The Planning

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has awarded the WMP contract to a consultant, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood who will work with Planning Next on the public participation activities.

Project Timeline
Goodwyn Mills & Cawood Team has prepared a schedule that will result in a final Watershed Management Plan Report being prepared within 12 months. We recognize the importance of being flexible and adaptable to changing client needs. We understand that conditions and priorities change over time and that a successful contractor must be able to accelerate activities when requested or adjust to changing priorities.

  • June 2015 - March 2016: Public Outreach and Education
  • December 2015 - January 2016: Watershed Characterization
  • January 2016 - April 2016: Land Use and Land Cover
  • March 2016 - June 2016: Watershed Conditions
  • March 2016 - May 2016: Identification of Critical Areas and Issues
  • July 2016 - November 2016: Watershed Goals and Objectives
  • July 2016 - October 2016: Management Measures
  • June 2016 - October 2016: Implementation Program
  • December 2016: Plan Adoption

Project Status
Reporting Period July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Reporting Period April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016
Reporting Period January 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016
Reporting Period October 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015


Watershed Characterization: A draft was completed and submitted to the editor on May 25, 2016. The document was returned from the editor, revised per editor's comments, and resubmitted to the editor on June 13, 2016.

Land Use and Land Cover: A final draft was delivered on April 15, 2016, and a revised version re-submitted on June 16, 2016.

Watershed Conditions: 1)Water quality data from ADEM, USGS, AWW, and MAWSS has been analyzed. Reports and summaries of the results from the sub-contractor are near completion. 2)The Resiliency section was received from the sub-contractor and is being reviewed. 3)The draft documents for the Stormwater Runoff, Storm Surge, Shorelines, and Access subsections are complete. 4)Field examination of the watershed conditions is in progress. 5)Three top priority areas-of-interest, as identified by Marlon R. Cook and Neil E. Moss' study ("Analysis of Discharge and Sediment Loading Rates in Tributaries of Dog River in the Mobile Metropolitan Area," Open File Report 1214), have been field checked and assessed for issues and potential solutions.

Public Involvement: The Public Participation and Education section of the Plan was delivered on April 15, 2016, and a revised version will be submitted to the editor by mid-July. The following Management Measures working groups were created: 1) Water Quality, Fish, and Wildlife; 2) Access, Culture, and Heritage; and 3) Resiliency and Shorelines. The groups will meet in the last week of July to brainstorm about measures to improve the watersheds' environment.

Meeting Information
Meeting 7-November 17, 2016: Notes
Meeting 6- July 26, 2016: Agenda, Notes, Presentation
Meeting 5-April 21, 2016: Agenda, Notes, Presentation
Meeting 4-December 10, 2015: Agenda, Notes, Presentation: Engagement Planning and Ongoing Efforts, Plan Development and Ongoing Efforts
Meeting 3-September 17, 2015: Agenda, Presentation: Research, Current & Relevant Planning, Community Engagement Process, Preliminary Water Quality Data Analysis, Doug Robison
Meeting 2-July 23, 2015: Agenda, Attendance List
Meeting 1-June 4, 2015: Agenda, Notes, Presentation: Kick Off Meeting: Why a watershed management plan?