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20201202T1330 20201202T1430 America/Chicago Coalitions for Undertaking a Comprehensive Watershed Restoration and Improving Environmental Management Panel (LIVE EVENT)

In 2012, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program partnered with State agencies, the cities of Daphne and Spanish Fort, Baldwin County, and other partners and to initiate implementation of the D'Olive Watershed Management Plan (WMP). The first project, installation of a step pool conveyance to restore a deeply incised tributary to Joe's Branch, won a Gulf Guardian Award for Partnerships. With significant funding secured in late 2013 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, supplemented with further NFWF funding in 2015, the MBNEP and partners sustained a coalition for restoring stormwater degraded streams across the three constituent watersheds, D'Olive Creek, Tiawasee Creek, and Joe's Branch, with the following objectives:

Reduce upstream sediment inputs into the Lake Forest Lake/D'Olive Creek/ Tiawasee Creek systems,Reduce sediment loads carried into D'Olive Bay and the Mobile Bay estuary to protect downstream submerged aquatic vegetation fishery nursery areas,Remediate past effects of sediment loading, including the restoration of Lake Forest Lake, andMitigate future impacts of development in the Watershed, where feasible.

Panelists will discuss the value of:

Coalition building across geopolitical boundaries in sustaining a multi-year restoration effort, which evolved over timeLeveraging capacities to across coalition members to work with private property owners and provide project management for a city with limited capacity,Partners in leveraging resources to achieve de-listing of impaired stream segments,Changing regulations as a catalyst for restoration and environmental management, andLandscape-scale restoration and the importance of a plan.

Virtual 2020 Bays and Bayous Symposium melissa.schneider@usm.edu

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration logoMobile Bay National Estuary Program logoMississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium logoThe University of Southern Mississippi  logoDauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation logoAlabama State Port Authority logoMississippi Commercial Fisheries United logoGulf of Mexico Alliance logoHydro, LLC logoGeosyntec  logoNorthern Gulf Institute logoGoodwyn Mills & Cawood, Inc. logoNeel-Schaffer, inc. logoHeadwaters LLC logoStantec Consulting Services Inc. logoDog River Clearwater Revival logoEnvironmental Science Associates (ESA) logoThompson Engineering logo

In 2012, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program partnered with State agencies, the cities of Daphne and Spanish Fort, Baldwin County, and other partners and to initiate implementation of the D'Olive Watershed Management Plan (WMP). The first project, installation of a step pool conveyance to restore a deeply incised tributary to Joe's Branch, won a Gulf Guardian Award for Partnerships. With significant funding secured in late 2013 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, supplemented with further NFWF funding in 2015, the MBNEP and partners sustained a coalition for restoring stormwater degraded streams across the three constituent watersheds, D'Olive Creek, Tiawasee Creek, and Joe's Branch, with the following objectives:

  • Reduce upstream sediment inputs into the Lake Forest Lake/D'Olive Creek/ Tiawasee Creek systems,
  • Reduce sediment loads carried into D'Olive Bay and the Mobile Bay estuary to protect downstream submerged aquatic vegetation fishery nursery areas,
  • Remediate past effects of sediment loading, including the restoration of Lake Forest Lake, and
  • Mitigate future impacts of development in the Watershed, where feasible.

Panelists will discuss the value of:

  • Coalition building across geopolitical boundaries in sustaining a multi-year restoration effort, which evolved over time
  • Leveraging capacities to across coalition members to work with private property owners and provide project management for a city with limited capacity,
  • Partners in leveraging resources to achieve de-listing of impaired stream segments,
  • Changing regulations as a catalyst for restoration and environmental management, and
  • Landscape-scale restoration and the importance of a plan.

This WMP-driven restoration program resulted in the restoration of 11,833 linear feet of degraded streams, enhancement of 92 acres of floodplain and wetlands, annual load reductions of 5,272 tons of sediment delivered downstream, and the April 2020 de-listing of Joe's Branch from the State's 303(d) list of impaired waters.





In 2012, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program partnered with State agencies, the cities of Daphne and Spanish Fort, Baldwin County, and other partners and to initiate implementation of the D'Olive Watershed Management Plan (WMP). The first project, installation of a step pool conveyance to restore a deeply incised tributary to Joe's Branch, won a Gulf Guardian Award for Partnerships. With significant funding secured in late 2013 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, supplemented with further NFWF funding in 2015, the MBNEP and partners sustained a coalition for restoring stormwater degraded streams across the three constituent watersheds, D'Olive Creek, Tiawasee Creek, and Joe's Branch, with the following objectives:

  • Reduce upstream sediment inputs into the Lake Forest Lake/D'Olive Creek/ Tiawasee Creek systems,
  • Reduce sediment loads carried into D'Olive Bay and the Mobile Bay estuary to protect downstream submerged aquatic vegetation fishery nursery areas,
  • Remediate past effects of sediment loading, including the restoration of Lake Forest Lake, and
  • Mitigate future impacts of development in the Watershed, where feasible.

Panelists will discuss the value of:

  • Coalition building across geopolitical boundaries in sustaining a multi-year restoration effort, which evolved over time
  • Leveraging capacities to across coalition members to work with private property owners and provide project management for a city with limited capacity,
  • Partners in leveraging resources to achieve de-listing of impaired stream segments,
  • Changing regulations as a catalyst for restoration and environmental management, and
  • Landscape-scale restoration and the importance of a plan.

This WMP-driven restoration program resulted in the restoration of 11,833 linear feet of degraded streams, enhancement of 92 acres of floodplain and wetlands, annual load reductions of 5,272 tons of sediment delivered downstream, and the April 2020 de-listing of Joe's Branch from the State's 303(d) list of impaired waters.

City of Daphne
City of Spanish Fort
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Mott MacDonald
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Ms. Roberta Swann
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
Volkert, Inc.
sigma Estimates A/S
Mrs. JoAnn Moody
Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Discovery Hall Programs
 Christian Miller
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
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Morgen AyersFantastic!!
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Nicole LoveThank you.
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Dr. BENEDICT POSADASWhat are the restoration priorities in the next five years? Are all the coastal Al cities on board these efforts?
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Dr. Melissa PartykaFor those that represent the cities, other than aesthetic improvements to your regions and improvements to the functioning of your systems, have you noticed any financial benefit to your efforts? How can we encourage other cities/city planners to engage in similar partnerships?
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Jason KudulisGreat panel. Ready to get the next project started!
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Ms. Kelly GuilbeauHas the new partnership between the two cities led to other collaborative efforts, even outside of land and water management needs?
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Ms. Kelly GuilbeauHow was the general public engaged in this process? Were there general education efforts in addition to landowner outreach?
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Ms. Debi FosterHats off to the entire NEP team!
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Ms. Debi FosterSo proud of Daphne. Wish Mobile would.
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Dr. Jessica Lunt I checked out and back in and it's working
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Tara Moore Skelton It just sometimes needs a reset!
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Tara Moore SkeltonPlease put questions for the speakers in the chat and I will get them to Roberta.
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Ms. Debi Foster Will do. Want to tell you all what a good job you've done pulling this conference together. What an undertaking!!!
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