Monday, October 12, 2015

No Kayaking Necessary

One does not need to kayak to see the extent if Mobile's storm water trash pollution problem. This photo shows the trashy Industrial Canal in the Threemile Creek Watershed.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Bayou La Trash Pollution

I was not going to post any more on Mobile area waterway trash pollution but my paddle today in Bayou La Batre warrants another post.

These are all photos from today's paddle which coincided with an organized event called "Paddle Bayou La Batre" that attracted about 90 paddlers.

Much of the Bayou La Batre shoreline is real trashy, especially along the first mile of the waterway. So I paddled up to the Alabama Marine Resources Enforcement boat which was occupied by two officers. "What's up with all the trash along the shoreline? Why isn't Alabama Marine Resources Enforcement doing something about the pollution?" I asked.

One of the officers replies to the effect, "We deal with the Saltwater Marine environment and this waterway (Bayou La Batre) is under the jurisdiction of the City of Bayou La Batre." 

The pollution of the Gulf of Mexico from the Bayou La Batre trash is not their problem huh? Excuses are like butts. Alabama has some big ass butt excuses when it comes to dealing with waterway pollution.

I tried again and asked, "But isn't Bayou La Batre a STATE waterway and so shouldn't Alabama Marine Resources Enforcement care about the pollution of a STATE waterway?" No reply.

If the City of Bayou La Batre is polluting a STATE waterway that connects directly to the Gulf of Mexico then the Alabama Marine Resources Enforcement division should be crawling all over the ass of City of Bayou La Batre officials and inspecting boatyards and shrimp boat docks for sources of trash. Same with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

I've filed complaints with ADEM for years about Bayou La Batre trash pollution and this is what the waterway looks like today. Obviously, after the apathetic responses by Alabama Marine Resource Enforcement today to the very visible trash pollution problem along Bayou La Batre, it is obvious the City of Bayou La Batre, the County of Mobile, Environmental Enforcement Agencies, the State of Alabama and the Federal Government do not care what is floating in Alabama public waterways. That is the UGLY truth.

I am willing to bet that not a single one of the 90 paddlers in today's organized Paddle Bayou La Batre event will ever file a complaint with ADEM about the trash pollution in Bayou La Batre that they paddled right next to.

Could the apathy about the Bayou La Batre pollution be due to foreigners taking over the community? Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian foreigners now make up a third of the Bayou La Batre population according to the 2000 census. I wonder how many foreigners are sucking on the financial nipple of the American Government. I wonder how many are here illegally not paying taxes. 

An influx of residents who pay no taxes can burden a community to the point of collapse. Maybe that might explain why the City of Bayou La Batre is so broke it can't afford to provide basic services. A bankrupt City explains why the Bayou La Batre Public Boat Ramp park is littered with excessive amounts of trash while the garbage can overflows.

Just who is responsible for dealing with the pollution of Bayou La Batre? Someone needs to go to jail for neglecting very visible pollution.

Trashy Bayou La Batre Boat Ramp Area.

Trashy Gulf of Mexico Shoreline. I put the lighters found along 100 yards of beach together.

Trashy Bayou La Batre shoreline.

About 90 paddlers attending the Paddle Bayou La Batre event.

Paddlers in the background oblivious to the density of trash pollution along Bayou La Trash.

Some of the shoreline trash is very visible.

Where might a white boot come from? Fishing or shrimping boat worker? Yeah, much of the trash along Bayou La Batre is directly related to the boats and industries along the polluted waterway.

Kayakers passing by a trashy shoreline.

Alabama Marine Resources Enforcement says the Trash pollution is not their problem.

Kind of hard to not see the trash pollution along Bayou La Batre.

A lot of the trash floating in Bayou La Batre is hazardous to the environment.

While shoreline trash is visible, much of it floats in the water hidden behind shoreline weeds.

This is the inset view from the previous photo showing what lurks behind the shoreline grass.

Poor bird suffering from fishing line trash.

This is normal for Bayou La Trash.

But trashy shorelines are not normal to wildlife.

Bayou La Petroleum Pollution

Since 2009, I paddled Bayou La Batre 20 times. 90 percent of those paddles petroleum sheens were encountered. If Alabama Environmental Enforcement and the Media do not see that there is a problem with that percentage, they are blind. Speaking of Blind...

So I paddled up to a Alabama Marine Resources Enforcement boat today in Bayou La Batre which was occupied by two officers. "Hey, there is a petroleum sheen over there," I tell the officers pointing to the location.

One of the officers replies to the effect, "Yeah, the Coast Guard won't do anything unless there is at least 50 gallons of diesel spilled." 

This lame excuse comes from a Alabama Marine Enforcement officer who did not even bother to investigate my complaint. How does he know where the petroleum sheen is coming from or how much was spilled if he did not investigate the source? Pathetic!

This is so typical of my frustration with reporting visible pollution. Not only is paddling in rainbow colored water undesirable, the fumes of petroleum can be overwhelmingly nauseating. And no one gives a damn about the pollution in Alabama Environmental Enforcement. That is the Ugly truth.

I am willing to bet that not a single one of the 90 paddlers in today's organized Paddle Bayou La Batre even noticed the petroleum pollution because they were all paddling on the other side of the Bayou mesmerized by the big shrimp boats. 

Like usual even though enforcement people don't care, I took time to investigate the source of the petroleum pollution because based on previous experience, sometimes there can be major diesel leak involved. Today's petroleum pollution was coming from a new sunken boat in a berthing area off Bayou La Batre.

Two guys walked up to the shoreline next to the petroleum leaching boat as I was photo documenting the petroleum pollution (rainbow sheen) coming from the boat. They proceeded to tell me conflicting stories. "Oh, the diesel came from a spilled fuel can," one guy says. Really? And it is still flowing freely from the boat?

He proceeds to say that a gang of thieves stole the boat, took thousands of dollars worth of gear off the boat, towed it to the berthing area, and sunk it. He said the owner had a clean up crew come out to empty the fuel tanks so the sunken boat shouldn't be leaking any petroleum. 

Sorry, the petroleum sheen filled the big boat berthing area and continued on out into Bayou La Batre. No one had bothered to put out a petroleum boom to try to contain the leaking petroleum from going out into Bayou La Batre.

And there the sunken boat rests leaking petroleum into Bayou La Batre night and day. BP got their ass fined big time for polluting the environment. When boats in Bayou La Batre pollute the environment with Petroleum, that is considered normal? Ignoring petroleum pollution in public State waterways is criminal.

Robert Bentley, the Governor of Alabama thinks it is more important to use BP Restoration Funds to build a state resort on the beaches of Gulf Shores rather than to clean up its polluted State waterways. That is so sad.

I reported the petroleum spill to the officers on this boat.

The petroleum spill goes unnoticed to most of the paddlers.

I talked to the guys (circled) about the petroleum coming from this sunken boat.

When water is this color it also presents an inhalation hazard. Nausating to breathe in the fumes.

The petroleum pollution went well out into Bayou La Batre.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Three Mile Creek

Instead of Mobile's precious waterways being tourist destinations they are litter chutes for the Mobile Alabama community. For some idiotic reason environmental enforcement authorities allow the Mobile community to send their litter out to Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Maple Street Canal

These photos were taken Aug 28, 2015. This is the trashy condition of Maple Street Canal in Mobile Alabama after filing complaints about the storm water trash in this quarter mile long waterway in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Complaints went to the City and State and media and legislators and all the Environmental Enforcement agencies. Obviously no one gives a damn what is floating in Mobile waterways, even after YEARS of complaints. Got cancer yet?