management Plan Completion


Herndon Graddick
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
hgraddick@mobilebaynep.com (251) 422-3947

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program announces publication of Wolf Bay Watershed Management Plan

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program announced this week completion and publication of its Wolf Bay Watershed Management Plan (WMP).  The Plan will serve as a roadmap for citizens, policy makers, stakeholder organizations, and other groups who care about Wolf Bay to make informed decisions about potential actions having a direct effect on the health and productivity of their local waters.  It includes extensive input from the public, business, and environmental communities, as well as from local and state governments.

Because Wolf Bay is designated an Outstanding Alabama Water by the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, the vision of the Wolf Bay WMP was to identify specific and achievable measures to restore, protect, conserve, and preserve features of the Watershed to help maintain its special status. As with other MBNEP-developed watershed management plans, the Wolf Bay WMP describes the current conditions of the Watershed and identifies areas of concern as well as potential actions to improve conditions of Wolf Bay and prevent degradation in the future.

The Plan is the culmination of work by the MBNEP and the team of Volkert, Inc. and Allen Engineering and Science, who were awarded the contract for plan development in 2018. Located in southwestern Baldwin County, the Greater Wolf Bay Watershed includes three sub-watersheds: the Sandy/Wolf Creek, Miflin Creek, and Graham Bayou watersheds, encompassing approximately 36,296 acres, an area almost as large as Washington, DC. 

The mission of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is to promote the wise stewardship of Alabama’s estuaries and coast by using the best available science to measure status and trends, to restore benefits of healthy ecosystems, to build local capacity for environmental management and community resilience, and to grow the number of citizen stewards across our region.

To download a copy of the plan, please click here. Hard copies can be accessed at Foley City Hall, Graham Creek Preserve, and Elberta Town Hall. 
Christian Miller, Watershed Mngt Coordinator. MBNEP cmiller@mobilebaynep.com
Paige Felts, Project Manager, Volkert, Inc. paige.felts@volkert.com

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Western Shore Community Meetings for Watershed Management Planning

Date: January 17, 2020



The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is seeking input and feedback from citizens living along the Western Shore of Mobile Bay as a comprehensive plan to manage the care and use of its lands, habitats, shores, and waterways is developed. This focus area includes a complex of the three watersheds stretching along and draining into the Bay, from the industrial waterfront portions of the City of Mobile south to the Dauphin Island Causeway.

Anyone who lives, works, or plays in the Western Shore Complex is encouraged to attend, learn about the planning process and collection of data, and to express concerns and insights. Public input is critical to ensuring viewpoints of the people who know the area are addressed, problems are analyzed, and solutions and funding sources to pay for them are recommended.

The public is invited to Community meetings at locations along the Western Shore at dates and times listed below to provide opportunities to identify priorities and express hopes and concerns for maintaining or improving the quality of waters, habitats, and life there. Along with scientific studies to assess water quality, shoreline and habitat condition, and land use impacting Mobile Bay, public engagement is necessary to develop management strategies that include public priorities and address public concerns.

Community Meetings

  • Thursday, January 23 | 5:30-7:00 pm Elk’s Lodge, 2671 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, AL
  • Monday, February 3 | 5:30-7:00 pm Pelican Reef, 11799 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Theodore, AL
  • Monday, February 10 | 5:30-7:00 Hollinger’s Island Baptist Church, 2450 Island Road, Mobile, AL

“We know Mobile Bay is a very special place to so many people,” said MBNEP Director Roberta Swann. “This Plan is about ensuring the Bay continues to provide recreational, scenic, economic, environmental, and other benefits to all who care about it. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program’s mission is to ensure the wise stewardship of the quality and living resources of Alabama’s estuarine waters. The Western Shore Complex Watershed Management Plan is a key element to our mission, and community participation is vital to its development. We hope every resident who cares about Mobile Bay’s Western Shore will turn out.”

“We hope many people from all Western Shore watersheds come out and share their ideas about our future,” said Debi Foster, a member of the Steering Committee for the Plan, “The more people who participate, the better job we can do to make sure the plan addresses everyone’s interests and concerns.” For more information, visit our Western Shore page or contact Herndon Graddick (hgraddick@mobilebaynep.com (251) 380 7944).

WSWMP Press Release (PDF)

Posted on 01/17/20 at 01:33 PM Permalink

Dauphin Island “Trash Blows” Campaign Enters 2nd Year

Trash Blows - Don't Be Trashy Campaign Banner

Contact: Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop, Deputy Director
Organization: Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
Phone: 251-380-7944
Email: sbotop@mobilebaynep.com
Website: http://www.mobilebaynep.com
Date: July 18, 2019


The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and the Town of Dauphin Island move the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo “Trash Blows” campaign into its second year

As you drive down to the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo this weekend, pay attention to the blue and white signs along Dauphin Island Parkway and heed their messages.  The Town of Dauphin Island and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) will continue the “Trash Blows” campaign for the second year at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) to raise awareness about truck bed and boat trash to keep our coastal waterways clean.

Anglers and visitors to the ADSFR will see six highly visible banners emblazoned with a cartoon of trash blowing from the back of a pickup truck and trailered boat with the words: “Trash Blows…Stow it!” They will also see campaign-sized signs along Dauphin Island Parkway reminding north and south-bound traffic to stow their trash where it won’t become a roadside eyesore.

Yellow mesh trash bags for use on boats are available with the purchase of ADSFR tickets at partner businesses and the Liar’s Contest. Tee-shirts and other prizes will be given to anyone who visits the MBNEP Trash Blows table in the tent and with a social media post (Facebook, Instagram) showing any litter cleanup activity with the hashtag #trashblows.

For the second consecutive year, the ADSFR will feature recycling receptacles along with trash bins. This year, Osprey Initiative will oversee recycling, sorting and appropriately directing materials to recycling processors with the help of Thompson Engineering’s Eco-Team. Osprey, who has gained local attention for the installation of portable Litter Gitter trash collection devices in Dog River and Three Mile Creek, will display and sell truck bed trash receptacles in the tent.

The mission of the MBNEP is to promote the wise stewardship of the quality and living resources of Alabama’s estuarine waters. MBNEP Director Roberta Swann is excited about the campaign, and as a Coden resident who lives on DIP, she felt last year’s first Trash Blows campaign at the ADSFR made a real impact on this audience of sportsmen and women. “As a wife and mom of hardcore fishermen, I understand the importance of protecting the waters that make the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo so much fun and so successful. It’s important that those who most appreciate a resource understand ways that they can work to sustain it. I think the Trash Blows campaign raised awareness last year, and I’m optimistic that we’ll finish the weekend having created a few more stewards.”


Posted on 07/17/19 at 08:45 AM Permalink

Two New Additions to the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program


Two New Additions to the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) announces the hiring of Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop to serve as Deputy Director of the program and Katie Dylewksi as Project Manager.  Bloodworth Botop has served as Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Fairhope since 2017.  Dylewski graduated from Auburn University with a M.S. in Horticulture and was employed by the University for five years. 

Bloodworth Botop returned to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 2017 from Washington D.C. where she led the national foundation for the American Institute of Architects.  She served on the first White House Innovation team under the president’s Climate Action Plan and from this work was selected to participate in Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative which she completed in 2015.  She received the Points of Light Award for her recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina. 

“I look forward to working with Sherry-Lea in partnership with MBNEP. She is one of the most positive, collaborative people I’ve worked with”. Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope

Katie comes to the MBNEP having played a key role in developing the Low Impact Development Handbook for the State of Alabama and the Alabama Smart Yards Program.  Her experience with watershed management planning, grant writing, teaching workshops, and stream restoration will serve her well as she oversees and coordinates restoration projects in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. 

“Katie Dylewski brings a wealth of knowledge of watershed education, restoration, and problem solving.  She was a tremendous asset to Alabama Extension Water Team and will hit the ground running to improve, protect, and restore coastal watersheds as a member of the MBNEP team”.  Eve Brantley, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Auburn University & Alabama Cooperative Extension System

The MBNEP has grown in recent years and established itself as a leader in watershed planning and restoration initiatives.   “We are excited for Sherry-Lea and Katie to join our team and contribute to building resilient communities through environmental protection efforts recommended in Respect the Connect:  A Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast.  Sherry-Lea’s expertise working with local governments and community development and Katie’s field knowledge of plants and low impact development practices will be invaluable in improving how we manage Alabama’s coastal resources”.  Roberta Swann, Director, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

The mission of the MBNEP is to promote wise stewardship of Alabama’s estuaries and coast. It is a non-regulatory program focused on collective impact by bringing together citizens; local, state, and federal government agencies; businesses and industries; conservation and environmental organizations; and academic institutions to meet the challenges resulting from human impacts on the environment. The MBNEP works with these groups to determine how to best treat the Bay, our associated coastal waters, and their surrounding watersheds to ensure their protection and conservation for our lifetimes and beyond.

Press Release (PDF, 119KB)

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Press Release: CCMP Public Comment Period Extended


March 28, 2019

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) extends public comment period regarding updates to their five-year Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)

The Draft Update of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for 2019-2023 was released to the public for a 45-day comment period on February 1, 2019.  At the request of members of the MBENP Management Conference, the comment period has been extended an additional 45 days to allow for further review. A pdf file is available for viewing and downloading on the MBNEP webpage: 2019 RESPECT THE CONNECT: An Updated Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast Draft.  Comments should be directed to Bethany Dickey at bdickey@mobilebaynep.com by close of business on Friday, May 3, 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 administers 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, which includes federal, state, and local officials and agencies; industries; businesses; academia and citizen groups. Management Conference partners commit to roles implementing CCMP Goals, Objectives, and recommended activities to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of Alabama’s coastal waters and coasts.

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. 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. Contact: Rick Frederick  rfrederick@mobilebaynep.com  (251) 380-7941.

Download draft: 2019 RESPECT THE CONNECT: An Updated Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast Draft


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