Comprehensive and Conservation Management Plan (2013-2018)
In 2010, MBNEP initiated CCMP planning by recognizing a need to use citizen input as a foundation for future planning efforts. By basing the next CCMP on what people value, our hope is to more fully engage our coastal community in taking ownership of our environmental future. MBNEP hired Research Strategies, Inc. to undertake an assessment of what people value most and what concerns them most about living in coastal Alabama. In sum, these efforts produced input from over one thousand residents. An analysis of this input revealed six common values that are most important to our coastal quality of life:
Access to water/open spaces for recreation and vistas ~ Beaches and Shorelines protection, economy, beauty ~ Fish habitats, abundance, livelihood ~ Heritage/Culture protecting the legacy of the coast ~ Resiliency capacity of human and natural physical systems to rebound from unforeseen events, protecting beauty ~ Water Quality whether drinkable, fishable or swimmable, the public places high value on quality rivers, creeks and bays. Click here to download the CCMP.
Joe's Branch Restoration
With a Comprehensive Management Plan for the D’Olive Creek, Tiawasee Creek, and Joe’s Branch Watershed completed in August 2010, partners are making progress towards implementing measures recommended to address the primary problems impacting its 23 miles of streams and downstream receiving waters. This 7,700-acre watershed includes portions of Daphne and Spanish Fort and has been plagued by excessive erosion and sedimentation since the early 1970s. With steep, hilly terrain; sandy, erodible soils; hardened, developed surfaces; and, on average, five and a half feet of hard rainfall annually, the D’Olive Watershed presents “the perfect storm” of stormwater impacts. All three principal streams and two unnamed tributaries appear on the State’s 303(d) List of Impaired Waters Bodies for siltation and habitat alteration (from development).
Management measures recommended in the WMP include restoration or mitigation of past environmental impacts, policy or regulatory changes, and opportunities to employ “cutting edge" technologies for green infrastructure and low-impact development. Click here to download the latest update.
Three Mile Creek
With a Comprehensive Management Plan completed for the Three Mile Creek Watershed completed in September 2014, partners are making progress towards implementing recommended measures to address the primary problems impacting Mobile’s historic waterway. These problems include Excessive water quality pollutants ~ Illicit connections ~ Effects of stormwater runoff ~ Altered watershed hydrology ~ Altered creek geomorphology ~ Submerged aquatic vegetation ~ Potential groundwater contamination ~ Abundance of invasive species.
WMP Implementation. With five Primary Goals, improving water quality, providing access to resources, protecting and improving fish and wildlife health, restoring the heritage and cultural connection between the watershed and community, and planning to prepare for climate resiliency, identified projects having the greatest potential to provide early benefits. Grouped under the challenges facing TMC, these are the first WMP-recommended projects being undertaken: Access, Stormwater, Ecology, Sea Level Rise. Click here to read more.
2002-2012 CCMP Database
Starting in 2004, MBNEP began to catalog actions that had been taken by the various members of the management conference to implement the CCMP. This catalog evolved into an online database organized by objective area: Water Quality, Living Resources, Habitat Management, Human Uses, and Education and Public Involvement. Please note: This database is a work in progress, and has not been updated since 2006. We will continue to develop this and encourage other management conference members to assist in providing information activities to build this inventory of community environmental accomplishments. Visit 2002-2012 CCMP Database