Fowl River Watershed
In 2014, Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood (GMC) was contracted by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) through its Project Implementation Committee (PIC), to conduct a comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for the Fowl River Watershed located in Mobile County, Alabama. The watershed is identified by the hydrologic unit code (HUC) 031602050206 and encompasses approximately 39,769 acres within southern Mobile County. The headwaters of Fowl River begin near Theodore, Alabama and flow south to Bellingrath Gardens where the split between East Fowl River and West Fowl River occurs. East Fowl River flows northeast directly into Mobile Bay, and West Fowl River flows south into Mississippi Sound.
Purpose of the Watershed Management Plan
The MBNEP identified three goals in the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) as part of their five-year strategy (2013-2018): Improve trends in water quality in priority watersheds that discharge into priority fishery nursery areas; improve ecosystem function and resilience through protection, restoration, and conservation of habitats, including beaches, bays, backwaters, and rivers; and restore and/or expand human connections to Alabama's coastal resources. Read more...
Watershed Management Plan Goals
Goals identified by the MBNEP for the Fowl River Watershed plan are to:
1. Improve water quality to support healthy populations of fish and shellfish.
2. Improve habitats necessary to support healthy populations of fish and shellfish.
3. Protect continued customary uses of biological resources to preserve culture, heritage, and traditional ecological knowledge of the Watershed.
4. Improve watershed resiliency to sea level rise and changing climate impacts.
5. Expand opportunities for community access to the open spaces and waters of the Watershed.
For more information please contact:
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
118 N. Royal St. Suite 601
Mobile, AL 36602