Water Quality

Programs Managed by Water Quality Committee

Trap the Trash
Program target goals: Provide immediate relief from onslaught on urban litter, debris and trash streaming into the watershed.

  • Source and research preventive storm runoff technologies that reduce and eliminate debris from entering waterways
  • Develop plans for and secure purchase and installation of other, likely smaller, litter containment devices for Bolton Branch and Moore Creek. These two waterways will cut off the remaining entryway of the majority of trash coming into the river from east and west of I-65.
  • Provide long term solutions by promoting Best Management Practices, increasing litter awareness and engaging public.
Water Quality Monitoring
Program target goal: Develop better baseline data of existing water quality. Apply data in our ongoing efforts to combat the problem of storm water runoff.

  • Choose 9-12 sites to measure: oxygen, turbidity & bacterial levels
  • Purchase necessary equipment
  • Recruit and arrange training of volunteers to test these sites

Publicize water quality testing data taken by our volunteers

  • 2017 welcomes a series of articles spotlighting volunteer water quality monitors in Mobile and Baldwin counties. These unsung champions of their local waterways 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. Story one, focuses on Eric Holladay, an Alabama Water Watch basic water chemistry monitor since 2011.
Shoreline Cleanup

Program target 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 had years of 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 17, 2016.
  • Engage and lead the Fall Coastal Cleanup
  • Coordinate Wheels Outta Water/ target sector removal
  • Fund and organize private Contract Cleanup Crews to pick up trash from swaths of trashy spots on the river.
Dog River Watershed Management Plan

Project Description: 

  • In recent years, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) has facilitated efforts to address problems in watersheds within the Mobile Bay estuary.
  • This involved establishing 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.
  • These entities worked together to complete comprehensive watershed management plans (WMPs).
  • The greater Dog River Watershed is the fourth watershed within the Mobile Bay system to be evaluated in the past five years.
  • Preparation of this WMP was made possible by collaborative funding provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through the MBNEP.  
  • Read more about the plan, it’s goal and possible solutions to the problems facing the Dog River Watershed.                            
Learn more about what we do.
Eric Holladay testing water chemistry