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  • Say "YES" — Mobile Baykeeper
    an ambitious high school student I thought Supreme Court Justice had a nice ring to it As a college student I imagined myself as a literature professor advertising executive entrepreneur film producer As a recent graduate I ventured to Washington D C to became a Pulitzer prize winning journalist What do all of these things have in common None of them involved returning home back to my roots in Mobile Bay But one day I realized I had been asking myself the wrong question all along It wasn t what I was meant to do but where I was meant to be While I have friends working for presidential campaigns and Fortune 500 companies the only place I can now imagine myself is on Mobile Bay working with others to transform this community I meet with like minded citizens to brainstorm how we ll create a trail that connects Three Mile Creek Mobile Bay and Dog River With countless other volunteers I ride on litter boats in our creeks and rivers rescuing abandoned tires cans and plastic bags from the water s clutches On a Saturday morning I find myself collecting apple snails an invasive species because I can t stop envisioning that Langan Park will be the Central Park of Mobile one day And I m not alone There s an entire organization of 4 000 people who share my vision and don t settle for the status quo When I was asked to become the president of the Young Advisory Council for Mobile Baykeeper I said yes because everyone deserves clean water Everyone deserves the opportunity to throw a cast net kayak a creek and swim in the bay I said yes because nothing makes me happier than seeing my nephew MacGuire float in Mobile Bay I said

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2015/12/1/say-yes (2016-02-18)
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  • Board Member Testimonials — Mobile Baykeeper
    Blog Report a Concern Our Events Events Home Calendar The Grandman Triathlon Bay Bites Bay Bash Gallery 2015 Contribute Mobile Baykeeper December 1 2015 Board Member Testimonials Mobile Baykeeper December 1 2015 I am committed to Mobile Baykeeper because this organization proves its commitment to our community every day Mobile Baykeeper strives to bring people and businesses together to create a healthy vibrant community Amy Powell Treasurer I am a part of Mobile Baykeeper because they are the champions for protecting and improving our environment I donate my time and talents to them because it is a good investment for the future of my children and my grandchildren Ray Mayhall Board Member My family and I give our time and support to Mobile Baykeeper because their mission impacts us all Our precious environment the resources and experiences we enjoy because of it and the economic growth directly influenced by it are priceless Rebecca Williams Secretary I support Mobile Baykeeper because they get things done Casi and her staff are results oriented and are out every day in the community putting it on the line for us and our environment Steve McClure Board Member The work of Mobile Baykeeper helps make all of our communities great great for our economy great for our environment and great for our people Debbie Quinn Board Member I am involved with Mobile Baykeeper because I believe in the work of protecting and preserving our water our air and our environment It directly impacts my quality of life my community s economic viability and most importantly my family s health and well being Kellie Hope Board Member Newer Post Say YES Older Post Meet The Interns Pt 1 Back to Top Bay Blog Partnerships Partnerships 100 1000 ADEM Reform Coalition Alabama Stormwater Partnership Alabama Renewal Group

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2015/12/1/board-member-testimonials (2016-02-18)
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  • Meet The Interns Pt. 1 — Mobile Baykeeper
    cruise on a friend or family member s boat I try to spend as much time on the water as possible which is what led me to Mobile Baykeeper Being part of an organization that works to protect and preserve all of our local waterways has been such a positive experience I graduated from Birmingham Southern in 2012 with a B S in Business Administration and a minor in Urban Environmental Studies After graduation I was in no hurry to start a career so I moved out west to the rocky mountain paradise of Jackson Hole WY where I spent the next three years During this time I worked seasonally at a fine dining Italian restaurant which allowed me to do quite a bit of traveling during the shoulder seasons to different areas throughout U S Central America and Southeast Asia After three years I was ready for a change and soon enough found myself back home interning for the summer So far I have done a little bit of everything here at Baykeeper From conducting research and attending meetings for the Mobile Greenway Initiative helping out with different community outreach events or assisting the development director with the planning of our various fundraisers every day at Baykeeper is always a different experience It has been great to be involved with an organization that is so active in our community Nicole Bridgewater 21 Volunteer Membership Intern Hi my name is Nicole I am from Pinson AL a small town just northeast of Birmingham I am currently attending the University of South Alabama Go Jags and will be entering my senior year this fall I am majoring in marketing with a concentration in business management Coming from Central Alabama one of the main reasons I wanted to move to Mobile was

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2015/7/10/meet-the-interns-pt-1 (2016-02-18)
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  • Be The Change You Want To See In The World — Mobile Baykeeper
    it with water jugs to make it run more efficiently My mother was not initially driven by a desire to be green but by a desire to save money and energy And let me tell you it is catching I still hear all of her advice in my head today and I share most of these things with my children as well The urban dictionary has a great name for this Accidental environmentalism I have taken the principles my mother instilled in me and have adopted additional family actions to be green My family of four two boys age 10 and almost 6 my husband and I have managed to get down to 1 1 5 bags of household trash a WEEK Yes a week Bottom line If I can find a place where it can be recycled it is not allowed in the trash It still blows me away that we have such a small amount of trash but I am quickly reminded weekly on garbage day with neighbor s trashcans overflowing of all the work that still needs to be done When we first started recycling it was not an easy task so we just collected paper I placed a paper grocery bag next to our trashcan to help everyone remember I would remove schoolwork cracker boxes and toy packages from the trashcan daily and talk to my boys about the importance of reusing something I went on the City of Mobile website and found the nearest paper recycling receptacles one at church score and would drop off a trunk full about once a month This has gotten much easier with the addition of the Mobile County Recycling Center Digging through the trash was not the highlight of my day but it has paid off big time In three months we all had the basics down and the boys started putting things in the right bins on their own This action alone cut our weekly trash in HALF Then we started recycling plastic bags plastic containers and aluminum cans In the beginning I would take the plastic grocery bags to stores that have recycling bins such as Publix and Target Remembering to place them back in the car was the hardest part My forgetfulness or lack of repetition would lead to taking large bags to the recycle bins at the grocery store and getting quite a few stares in the process Now we take all of our items to the recycle center once a week as a family and the boys help me sort items into their proper bins Since the opening of this amazing facility we have added glass steel cans and all plastics to the mix I am so proud of my husband and boys for putting up with my constant reminders to put it in the recycle bin that does not go there and take it out of the trash please We worked through the hard learning phase and recycling is now a simple daily

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2015/6/8/be-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-world (2016-02-18)
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  • Why Not Lower Alabama? The Other L.A. — Mobile Baykeeper
    here Well I subscribe to the philosophy that you can live any place but you only call one place home My home is here in Lower Alabama The running joke is I thought my southern twang started to dwindle so I hauled tail back to Dixie The truth is I left to hatch a career discover what different places offered gain perspective and explore new things I always intended to return to the Gulf Coast and what my experiences showed me was this is indeed where I want to be Fortunately timing and desire aligned and here I am at Mobile Baykeeper W hat about you ask yourself Why not Lower Alabama If you assess the pros and cons I believe the verdict falls in favor of LA After all life is about finding balance like Goldilocks and the three bears balance too hot too cold ah just right People juggle this concept everyday in marriage work relationships and life Balance for me starts in having some proximity to the water We are blessed with water in LA Bountiful sometimes torrential rains literally pour water from the sky Rest assured there are not many places that receive several inches of rain in one afternoon as often as we do and then have the sun return while you skimboard on your lawn underneath a rainbow I bet we get more rainbows than just about anywhere Here our world class network of rivers creeks deltas and bays provide a myriad of options to enjoy time out on the water Consider this is one of the only places where you can tube a blackwater creek paddle a backwater slough pull a trawl throw a cast net wet a line or pleasure cruise among so much diversity and travel so little to do it all And when nightfall approaches and distant storms fade fireflies dance about and heat lightning glows in the summer sky that is LA A major and often overlooked advantage here is that we have access to water nature and the outdoors all within a respectable distance to modern civilization again think balance Art music history global cuisine a happening social scene microbrews thank you Free the Hops and then there are some events emblematic to LA Mardi Gras Mullet Toss Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo cook offs low country boils and festivals for every food and fruit known to man the list goes on Also a must do gumbo crawls For those not aware of a gumbo crawl listen up it is simple Drive around the west and east sides of the Bay stop in at every joint serving gumbo and savor the varying flavors of the delicious concoction that only LA can house I declare New Orleans cannot offer as many different gumbo bowls to slurp down as LA Have you visited downtown Mobile lately It is chocked full of opportunities to fill your glass belly and ears and enjoy fellowship with friends and strangers alike The Saenger Theater

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2015/5/13/why-not-lower-alabama-the-other-la (2016-02-18)
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  • 2014 Year-End Summary — Mobile Baykeeper
    Horizon environmental damage litigation began and U S District Judge Carl Barbier found the responsible parties committed gross negligence in Phase I Phase II determined that BP dumped 3 19 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico reducing the maximum penalty to 13 7 billion 2015 will bring the trial phase to a close and with hope allow the true restoration to begin O il Disaster Restoration fines were allocated to excellent projects such as oyster reef restoration 100 1000 Restore Coastal Alabama projects Joe s Branch in the D Olive Bay Watershed Management Plan restoring Mon Louis Island on Fowl River and additional Watershed Management Plans Bon Secour Wolf Bay Fish River Fowl River Bayou La Batre Dog River and the lower Mobile Tensaw Delta O il and gas issues expanded for Mobile County with a pipeline through our drinking water supply proposals for major above ground storage tank farms and a petroleum train derailment in Aliceville Alabama that spilled crude into rivers within our watershed We reviewed gaps in existing regulatory practice Army Corps of Engineer processes and City Zoning and made suggestions to improve these processes to better protect the health of our families and community along the Gulf Coast W ater quality issues saw improvements with the City of Mobile instituting stronger Litter and Stormwater Ordinances We assisted the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program s effort to develop the Three Mile Creek and Fowl River Watershed Management Plans and managed 12 successful litter cleanups and Apple Snail Roundups We also submitted 20 comment letters on state and national policy that affect water quality including permit applications to ensure new or growing facilities focus on finding clean water options continued on next page A concentration on Quality of Life is always a Mobile Baykeeper focus

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2015/5/13/2014-year-end-summary-from-casi-callaway (2016-02-18)
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  • What's Right Isn't Always Polite — Mobile Baykeeper
    mood change Most people don t want to hear about the dregs of society the ones who abuse children who sexually assault someone or torture animals They especially don t want to hear that the alleged offender was a person in a position of power Knowledge is power and not only do we have to talk about social injustices even when it makes everyone in the room uncomfortable but we have to talk about action and solutions in order to make progress Sometimes we even have to change our behavior Now I assure you talking about the environment can be met with as much uneasiness or even the occasional eye roll There is stigma attached to environmentalism However to me the message is as simple and as clear as any others in the advocacy field Do no harm We all have to live on this sphere And this place this rock we live on is not able to care for itself that is our job One would think that this is the least we could do as a show of gratitude for the gifts of clean water clean air rich soil and sources of sustenance we have enjoyed for so long In my opinion environmental work is an important issue on the social justice spectrum To ignore the connection between the health of the environment and the health of the public the health of the entire human populace is a gross misuse of our intelligence as a species Did you know that 769 million people do not have access to safe drinking water More than 840 000 people die each year from preventable water related diseases due to this fact Access to safe drinking water is not just a problem in underdeveloped or developing countries It s also a first world problem that affects over nine million people each year We are very fortunate in this country to have laws protecting our drinking water supply The Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act SDWA both provide a framework for what can and cannot go into the ground and the water thereby setting a standard for what is considered safe clean water Why is this important Eventually everything on the ground ends up in a waterway which has potential to affect the ecosystem and its inhabitants or those who use water to survive Our current drinking water system here in the United States is designed to filter out many contaminants but certainly cannot keep us safe from all of them particularly when it comes to industrial practices Sometimes accidents happen Sometimes these accidents are a result of gross negligence and an unwillingness to follow environmental laws and best practices in an effort to save corporate dollars For many of us here on the Gulf Coast the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster comes to mind when reading about water quality For many in Charleston West Virginia it s the 2014 tank farm spill of a coal processing chemical onto the

    Original URL path: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-blog/2015/4/22/whats-right-isnt-always-polite (2016-02-18)
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  • "Get Involved!"... but really, Get Involved. — Mobile Baykeeper
    with Mobile Baykeeper After a while our Executive Director Casi Callaway asked if I wanted to start getting paid for the work I was already doing and I said yes in the spring of 2007 Becoming a professional environmental advocate wasn t easy I didn t have a science background instead I was a business major Starting out there was a huge learning curve to tackle but I was a quick reader a good writer and most importantly I wanted to learn My first years here were spent learning about the many different sources of pollution to water land and air and the legal protections at the local state and federal level to control or prevent pollution to our environment The simplest way to describe what I do at Mobile Baykeeper is that I read analyze write and speak about complex issues that affect the environment in Coastal Alabama In my time at Mobile Baykeeper I ve reviewed countless permits wrote thousands of pages of environmental policy documents spoke to thousands of people and gone to more public meetings than I can remember I ve also had the chance to build oyster reef conduct water testing investigate pollution problems as well as clean up litter from creeks beaches and parks Every day at Mobile Baykeeper is different but every day is an opportunity to make a difference I was a volunteer that took advantage of an opportunity to make a career in environmental advocacy There are lots of opportunities out there to get involved personally and professionally So how would I suggest people get involved in supporting our natural resources and environment Get outside and enjoy the world around you Take a walk go biking go fishing go swimming visit a park or just sit under the nearest tree Be

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