Request for Qualifications: Western Shore Watershed Management Planning

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program seeks a qualified environmental planning, engineering, natural resource planning, or other similar firm to prepare a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the Western Shore complex of watersheds in Mobile County, Alabama. A Request for Qualifications process is being used to select a firm who can develop such a conceptual engineering master plan based on new and available data. A mandatory pre-submittal conference will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. CST on Monday, February 18, 2019  in the Killian Room at the International Trade Center located at 250 N. Water St. in Mobile, AL. Statements must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. CST, Friday, March 8, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to: Christian Miller,  cmiller@mobilebaynep.com 251-459-8871. The most recent RFQ can be downloaded by clicking here.
 

Posted on 02/08/19 at 09:32 PM Permalink

Three Mile Creek Upcoming Community Listening Sessions

The City of Mobile invites you to the Three Mile Creek Greenway Community Listening Sessions held on Tuesday, January 29, Wednesday, January 30, or Thursday, January 31 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Make plans to attend and review the Conceptual Design Plan for the Greenway Trail design presented as part of the Community Listening Sessions. You are invited to actively engage and voice your opinion on the design components of the Three Mile Creek Greenway. Don't miss your opportunity to share your ideas - reserve your spot now! Reservations encouraged, but not required. Everyone is invited!

Tuesday, January 29
Dumas Wesley Community Center
126 Mobile Street
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 30
Mobile Museum of Art
4850 Museum Dr
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm  

Thursday, January 31
Ashland Place United Methodist Church
115 Wisteria Ave
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

Register Now 

Posted on 01/22/19 at 12:37 PM Permalink

Adapting Stormwater Management for Coastal Floods

https://coast.noaa.gov/stormwater-floods/

Posted on 12/14/18 at 11:49 AM Permalink

Trash Blows Campaign featured in Trash Free Waters

https://www.epa.gov/trash-free-waters

Posted on 12/14/18 at 11:45 AM Permalink

Hypoxic dead zones found in urban streams

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181211144644.htm

Posted on 12/12/18 at 10:32 AM Permalink

Stormwater fee approved by Mobile City Council

Stormwater fee approved by Mobile City Council

story reported by Fox10 News

Posted on 08/22/18 at 08:11 AM Permalink

Area Mayors Tour Stream Restoration

Daphne, AL: Mobile Mayor, Sandy Stimpson,  Daphne Mayor, Dane Haygood and Baldwin County republican nominees for county commissioner, Billie Jo Underwood, Jeb Ball, and Joe Davis along with key staff members from both Mobile, Daphne and Baldwin County to tour ongoing and completed stormwater management and stream restoration projects in and around Daphne, Thursday, July 26th.

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), Executive Director, Roberta Swann hosted the tour to demonstrate how MBNEP has successfully worked on behalf of multiple stakeholders, the City of Daphne, the City of Spanish Fort, and Baldwin County to implement stormwater management and stream restoration projects in the D'Olive watershed.  The goal is to foster collaborations with all the various stakeholders and local governmental bodies to implement similar projects in the future. 

Since the release of the D’Olive Watershed Management Plan in 2010, MBNEP has helped Daphne leverage funding resulting in an excess of $12 Million of restoration projects in the watershed. Restoration began in response to concerns about the excessive sedimentation of Lake Forest Lake and D’Olive Bay.  Extensive monitoring was performed to determine the origins of the sediment pollution resulting in a list of multiple areas that were in emergency need of restoration.

At the top of the list of problem areas was a head-cut on an unnamed tributary of Joe’s Branch that was dangerously close to damaging Highway 31 in Spanish Fort.  Through funding from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), a step-pool stormwater conveyance was built as a balance between creating a stormwater facility that could handle excessive flow with the desire to restore ecological function.

Since the Joe’s Branch restoration MBNEP has worked with Daphne and Spanish Fort to improve eight other areas in the watershed that were significant contributors to sediment pollution.  These projects included funding from the NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund a result of the BP Oil Spill.

As RESTORE and other funding becomes available, MBNEP hopes to highlight the successes in Daphne as a model for other stormwater problem areas in Mobile and Baldwin Counties as highlighted in the additional watershed management plans that MBNEP has published over the last 5 years.

Addressing these stormwater issues requires collaboration between multiple governments, stakeholder groups, partners, agencies, and funding sources. As an independent intermediary, MBNEP has a track-record of bringing these various parties to the table, come to a consensus and make progress on issues related to stormwater and pollution.

Posted on 07/25/18 at 05:17 PM Permalink

Launch of 3MC Partnership

3MC held a public announcement of the Private/Public partnership to support the development of the Mobile Greenway Trail.

3MC Partnership is a coalition of volunteers working to bring people together around the vision of creating a transformational corridor of renewal in the Three Mile Creek watershed in Mobile, AL. 3MC Partnership works  with the City of Mobile and private sector stakeholders to support the development of the Mobile Greenway Trail and amenities, neighborhood renewal and development in the Three Mile Creek corridor, and the creation of a more usable waterway through the environmental restoration of Three Mile Creek. 

Vision: Create a transformational corridor of renewal in the Three Mile Creek watershed.

Leadership

  • Mike Rogers, Chairman
  • Warren Greene, Vice Chairman
  • Jacquitta Powell Green, At Large
  • Chris Lee, At Large
  • Michelle Rumpf, At Large
  • Bill Sisson, At Large
  • Sarah Stashak, Fundraising
  • Roberta Swann, Watershed Restoration

Visit their website for more info

Posted on 05/09/18 at 05:28 PM Permalink

ALDOT Three Mile Creek Grant

The Alabama Department of Transportation is awarding the City of Mobile $555,092 to lengthen the existing Three Mile Creek Greenway westward to the University of South Alabama Medical Center, the city announced Friday.

Posted on 04/27/18 at 05:37 PM Permalink

$300,000 Award for Watershed Protection from U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program - Mobile Alabama
For Immediate Release (April 28, 2018)

Atlas area in Alabama and Tombigbee Watersheds

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has been awarded a grant of $300,000 over two years by the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program managed by U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities with additional funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The project’s goal is to advance strategic protection of healthy habitat parcels in Mobile-Tombigbee (HUC 0315), and Alabama River (HUC 0316) basins through the development of a Mobile Basin Habitat Atlas identifying healthy headwater habitat parcels in Alabama. The goal of the atlas is to protect over 10,000 acres of priority headwater habitats in the first year and a total of 100,000 acres in five to ten years.

The $300,000 awarded to Mobile Bay National Estuary Program represents an important start for their focus on the Tensaw/Apalachee watershed management planning due to begin this year.

Watershed Management Planning is a key tool MBNEP uses to fulfil its mission to be good stewards of Alabama's estuaries. The resulting plan is an important first steps in preserving water quality in our area's streams, rivers, and wetlands and depends on public involvement and “stakeholders” who know the area, recognize its problems, and are invested in its health and resilience. Each plan includes a watershed description that educates communities about the geography, geology, biology, ecology, and hydrology of the drainage area’s land and water. It identifies causes and/or sources of pollution or impairment, identifies gaps in data related to watershed conditions, and estimates pollutant loads that enter the receiving waters.

Mobile Bay NEP has completed Watershed Management Plans for D’Olive Creek, Three Mile Creek, Fowl River, Bon Secour, Weeks Bay, and Dog River. The Mississippi Sound Complex plan is under development, and Wolf Bay and Tensaw Appalache watersheds are next in line with the goal of completing all intertidal watersheds in coastal Alabama in the next few years.

In its third year, the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program is awarding 22 grants with more than $4 million to protect America’s watersheds with the goal of accelerating and expanding the strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. EPA and The Endowment each committed $3.75 million and NRCS $3.5 million, to the six year partnership. In this third year of the program, 76 applications requesting $14 million were received.  This is the first Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant received by the MBNEP.

Posted on 04/26/18 at 02:22 PM Permalink