Overview

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Mission: To promote wise stewardship of the water quality characteristics and living resource base of Alabama's estuarine waters.

The Mobile Bay NEP, created in 1996 and one of 28 designated Estuaries of National Significance, serves as a catalyst for action by bringing a diverse array of stakeholders to the table to address many ongoing environmental issues, including, but not limited to:

Stormwater runoff
Wetlands, stream, and shoreline restoration
Watershed management planning
Expanding public access opportunities
Community Engagement

The Mobile Bay Watershed includes over 65% of the State of Alabama and portions of Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee, draining 43,662 square miles of landscape. Over 20% of the nation's water flows through this Watershed, impacting the health and vitality of Alabama's coastal economies and environment.

What We Do: The Mobile Bay NEP provides critical leadership in brining business interests together with elected officials, community leaders, industry, academia, resource managers, and citizen groups together to build consensus around common environmental protection goals. We develop and implement a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. It was created based upon local input to support local priorities that protect our water quality, sustain populations of key living resources, manage vital habitats, mitigate human impacts, and build citizen stewardship.

Since 2013, the MBNEP has successfully leveraged its EPA funding of $600,000 per year into more than $32,000,000 of investment in Alabama's coastal restoration activities, representing a return of close to eight dollars for every dollar invested. The Program enjoys a level of credibility in the community and across the State as an agency of science-based action and key partner for the State of Alabama in planning for and implementing restoration activities funded Deepwater Horizon-related sources. Furthermore, the MBNEP is one of but a few programs recently reauthorized by Congress. The reauthorization was even approved at a higher funding level and previous years, illustrating the value Congress places on work and accomplishments of this Program.