Our goals are clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. We strive to show community members the importance of the triple bottom line - maintaining a thriving economy while protecting the health of our environment and community. A healthy environment leads to a vibrant community and dynamic, growing economy.
Mobile Baykeeper uses a three-phased approach to achieve its goals:
1) Research: We identify problems and find creative solutions. We review more than 100 permit applications annually, write comment letter on a minimum of 20 permits each year, respond to 100-150 citizen concerns annually, and maintain an extensive library of environmental issues as a community resource. 2) Collaboration: We build partnerships with diverse groups to obtain the best results. Collaboration has been at the root behind every successful campaign we have been involved with in our 20-year history. Most recently, in 2016, we successfully collaborated with businesses and industry to help pass the most protective waterfront petroleum storage tank ordinance in the nation, protecting the health of our environment, economy, and community for generations to come. 3) Education: We educate and engage our citizens to raise awareness on important issues affecting our water quality. In 2015, we developed the Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP), an education program that teaches the importance of connections within watersheds while also providing tools to monitor the health of waterways and solve pollution problems. As of October 2017, we have educated more than 2,000 students in Mobile and Baldwin Counties and have trained 76 students to become certified water quality monitors through the Alabama Water Watch program.
Mobile Baykeeper is a highly capable organization well-suited to meet its goals of clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. Founded in 1997, we have grown from a staff of one and membership of 300 to a full-time staff of eight supported by 19 board of directors and more than 4,500 members.
To continue remaining an effective organization, we recruit, train, and invest in a high performing staff and provide a proper compensation and incentive structure that enables us to retain a quality team. Additionally, our board members bring a diverse set of skills and experiences to the table and is heavily vested in the success of the organization so that we continue to advance our mission.
We also have a considerable community presence at the local, coastal, and statewide level. Through a variety of public and media outreach events, we interact with community members, businesses, and decision makers to leverage their support, build our membership, and raise awareness of the important connection between a healthy environment, economy, and community.
A healthy financial structure allows us to focus exclusively on our mission. We achieve this through a diverse source of revenue including membership donations, fundraising events, and program-focused grants. We are committed to ensuring all funding we receive is spent wisely and we are building an endowment to help us achieve long-term financial stability in our organization.
We are governed by a 19-member board of directors who closely scrutinize and evaluate our progress throughout the year. Our board is also divided into various sub-committees: Program Committee, Finance Committee, and Development/Communications Committee. These sub-committees focus on specific areas to ensure each aspect of the organization is making sufficient progress to advance our mission. Each committee is guided by specific goals and objectives to ensure progress is being made throughout the year.
We also conduct periodic surveys to our membership and various influential community members who are connected to our work in some way. Every three years, we hire an outside consultant to develop a strategic plan. This clearly divides our work into different focus areas, each with its own set of measurable objectives to achieve within a certain time frame during the year.
Founded in 1997 as West Bay Watch, Mobile Baykeeper has spent 20 years developing diverse coalitions to accomplish its goals of clean water, clean air, and healthy communities in Coastal Alabama. Diverse partnerships have been behind every successful campaign in which we have been involved throughout our history.
We partnered with commercial and recreational hunters and fishermen to defeat an on-shore and multiple offshore open loop Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposals from establishing themselves in our community and threatening our way of life on the water. We worked with Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) to influence a major development project that changed the way the state of Alabama builds roads and protected the drinking water supply for the entire state.
We worked with local business, civic, and industry leaders to help pass the most protective waterfront petroleum storage tank ordinance in the nation. Today, we continue to join forces with business and community leaders to ensure the largest environmental disaster in our nation's history, the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster, is answered with a lasting investment in the long-term health of our environment, economy, and community.