Issue Report

Pollution

Montrose, Alabama, United States


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Red Gully : Mouth of Red Gully at Mobile Bay

Where Red Gully empties into Mobile Bay.
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There is a large amount of very muddy water entering the bay from red gully causing a large muddy plume in the bay. we have only seen this 2x before in the last ~decade, when there was a larger blowout at the colonnades apartments and during july during the construction of the tractor supply company.

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Have you seen this before?

Yes, earlier during the construction of the Tractor Supply Company construction project and once during a blowout of the creek at the Collonade Apt site

Have you notified any other agencies?

City of Daphne

Weather

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  • rainy
Moderate rain ongoing
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  • rainy
Heavy rain in last 12 hours

Issue History

  • 2019-08-26 - 14:05:00

    Pollution reported to Mobile Baykeeper : Mobile Baykeeper Team by Mobile Baykeeper Anonymous Citizen Website Reports.

  • 2019-08-26 - 14:26:00

    Cade Kistler accepted this issue. Awaiting investigation.

    We will be investigating this issue today.

  • 2019-08-27 - 10:37:00

    Cade Kistler is currently investigating this issue.

    We investigated this issue on 8/26. Turbidity samples showed the lowest level upstream of Johnson Rd. (13.3 NTU) and increasing at the North side (downstream) of U.S. 98 (37.2 NTU). The highest level was measured where Red Gully crosses Scenic 98 (194 NTU). Substantial visible contrast (red muddy water contrasting from clearer water) was observed where Red Gully empties into Mobile Bay. Some runoff was observed coming from construction of the Tractor Supply Company site at Johnson Rd and U.S. 98. There is also a large amount of legacy mud in the creek from previous development and potentially from a historical dirt pit that no longer exists. Residents note that even with this legacy mud in the creek they have never seen this much mud emptying from the creek prior to construction of the Tractor Supply Company site. The pattern of turbidity measurements and convincing anecdotal claims by neighbors that this is by far the most mud they have ever seen moving through the creek suggests either mud is coming from in-stream sources and increased amounts are due to increased velocities from the additional developed/hardened land in the contributing watershed or the mud came from runoff from the construction site and had already flushed downstream by the time Mobile Baykeeper staff arrived. This issue will be reported to ADEM and the City of Daphne for follow-up and we will continue monitoring before, during, and after heavy rain.

  • 2019-09-11 - 09:34:00 Cade Kistler commented

    Complaint was submitted to ADEM as #6L-005CS8R23.