The Issue: Pollution in Urban Waterways
April showers bring May flowers––and polluted waterways. During heavy rainfalls, water purges the streets of trash and pollution built up from daily acts, pouring it into Mobile Bay's waterways. Across more than 200 rivers, bays, bayous, creeks, inlets, and sloughs, there are more than 3,000 places where pollution leaks into the estuary system. There, it becomes a danger for more than 300 species of fish, 350 species of bird, and 40 species of mammal.
The Campaign: Train Volunteers to Identify Pollution Sources
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, then Mobile Baykeeper can train 15 Baykeeper Patrol volunteers to identify sources of local pollution. One trained volunteer can monitor at least five sites to identify sources of pollution and trash and find solutions to ensure there's clean water for drinking, fishing, and swimming. With 15 trained Baykeeper Patrol volunteers, Mobile Baykeeper can monitor anywhere from 75 to 100 sites. Each additional $20 donation will fund training for an additional volunteer.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
In 1997 a small group of concerned citizens joined together to fight the construction of a chemical facility on Mobile Bay's western shore. As it researched the environmental impact of similar plants, it discovered that a sustained effort toward drawing industry into the area had resulted in pollution levels that held the second-highest presence of carcinogens in the nation. Sparked by this realization, the small group transformed into the Mobile Baykeeper, which works to balance the needs of the economy with the protection of the local environment and the health of its people.
As a solutions-based group, Mobile Baykeeper works to preserve and protect the Mobile Bay watershed, a vast network of more than 200 separate rivers, lakes, bayous, creeks, and other water-sources that cover two-thirds of Alabama. Using established environmental laws, Mobile Baykeeper works to protect citizens' health and natural resources, form coalitions, educate communities, and restore damaged coastlines. The group also trains volunteers to fix ongoing issues, such as unsafe sewage systems and storm-water-runoff problems.