Recent Actions
Tue, August 3, 2010
Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

Aaron Viles, a Campaign Director for the Gulf Restoration Network, spoke at Mobile Bay Sierra Club's general meeting about what his coalition organization is doing about the oil spill.

The Gulf Restoration Network is responding to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf by: independently monitoring the clean up and containment efforts, advocating for a more effective and transparent response from government and industry, and advocating for the creation of a Citizens Advisory Committee to allow the tourism, indigenous, fishing and environmental communities to watchdog the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

GRN is also engaging with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as the Obama Administration crafts a new Gulf Coast restoration plan in the next few months. Aaron hopes that where possible Secretary Mabus will bundle together existing restoration plans that were in need of funding prior to the BP disaster.
Tue, August 10, 2010
Battlehouse Hotel - Mobile

Sierra Club protestors demanded a longer drilling ban at the public meeting held by U.S. Department of the Interior at the Battlehouse Hotel in Mobile.

Presentation by Dr. George Crozier, senior marine scientist and executive director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Dr. George Crozier has been professionally involved with coastal zone issues in the northern Gulf of Mexico for over 30 years. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab continues to partner in programs involving Coastal Resource Management, Natural and Man-Made Hazard Mitigation, Environmental Science, Coastal Development, Ecotourism, Habitat Loss, Restoration, Sustainable Development, Biological Oceanography, Law and Social Sciences, through The Northern Gulf Institute, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. Dr. Crozier spoke about the environmental impact of the BP oil disaster. The sea lab, located at the mouth of Mobile Bay, is directly impacted by the dispersed oil. He spoke on monitoring the short-term and long-term effects of the dispersed oil on marine life and the coast. Dr. Crozier briefed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director, Michael Bromwich, on the enormous uncertainty of the use of dispersants and the long-term impact, at a forum held in Mobile on August 17 and covered the information he presented to Director Bromwich. (WKRG Channel 5 News was present.)
Program discussion by Bethany Kraft, Executive Director of Alabama Coastal Foundation. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, waiting for BP and the government to make things right is not an option. Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Director, Bethany Kraft, addressed the necessary commitments to help Gulf communities take control of the future with partnerships and projects that help restore our precious natural resources and our local economies. She presented a plan to help rebuild the Gulf’s natural capital by building 100 miles of oyster reefs, planting and promoting 1,000 acres of sea and marsh grasses, and laying the framework of creating a Gulf Coast with the capacity to endure and be resilient to future impacts from hurricanes, oil spills or other environmental hazards. The Oil Response Volunteer Field Observer Program was discussed with Updates and Future Volunteer Opportunities. Many shorelines are not being regularly monitored by officials, so volunteer monitoring efforts continue to serve a vital role in reporting the presence of oil and distressed wildlife in those areas that otherwise may not be monitored.

Tue, October 5, 2010
Five Rivers Delta Resource Center
Tue, September 7, 2010
Five Rivers Delta Resource Center
November 5 – 7, 2010

Alabama Sierra Club Annual Retreat

DESOTO STATE PARK - Fort Payne, Alabama

Speakers For The Event Included:

* Jim Allen - Global vs. Local Energy
* Larry Beane - Learning from Native American History
* Tammy Beane - Historic Pottery Demonstration
* Stephen Guesman - The Energy Efficient Home:
Why You Want It and How to Get It!
* Charlotte Hagood - Seeds: Past, Present and Future
* Dave Holloway - Alabama’s Diversity
* Rev. Dave - Portrayed by David Underhill

The Saturday Outings:

* Fall Color Hike in the Park - (easy) Led by W. AL Outings Leader, Dexter Duren

* Little River Canyon - (strenuous) Led by N. AL Outings Leader, Sam Denham (limited to 12)

* Waterfall Photography Tour - (easy) Led by Cahaba OutIngs Leader, Jay Hudson

* Mentone Art n’ Nature Tour - Led by Peggie Griffin, artist
Nearly 550 volunteers from Alabama and beyond donned boots and gloves and donated their time to place 16,000 bags of oyster shells along the shore – the first step to building 100 miles of oyster reef over the next three to five years in Mobile, AL.
Sat, November 20, 2010
Dog River
Mobile Bay member Dianne McGee shows off her trophy trash during a clean up on Dog River on Saturday, November 20th.

The clean up was part of an appreciation event for oil spill COAST Field Observer Volunteers and a kick-off for the 100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama project, which aims to build 100 miles of oyster reef and create or restore 1,000 acres of coastal marsh on Mobile Bay.

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Photo by David Underhill
Sat & Sun, January 23&24, 2011
Helen Wood Park