The Mobile Bay NEP Management Conference consists of four consituent committees: Community Action Committee, Community Resources Committee, Government Networks Committee, and Project Implementation Committee; a Science Advisory Committee of experts from the various scientific disciplines who provide insights and a sound basis to be used by the other committees in their decision making processes; a Finance Committee that advises on raising the non-federal matching dollars to implement activities of the CCMP; and an Executive Committee – made up of representatives from each of the four main committees, EPA, the Science Advisory Committee, the Finance Committee and three at-large members – that develops policies on issues and funding, reviews/approves work plans and budgets, evaluates the performance of the Director, and sets financial goals for non-federal share.
A key principle of the Management Conference is to coordinate and cooperate with other ongoing resource management activities to avoid unnecessary duplication. In this regard, the program office plays a major role in coordinating estuary projects and outreach activities, thus providing a more far–reaching benefit than that of simply CCMP project management.
Executive Committee (active): The purpose of this committee is to provide general guidance, direction and support for the program. The Committee develops policies on issues and funding; Reviews/Approves work plans; sets financial goals for non-federal share obligation required to match EPA funds received (Finance Committee); and provides a platform for vetting emerging environmental issues from a variety of perspectives.
Government Networks Committee (active): The purpose of this committee is to bring State Agency Heads and regional government administrators together with local officials of the target area to more effectively communicate local needs/understand agency functions.
Business Resources Committee (active): The purpose of this committee is to bring together a balance of interested community leaders from industry, business, environmental services, and the non-profit sector to identify ways of balancing different sector needs and identifying commonalities among sectors; and to identify coastal issues that impact their interests.
Project Implementation Committee (active): The purpose of this committee is to bring together resource management agencies and organizations to undertake environmental restoration and education projects. In the past year, the “PIC” began to hold joint meetings with the Coastal Alabama Clean Water Partnership to align efforts.
Community Action Committee (active): The purpose of this committee is to bring together grassroots organizations for networking, information sharing, issues development, and cooperative training purposes that support the development of grassroots capacity for undertaking environmental activities on a place based scale.
Science Advisory Committee (active): The purpose of this committee is to provide guidance on priority setting by the program based on scientific understanding of the issues and to recommend necessary monitoring and research activities to inform the development of status and trends of the estuarine environment.
Finance Committee (active): The purpose of this committee is to develop local ownership, responsibility, and partnerships for investing in the long term conservation and protection of coastal Alabama's estuarine resources by establishing an investment program that mixes State, local, and private sources to exceed the non-federal share requirements of the EPA grant as well as other external funding awards.