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  • Bay Bites — Mobile Baykeeper
    Muddy Water Watch Cleanups Annual Events Volunteer Resources Bay Blog Report a Concern Our Events Events Home Calendar The Grandman Triathlon Bay Bites Bay Bash Gallery 2015 Contribute Our Events Events Home Calendar The Grandman Triathlon Bay Bites Bay Bash Gallery 2015 Purchase Tickets Bay Bites July 20 2016 5 p m 8 p m Mobile Baykeeper s Young Advisory Council will be hosting Bay Bites IV on July 20 2016 at Cooper Riverside Park from 5 p m to 8 p m Come enjoy a variety of different cuisines from several local food trucks craft beer live music and lawn games on the beautiful waterfront of the Mobile River Many Thanks to all of our Food Trucks from 2015 Follow the links below to their Facebook Pages to find out when they will be making a stop in your neighborhood bacon my day Ben s burga kaboose Grits and Grub cHEF wiLL hUGHES Von s Geaux Boy Frios Gourmet Pops Purchase Tickets Many Thanks to all of our Bay Bites Sponsors from 2015 Back to Top Bay Blog Partnerships Partnerships 100 1000 ADEM Reform Coalition Alabama Stormwater Partnership Alabama Renewal Group Coastal Alabama Stormwater Team Hire Alabama First Annual

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-bites/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Bay Bash — Mobile Baykeeper
    Bay Bash Gallery 2015 Contribute Our Events Events Home Calendar The Grandman Triathlon Bay Bites Bay Bash Gallery 2015 Purchase Tickets Bay Bash October 13 2016 6 p m to 9 p m Five Rivers Delta Resource Center Bay Bash is our annual celebration of our coastal community Taste phenomenal Alabama Gulf Coast seafood prepared by our local restaurants sip on Bay Bash signature cocktails win prizes at our silent auction and enjoy great music overlooking the Mobile Tensaw Delta This event benefits Mobile Baykeeper s efforts to promote clean water clean air and healthy communities throughout the Mobile Bay Watershed Alabama s waterways and coastal communities Thank you to this year s Bay Bash sponsors who made this amazing event possible and continue to support us in our endeavor to promote fishable swimmable drinkable water If your business or organization is interested in sponsoring this event or donating food or drink please contact Justine Herlihy at jherlihy mobilebaykeeper org Volunteer Purchase Tickets Many Thanks to all of our Bay Bash 2015 sponsors Osprey Sponsor Volkert Inc Brown Pelican Sponsor Thompson Engineering Norton Lilly Wilkins Miller Snowy Plover Sponsor Chris Myers Auto Mall Cunningham Bounds LLC Back to Top Bay

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-bash/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Gallery 2015 — Mobile Baykeeper
    Earth Day Mobile Bay 4 18 15 Fairhope Earth Day Mobile Bay 4 18 15 Fairhope Earth Day Mobile Bay 4 18 15 Fairhope Earth Day Mobile Bay 4 18 15 Fairhope Earth Day Extravaganza 4 24 15 GSHS Earth Day Extravaganza 4 24 15 GSHS Earth Day Extravaganza 4 24 15 GSHS Earth Day Extravaganza 4 24 15 GSHS Earth Day Extravaganza 4 24 15 GSHS Earth Day Extravaganza 4 24 18 GSHS Holly Rachel Earth Day Extravaganza 4 24 15 GSHS Holly Rachel 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 2015 Grandman Triathlon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/gallery/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Contribute — Mobile Baykeeper
    only with your help that we can continue to protect the beauty of Mobile Bay A one time donation a renewed membership a day of volunteer work or a report of pollution it is the community that enables and motivates the staff at Mobile Baykeeper to do what we love Join us in protecting our community our homes and the beauty health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed Alabama s waterways and coastal communities Donation membership Your donation allows us to connect with and create partnerships throughout the community We coordinate conservation and restoration projects with our partners enabling us to fight for the protection of the Mobile Bay Watershed Make a Donation Careers Internships Working with Mobile Baykeeper offers one of the most rewarding job opportunities available protecting the beautiful place we call home for ourselves for our community and for future generations Find out how to become part of the team here Careers Internships Volunteer Tell your friends and family about the importance of the Mobile Bay Watershed the place you call home There s no better way to make an impact than to become an active advocate yourself Join Mobile Baykeeper now and help make an

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/contribute/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Tales from the Field: The Value of Partnership — Mobile Baykeeper
    her magic The skies began to clear as the sun started to rise and the day was already looking a whole lot better We then met Judy Mary Kate and Jacob from The Nature Conservancy who would be our fearless leaders for the day Sam an AmeriCorps Vista with Alabama Coastal Foundation ACF was also there to help After loading up our gear and stepping into our waders the seven of us hopped in the boat and began our journey for the day Judy Haner of the Nature Conservancy discusses the plan of action with the team Our destination would be Coffee Island located directly south of Bayou La Batre in the Mississippi Sound On the way Judy gave us a brief background on the significance of the island and the work we would be doing As monitors our job was to evaluate different sections of the oyster reef created during an oyster restoration project by the Nature Conservancy back in 2010 to fight erosion We were educated pretty quickly on the important role oysters play in our ecosystem and how their habitat is being threatened Because of its proven success the project served as a catalyst for the RESTORE 100 100 Coastal Alabama Project a partnership formed between The Nature Conservancy Mobile Baykeeper ACF and The Ocean Foundation in response to the BP Oil Disaster in 2010 The goal of the partnership was to address environmental impacts from the disaster and build 100 miles of living shoreline to protect 1 000 acres of seagrass and marsh Reef restoration at Coffee Island in Portersville Bay AL Credit Beth Maynor Young 2010 As a means to study and monitor this the general idea is that metal wire baskets filled with crushed rock and oyster shells are placed into the water surrounding the island Ideally new oysters will colonize these man made oyster reefs This will provide a semi permanent structure that protects the fragile island shoreline from wave energy and erosion It also creates a fertile habitat for all sorts of critters including sport fish oysters and other critters and plants that are essential to the food chain in swallow bays The group moves to another site to assess health of oyster reefs near Coffee Island With clipboards pens rulers pliers and buckets in hand we split into three teams assigned with different tasks as we circled around the island for the next few hours We worked our way from one basket to the next counting how many live adult oysters and oyster spats juvenile oysters we found in each basket The Nature Conservancy has tried a few different methods by changing what they put in the baskets to determine what is the best material to foster oysters in these oyster reefs We found very interesting results as we made our way around the island Judy Haner of The Nature Conservancy and Mobile Baykeeper Program Coordinator Cade Kistler celebrate a successful day monitoring oyster in Portersville Bay Before we knew it

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/tales-from-the-field-the-value-of-partnership (2016-02-18)
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  • From Los Angeles to Lower Alabama — Mobile Baykeeper
    now 2 How can I turn that passion into something I can do for a living 3 Where do I want to be of service It s a tough job but someone s got to do it These questions started opening doors for me beyond anything I could have imagined I started to figure out my path and goals the kind of people I needed to be around and how I could give back Since my background was in theatre my goal was to be a part of the theatre community in LA and I hit the jackpot with a company called Circle X I wanted to get experience working in the film industry and before I knew it I found myself working on set with the likes of Jack Nicholson Amanda Peet and Diane Keaton and landing a crew position and small role on the popular TV show Arrested Development as Henry Winkler s girlfriend dreams do come true While working on Arrested Development I began to realize that I enjoyed working behind the camera much more than I enjoyed being in the limelight About that time as luck would have it I met some of the most talented filmmakers in town and they asked me to produce and star in their first feature film I had found it Producing was my calling and throughout the rest of my time in LA I worked in production and as a Producer for a variety of different projects This helped reignite my desire and provided opportunities to work from the heart and lead projects that were going to make a difference in the world My passion had become protecting the environment and I eventually landed a job working with an innovative company called EcoSet Consulting whose mission is to lower the negative environmental impact that commercial sets and events can have on the planet These would prove to be some of the most rewarding years of my life After 14 years of building a life in the City of Angels I realized I was outgrowing LA and was longing to be closer to my family I wanted to take my experiences and what I learned and put them to use in a community where I could really make a difference Around this same time I just so happened to meet my partner Paul and thus began my transition to life on the East Coast We wished to settle somewhere that could serve all of our professional needs while also being part of building a meaningful community Leading the Eco Team on a huge commercial in NYC By the end of this very long day I wasn t as happy Cleaning up the planet can be challenging Little did we know that he would land a job in Mobile Alabama as the Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice at The University Of South Alabama and that all those wishes would come true for us in the South or as one of my

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2016/1/20/from-los-angeles-to-lower-alabama-and-lessons-from-the-journey-in-between (2016-02-18)
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  • Mobile, Will You Marry Me? — Mobile Baykeeper
    crossroads of circumstance don t you want to leave that location better than you found it If we are merely traveling individuals fortunate to land in a particular place shouldn t we set the bar at the highest standard for others to follow At Mobile Baykeeper we set those high standards We are champions for our place and are dedicated to protecting the beauty health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed Our watershed is an immense network of over 250 separate waterways including rivers bays creeks and bayous that wind through the Delta before entering the Bay What happened The Delta sometimes known as the Bay s backyard has deep historical and natural roots spanning from arguably the last battle of the Civil War to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America Mobile previously known as the city of six flags can partially attribute its diverse heritage to the Spanish and French explorers who settled in Little Bateau in the Delta in the 1500s We are rich in culture and forever growing from the lessons of those who settled our place long before we were here Who is there As Mobilians we are no strangers to claiming our territory believing no challenge is too large to face and being immensely proud of what we have We do not hesitate to welcome out of town guests and share with them the lessons we have learned from our beautiful place Bless their hearts they never quite know what they are getting into even during a short visit I have never met a Mobile native shy of explaining where we all come from and why we are all still here We have such a powerful connection to the land and all of the many waters surrounding us Over the years my grandfather unfailingly explained to me the value of our place our individual and communal calling to defend what we have and why we are so uniquely fortunate to call this place home Environmental stewardship in a place like Mobile whose economy is directly tied to its natural resources is the key to success for our community Who is coming It was no coincidence that the first word Alabama native Helen Keller learned was water As individuals our bodies are made up of two thirds water For us Mobilians our watershed covers two thirds of the state of Alabama In Helen s autobiography The Story of My Life she described her first experience with water when teacher Anne Sullivan placed her hand under a stream and began spelling w a t e r into her palm Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as something forgotten a thrill of returning thought and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me she wrote I then knew w a t e r meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand That living world awakened my soul gave it a light hope joy set it free Helen s connection

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2016/1/6/mobile-will-you-marry-me (2016-02-18)
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  • Take the First Step! — Mobile Baykeeper
    waterways national environmental organizations release reports on monumental environmental problems facing the planet and new threats concerning the health of the Bay and our waterways are identified Before you know it all this doom and gloom about the environment can begin to feel overwhelming The entirety of these challenges spread before you can be off putting Even for someone who works on these issues for a living it still intimidates me at times So what are we to do when the obstacles we face are so complex and immense One very simple mantra is my guide in such situations Take the first step Sometimes the mountains ahead of us can seem insurmountable When we look up and see the great heights to which we will have to climb we may feel discouraged and tempted to give up How will I ever reach the top I suggest you do not worry about the mountain looming above you cannot climb it all it once anyway Instead focus on taking the first step then the second In the words of J R R Tolkien Little by little one travels far Therefore my challenge to you is simple Take the first step Pick up one piece of litter start recycling volunteer with Mobile Baykeeper carpool to work As you take each successive step you will be amazed at what will happen Not only will you find that the actions you may have perceived as insignificant are making a big difference you will also find that each subsequent step actually gets easier rather than harder Once you have taken that initial step tell a friend or family member about what you are doing and get them involved too Working with friends is more fun than going it alone and together you will make an even

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2015/12/15/take-the-first-step (2016-02-18)
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