Friday, August 10, 2018

Alabama Coastal Cleanup 2018



Show your support and concern for Alabama’s waterways by participating in the 31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. You or your organization can make a difference by volunteering to clean up our cherished coastal area. The Alabama Coastal Cleanup engages local citizens to remove trash and debris and to change the behaviors that cause pollution. In a continuing effort to clean up the coast, over 90,000 volunteers have removed 800 tons of trash from Alabama’s valued coastline and waterways over the past thirty years. Join us this year as we continue to make Alabama the Beautiful! On the day of the event, come prepared with sunscreen, a hat, gloves, shoes and lots of water. It gets HOT!

Check in at the Fairhope Pier at 8:00 am.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Alabama Delta


Photo by Jessie Patterson

The Mobile–Tensaw River Delta is the largest river delta and wetland in Alabama.

It encompasses approximately 260,000 acres in a 40-by-10-mile area and is the second largest delta in the Contiguous United States. It is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in Alabama including 126 species of fish, 46 mammals, 69 reptiles, 30 amphibians and at least 300 species of bird, including more than 110 which nest in the region.

Humans inhabited the delta region at least as far back as 5,000 years ago.The last important battle of the American Civil War took place at the fortified town of Blakeley, located on the edge of the delta.
A railroad line to connect Montgomery and Mobile, now part of the CSX system, opened across the delta in 1872. In the mid-1920s, the Causeway was built across the lowest part of the delta, connecting the western and eastern shores of Mobile Bay. Later, I-65 and I-10 were constructed to span different parts of the area.

The delta was designated a National Natural Landmark in May 1974.

The Bartram Canoe Trail provides a system of waterways by which boaters may explore the delta.

Most of the delta is very shallow water. To access these areas airboats, canoes, kayaks, or other small craft are typically used.



Source: Wikipedia