- Three Mile Creek and its surrounding watershed present an extraordinary opportunity for the Cities of Mobile and Prichard to turn what is now a community liability, due to its degraded condition, into a community amenity and a waterway destination. The major challenges facing this watershed can be categorized into these five major issues: Stormwater, Wastewater, Ecological, Access and Sea Level Rise. Three Mile Creek suffers from the negative effects of stormwater runoff in a highly urbanized area. The purpose of this WMP is to document the current state of water quality and ecology; evaluate improvement measures and practices that could be implemented; and recommend a prioritized list of actions needed to improve water quality; ecological integrity, and by extension, the quality of life in the watershed.
- Since the beginning of Three Mill Creek restoration planning, it was understood that interacting with and engaging with the public will be critical to the project's success. Information gleaned from earlier reports and articles, such as the City of Mobile Tricentennial Green Space Master Plan (2002) and the New Plan for Mobile (2009) demonstrated a strong public will to make Three Mile Creek an accessible recreational destination. Dewberry and the MBNEP made public engagement an equal priority to understanding the scientific and technical aspects of creek restoration. Therefore, the Three Mile Creek Engagement Committee was assembled to ensure that the WMP process was clear and transparent to the public and that all sources of input were incorporated into the planning. Committee members, including concerned citizens, non-governmental organization members, academic and industry representatives, and local and state officials, contributed diverse expertise and knowledge regarding Three Mile Creek and its watershed communities.
What People Are Saying
- "It would be awesome to have a bike path from the University to downtown. I think a lot of students would use the path for their daily commute."
- "Three Mile Creek is really a wilderness in the middle of a city. Imagine what we could do if we developed a trail for people's use."
- "Developing a Three Mile Creek linear park could be Mobile's Central Park, our escape from urban life."
- "The possiblity of having a greenway and bicycle access along the creek from Springhill to downtown is a game changer for the City of Mobile and all of the citizens and communities along the creek." --Mike Robers, Mobile citizen