Programs Managed by Water Quality Committee
Trap the Trash
Goal: Reduce Trash in the Dog River Watershed.
Dog River Clearwater Revival and partners are implementing the Comprehensive Trash Abatement Program for the Dog River Watershed funded through a three-hundred, twenty-eight thousand dollar ($328K) grant from EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program received in July 2019. The two year grant provides for a comprehensive assessment of trash sources, transport routes, fate and enforcement effectiveness in the Upper Dog River Watershed. The assessment information will be used to reduce trash in one stream segment and test a methodology for strategically reducing trash and litter at a watershed scale.
Measurable Outputs: 1) 50% reduction in trash in one stream segment of Upper Dog River Watershed by deployment of three large and three small trash capture devices at strategically-located stormwater outfalls; 2) Train high school students and adults in Strategic Watershed Assessment Program (SWAMP) then monitor five sites; 3) Increase the number of truck owners who use a truck bed trash can to secure litter and debris; 4) One Trash Reduction Strategy for the City of Mobile, which will provide a proposed methodology for developing sustainable trash abatement based on strategic placement and maintenance of litter containment devices coupled with improved regulation and enforcement.
Partners include the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), Mobile Baykeeper, Osprey Initiative and Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP).
Pictured: (Top) Litternator device captures trash in Bolton Branch; (Middle) locations of little containment devices within the Dog River Watershed, Feb.2020; (Video) Osprey Initiative team performs Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol (ETAP) to record specifics of trash captured which will be used to inform future decisions; (Bottom) Pie chart shows ETAP results taken from Litternator in Bolton Branch in January 2020.
Water Quality Monitoring
Goal: Develop better baseline data of existing water quality. Apply data in our ongoing efforts to combat the problem of storm water runoff.
For twenty years, DRCR has helped train and provide necessary equipment to volunteers to collect water chemistry and/or bacteriological data on a monthly basis at one or more sites within their local watershed. The data that monitors collect is publicly available on the Alabama Water Watch (AWW) website www.alabamawaterwatch.org and can be used to alert state and local agencies to water quality issues. Nearly two dozen of these unsung champions of their local waterways measure: oxygen, turbidity & bacterial levels. New volunteers are always needed.
Goals: Provide immediate relief from onslaught of urban litter, debris and trash streaming into the river.
- Sub-contract a cleanup crew to clean areas of the river that have litter build up and are not accessible to city crews or volunteers.
- Continue to sponsor and enlarge the several Dog River Zones of the Alabama Coastal Cleanup in the fall. This year’s event is September 19, 2020.
- Engage and lead the Fall Coastal Cleanup.
Dog River Watershed Management Plan
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) has facilitated watershed planning within the Mobile Bay estuary funded, in part, by BP Oil Disaster funds. The greater Dog River Watershed is among those plans and was released in 2018 following a lengthy process involving watershed working groups which were a coalition of federal, state, and local agencies; county and local governments; property owners; developers; and commercial interests. DRCR played a key role in these working groups.
- Revamp and update Dog River Watershed Awareness presentation and materials
- Present Dog River Clearwater Revival watershed presentation or set up informational booth at 4 group events a year (school/civic/community groups)
- Network with civic groups and businesses for outreach & funding opportunities
- Revamp DRCR website
- Send out annual snail mail newsletter and quarterly email blast updates with information on our events and information on the state of the watershed.
- Update social media as needed (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
- Continue to hold quarterly general member meetings with environmentally relevant speakers
- Recruit volunteers from designated neighborhoods along the river to reach out to neighbors for registration
- Update membership information
- Include member registration form and self addressed envelop in annual snail-mail newsletter
- Include membership reminders in quarterly emails