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A series of meetings on watershed management on the western shore of Mobile Bay begins Jan. 23, 2020. (Lawrence Specker | Specker |

Al - Mobile Bay: Watershed forums, Sustainability Summit ahead

Coming weeks bring opportunities for the public to weigh in on watershed management on the west side of Mobile Bay, and to attend a Sustainability Summit on economic and environmental issues in coastal Alabama.

Two programs from two separate organizations are ahead. First up, starting Jan. 23, is a series of community meetings organized by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP). The organization “is seeking input and feedback from citizens living along the Western Shore of Mobile Bay as a comprehensive plan to manage the care and use of its lands, habitats, shores, and waterways is developed. This focus area includes a complex of the three watersheds stretching along and draining into the Bay, from the industrial waterfront portions of the City of Mobile south to the Dauphin Island Causeway.

“We know Mobile Bay is a very special place to so many people,” MBNEP Director Roberta Swann said in meeting announcement. “This Plan is about ensuring the Bay continues to provide recreational, scenic, economic, environmental, and other benefits to all who care about it. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program’s mission is to ensure the wise stewardship of the quality and living resources of Alabama’s estuarine waters. The Western Shore Complex Watershed Management Plan is a key element to our mission, and community participation is vital to its development. We hope every resident who cares about Mobile Bay’s Western Shore will turn out.”

The meeting schedule:

· Thursday, Jan. 23 -- 5:30-7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2671 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile.

· Monday, Feb. 3 -- 5:30-7 p.m. at Pelican Reef, 11799 Dauphin Island Parkway, Theodore.

· Monday, Feb. 10 -- 5:30-7 p.m. at Hollinger’s Island Baptist Church, 2450 Island Road, Mobile.

There is no cost or registration process to attend. For more information, visit

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