The Planning

Contractor
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has awarded the WMP contract to a consultant, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood who will work with Planning Next on the public participation activities.  

Project Timeline
Goodwyn Mills & Cawood Team has prepared a schedule that will result in a final Watershed Management Plan Report being prepared within 12 months. We recognize the importance of being flexible and adaptable to changing client needs. We understand that conditions and priorities change over time and that a successful contractor must be able to accelerate activities when requested or adjust to changing priorities. 

Project Status
Reporting Period July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Reporting Period April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016
Reporting Period January 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016
Reporting Period October 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015

Accomplishments

  1. Watershed Characterization:
    1. A draft was completed and submitted to the editor on May 25, 2016. The document was returned from the editor, revised per editor's comments, and resubmitted to the editor on June 13, 2016.
  2. Land Use and Land Cover:
    1. A final draft was delivered on April 15, 2016, and a revised version re-submitted on June 16, 2016.
  3. Watershed Conditions:
    1. Water quality data from ADEM, USGS, AWW, and MAWSS has been analyzed. Reports and summaries of the results from the sub-contractor are near completion.
    2. The Resiliency section was received from the sub-contractor and is being reviewed.
    3. The draft documents for the Stormwater Runoff, Storm Surge, Shorelines, and Access subsections are complete.
    4. Field examination of the watershed conditions is in progress. Three top priority areas-of-interest, as identified by Marlon R. Cook and Neil E. Moss' study ("Analysis of Discharge and Sediment Loading Rates in Tributaries of Dog River in the Mobile Metropolitan Area," Open File Report 1214), have been field checked and assessed for issues and potential solutions.
  4. Public Involvement:
    1. The Public Participation and Education section of the Plan was delivered on April 15, 2016, and a revised version will be submitted to the editor by mid-July.
    2. The following Management Measures working groups were created: 1) Water Quality, Fish, and Wildlife; 2) Access, Culture, and Heritage; and 3) Resiliency and Shorelines. The groups will meet in the last week of July to brainstorm about measures to improve the watersheds' environment.

Next Steps

  1. Deliver the Characterization section of the plans
  2. Meet with the Management Measures Working Group
  3. Complete the field work and existing conditions of the watersheds
  4. Deliver the Conditions section of the plans
  5. Complete the Identification of Critical Areas and Issues, Goals and Objectives, and the Management Measures sections
  6. Deliver Identification of Critical Areas and Issues, Goals and Objectives, and the Management Measures sections

Meeting Information
Meeting 7: November 17, 2016

Meeting 6: July 26, 2016

Meeting 5: April 21, 2016

Meeting 4: December 10, 2015

Meeting 3: September 17, 2015

Meeting 2: July 23, 2015

Meeting 1: June 4, 2015

Watershed Management Plan
Dog River Watershed Management Plan
Dog River Watershed Management Plan Appendices