The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, established in 1995 is a partnership of local and state government agencies, the business community and conservation groups. The program released its draft Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) in 2001 and is currently awaiting approval from the Governor of Alabama for final submission to the EPA. The CCMP is a collaboration of the community focusing on the following five issues important to the peoples of Coastal Alabama: water quality, living resources, habitat management, human uses, and education and public involvement. Implementation of the management plan has already begun through collaboration with several state agencies. Additional action plan implementation will focus on greater community involvement through environmental education and outreach projects.
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Alabama Coastal Foundation volunteers’ data is used for trend research by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. We make our information available to the public through periodicals. We also participate in the annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup and the Center for Marine Conservation’s Marine Debris Monitoring Project.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dog River Clearwater Revival is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving water quality in this urban stream that drains almost all of Mobile, Alabama. The organization has established a volunteer monitoring network, is compiling an oral history of the area, and is working on identifying and reporting major sources of sediment to the river. A quarterly newsletter is posted on the group’s website.
Mobile Bay Watch Inc./Mobile BayKeeper‘s mission is to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Area. Formed in March of 1997 to stop a new chemical plant from coming into the area the organization soon discovered a host of other environmental and health concerns affecting homes and quality of life. The group has been successful working with politicians, business, industrial, and citizen leaders to begin studying the impacts of industrial growth in the region.
Wolf Bay Watershed Watch