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Pollution

Lillian, Alabama, United States


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Perdido Bay : Perdido Bay

Brown stuff floating all over Perdido Bay and foam usually the foam is early in the morning
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We had an algae bloom due to a natural swamp wash in which the top sediment is lifted off the top of a swamp and pushed into the bay three weeks ago. i am afraid somebody dumped fecal matter in large volume into the bay after this happened at some point and used the wash as a cover. i don't think the bildges of the boats could have contributed that much fecal matter nor the tourism. in fact the only place i think could have done this much is marcus bayou. my next door neighbor has lived on the bay 40 years and has never seen it this bad. it smells like somebody took a crap on your front doorstep. the water isn't safe to swim in and if its flushed this weekend it might not be safe for orange beach because the volume of this spill is massive its nautically 5-10 miles in length. i surf weekly, jetski weekly, fish weekly, we live 60 feet from the water 1/2 mile north of the lillian bridge and my wife is an environmental chemical engineer and the water isn't right. to make matters worse most people think there was a natural sample taken a week or so ago which came back clean "seems clay based" so people might think its safe to swim right now. this is the kind of stuff that happens in socal after a rain style event. perdido bay is really dangerous right now.

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Have you seen this before?

Yes I have seen fecally contaimonated water having seen Katrina firsthand, lived on the bay 5 years, grew up along daphne and used to swim a good bit at Mayday pier, and have been in the water my entire life. Have surfed Socal so know about bad water quality.

Have you notified any other agencies?

I did notify the ADEM and hopefully they will have something. Somebody should be persecuted for this litterally. Orange beach works for the fisheris and this is severely affecting fish #'s as minnows are abundant but you can't live in this..

Weather

Current Weather What's this?
  • sunny
Today was a standard late spring day and we are a little short on rain. Slightly overcast but mostly sunny.
Weather in previous 24 hours What's this?
The weather has been the same roughly the last two weeks.

Issue History

  • 2020-06-01 - 18:22:00

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

  • 2020-06-04 - 09:25:00

    Meredith Diskin has marked this issue as resolved.

    Hi, thank you for your concern. We are currently issuing a special warning for parts of Perdido Bay due to the presence of a lyngbya algal bloom. We do not recommend swimming if you are seeing the bloom in your water. The algae itself can cause skin irritation and potentially stomach illness. The bloom can also cause increased levels of fecal indicator bacteria such as E. coli and Enterococcus. If you would like to know more about algal blooms you can visit https://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/algalblooms. At this time we have no evidence there has been a sewage spill or other release of human fecal matter but we continue to monitor the issue. If you would like to stay up to date on our sampling results you can subscribe to our Swim Guide alerts here: https://mobilebaykeeper.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/mobile-baykeeper-subscribed-e-mail-list. If you have any questions please email Cade Kistler (ckistler@mobilebaykeeper.org) or Meredith Diskin (mdiskin@mobilebaykeeper.org). Thank you very much for reaching out to us.