Western Shore

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) received funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GBEF) to develop watershed management plans (WMP) for several intertidal watersheds along the Alabama coast. The Western Shore Complex was identified as one of the priority watersheds and the MBNEP partnered with the Mobile County Soil and Water Conservation District to develop the Western Shore Watershed Management Plan.

The vision of this plan is to maintain healthy watershed environments with the Western Shore Watershed Complex (WSW) by fostering a coordinated effort to protect, restore, and enhance these critical habitat types. This is intended to ultimately enhance overall ecosystem services offered with the WSW footprint and surrounding areas by preserving and restoring water quality, natural habitats, biological resources, and recreational resources. The purpose of the Plan is to guide watershed resource mangers, policy makers, community organizations, and citizens to protect the chemical, biological, and cultural integrity of the Complex, and specifically its waters and habitats, supporting healthy populations of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and providing recreation in and on these waters of coastal Alabama. This plan was completed in 2021 and is available to view or download by clicking the links below under Final Plan.

Final Plan

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August 5, 2020: Thank you to everyone in attendance during last week's Mobile Bay Western Shoreline Assessment and Opportunities virtual community meeting. We hope the material was useful and informative regarding the western shore of Mobile Bay. In conjunction with Dr. Bret Webb and the MBNEP, we were privileged to facilitate the meeting to discuss the importance of the western shore and potential opportunities that could be integrated into the Western Shore Watershed Management Plan. If you were unable to attend, we have shared the recording of the virtual meeting using the link below. Following the sign-in page, the video will begin and can be viewed at your own pace. https://gmcplanning.com/WesternShoreline.

During the conclusion of the meeting, several questions were discussed that required additional follow-up. Below are those resources and responses:

  • MASGC Living Shorelines Resources
  • Living Shorelines Academy
  • Living Shorelines: A Guide for Alabama Property Owners
  • In response to the question regarding "How many 50-year return period events have we experienced in the past 10 years?" The answer somewhat depends on the exact location and the type of flooding or flooding source. However, in terms of "coastal flooding" we have experienced zero 50-year return period events in the past 10 years. However, we have experienced two 50-year flood events in the past 20 years (Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina). For reference, the 50-year return period coastal flood elevation is somewhere between +7 and +8 feet.
  • We are also experiencing more frequent storms of lesser intensity. For example, we have had approximately three 10-year return period events in the past 12 years. On average, we should experience one 10-year return period event during a ten-year period. We seem to be experiencing about three times as many storms in an approximately similar period. Those storms were Hurricanes Ike (2008), Isaac (2012), and Nate (2017).
  • Climate scientists and meteorologists somewhat agree on two points. First, we will experience the lower intensity storms (Tropical Storm - Category 2) more frequently than in the past. Second, the frequency of extreme events (Category 3 and higher) will go down, but those storms are likely to be stronger than in the past.

If you wish to be involved further with the Western Shore Watershed Management Plan process, which resulted in this virtual community meeting on the western shore, please visit the planning website.

January 15, 2020: Western Shore Story Map, click here to enter and Tell Us What You Think!

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Deer River Watershed Pre-Restoration Assessment Technical Reports 2021
Western Shore Watershed Management DRAFT Plan Technical Reports 2021
Western Shore Watershed Management Plan and Appendices Watershed Management Plans 2021
Dauphin Island Watershed Management Plan Request for Proposals 2020
Deer River Alternatives Assessment Report Technical Reports 2020
Delchamps Bayou Community Meetings (February 3, 2020) Presentations 2020
Lower Fish River FAQ Request for Proposals 2020
Habitat Conservation and Restoration Plan for Coastal Alabama Technical Reports 2019
Western Shore Pre Submittal Meeting (February 18, 2019) Presentations 2019
Western Shore Watershed Management Planning (Closes: 5/8/2019) Request for Proposals 2019
Habitat Mapping of Mobile and Baldwin Counties Maps and Schematics 2016
GEMS-Gulf Ecological Management Sites of Coastal Alabama Report Brochures, other 2013
GEMS-Northern Mississippi Sound and Mon Louis Island Brochures, other 2013
Coastal Habitat Atlas: Acquisition and Restoration Priorities of Mobile and Baldwin Counties Data 2006
Theodore Ship Channel Project: Historical Report Technical Reports 1987

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