The Community

Project Description
Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood (GMC) and their team were selected by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) to conduct supporting technical studies and prepare a Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for Dog River (Upper Dog, Lower Dog, and Halls Mill) and Garrows Bend watersheds located in Mobile County, Alabama. The purpose of the WMP is to guide watershed resource managers, policy makers, community organizations, and citizens to protect the chemical, biological, and cultural integrity of watersheds, and specifically its waters and habitats that support healthy populations of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and provide for recreation in and on the waters of the Mobile Bay estuary.


  • Listen and learn
  • Study data to understand resource conditions
  • Engage the community to find opportunities for environmental enhancement

Science focus:

  • Plan actions to achieve sustainable results based on science
  • Monitor, adapt and communicate throughout implementation

The goals and objectives of this watershed planning effort are to:

  • Improve water quality to support healthy populations of fish and shellfish;
  • Improve habitats necessary to support healthy populations of fish and shellfish;
  • Protect continued customary uses of biological resources to preserve culture, heritage and traditional ecological knowledge of the watersheds;
  • Improve watershed resiliency to sea level rise and changing climate impacts;
  • Expand opportunities for community access to the open spaces and waters of the watershed;
  • Follow Mobile Bay NEP Model for success;
  • Identification and prioritization of projects;
  • Develop implementation plan; and
  • Execute the plan/complete restoration projects.

In addition, the watershed planning effort must conform to the U.S. EPA’s nine elements of watershed planning:

  • Build Partnerships, including identification of key stakeholders and solicitation of community input and concerns;
  • Characterize the watersheds, including creation of a natural and cultural resource inventory, identification of causes and sources of impairments, identification of data gaps and estimation of pollutant loads;
  • Set goals and identify solutions including determination of pollutant reduction loads needed and management measures to achieve goals; and
  • Design an implementation program including an implementation schedule, interim milestones, criteria to measure progress, monitoring component, information, and education program, and identification of technical and financial assistance needed to implement the plan.

Outreach Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
Steering Committee Roles

Local Grassroots Groups

Dog River Clearwater Revival
The Peninsula of Mobile