Photo courtesy of Cade Kistler, Mobile Baykeeper, Aerial Southwings
Photo courtesy of Cade Kistler, Mobile Baykeeper, Aerial Southwings

#3 Mobile River, AL

Threat: Coal ash pollution

It is time for Alabama to take action & safeguard clean water on the Mobile River.

Mobile River | Photo courtesy of Ben Raines

A haven of biodiversity, the Mobile River watershed accounts for fourteen percent of all freshwater flowing in the U.S. However, the river is threatened by a leaking coal ash pond at Alabama Power’s Plant Barry, which contains more than 21 million tons of toxic coal ash. Pollution from the coal ash pit threatens the health and well-being of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Mobile Bay, the historic African-American community of Africatown, the City of Mobile and the Port of Mobile. In order to protect clean water and public health, and save the Mobile River from catastrophic pollution, Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must require the removal and remediation of coal ash from the Plant Barry site and the banks of the Mobile River.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Sierra Club Alabama Chapter Mobile Bay Group
  • Sierra Club Beyond Coal
  • Mobile Baykeeper
  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Africatown-CHESS (Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe, Sustainable)
  • Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition
  • GASP Group