Five-Year Update to Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast
Over 150 key stakeholders and decision makers to attend workshop guiding sound environmental management along the Alabama coast
Mobile, AL: The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and Executive Committee Co-Chair Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will welcome federal, state, and local agencies, academia, industry, elected officials, and non-profits to a workshop to finalize a five-year update to Respect the Connect: A Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan 2013-2018. U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne will provide closing comments.
The-invitation only meeting will take place on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Al. The purpose of the gathering is to ensure that strategies for measuring estuary status and trends, restoring and protecting critical ecosystems, building community capacity, and expanding citizen stewardship resonate with the community, and are both achievable and science-based.
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program will facilitate this consensus-building and collaborative decision-making process to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of Alabama’s estuarine systems. The workshop will consist of six sessions with roundtable discussions related to Access, Fish and Wildlife, Beaches and Shorelines, Heritage and Culture, Community Resilience, and Water Quality.