The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program will receive a federal grant of approximately $344,000.
“Having a healthy Mobile Bay is vital to the environmental and economic health of America,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Productive fisheries are the foundation of many coastal communities and they need to be protected, and the National Estuary Program is a place-based program that is helping to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance.”
The sixth-largest in the nation, Mobile Bay’s watershed covers approximately 65% of the state of Alabama and stretches into Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee.
“The National Estuary Program is very important to the ecosystem and economy in coastal Alabama,” said U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne. “I applaud the EPA for their continued support of this program that allows local leaders to execute important conservation projects on Mobile Bay. Through this important partnership, we can continue to ensure Mobile Bay is vibrant and healthy.”
Established in 1987, the EPA’s National Estuary Program is designed to conserve and improve working waterfronts and preserve fishing communities. The NEP employs a watershed approach, extensive public participation, and collaborative problem-solving and science-based approaches to address watershed challenges. The Mobile Bay NEP was established in 1995.
“The Mobile Bay Watershed is critical to strengthening our state’s economy and protecting our natural resources,” said Roberta Swann, Director of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. “These EPA funds will help continue the good work of the citizens of Alabama to preserve their watershed, the aquatic life that depends on clean water, and the many jobs that depend on a healthy Mobile Bay.”