Eastern Shore Watershed Management Plan Completed

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Mobile, AL – The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) announces the completion of the Mobile Tensaw Apalachee Watershed Management Plan (WMP). The WMP provides a strategy for conserving and restoring coastal habitats that provide critical ecosystem services and have been identified by stakeholders as critical issues in the Eastern Shore Watershed.

The WMP identifies issues and data gaps related to watershed conditions; provides an implementation program recommending a prioritized list of actions to improve water quality, ecological integrity, and resilience; and includes a project implementation schedule, interim milestones, ways to measure or monitor progress, an education/outreach plan, and identification of technical and financial resources needed to address implementation success.

Thompson Engineering was selected to organize and lead the work of a Planning Team to prepare the WMP. Other members of the Planning Team included; Environmental Science Associates who conducted climate vulnerability and water quality assessments, Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc. who conducted the ecological evaluations; and M&R Solutions, LLC and Ephriam and Associates who assisted with stakeholder engagement and outreach.

The Eastern Shore WMP is available for download on the MBNEP website.

The mission of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is to promote the wise stewardship of the water quality and living resources of Alabama’s estuaries and coasts. MBNEP is one of 28 federally authorized estuary programs in the United States.

Visit our Eastern Shore Watershed page for more information.