|I had to endure a light 20 minute sprinkle on this humid morning.|
|No sunrise this morning but later in the morning the sun tried to come out.|
|There are still herons hatching in the rookery.|
|This is an older juvenile blue heron with a funny looking hair-do.|
|There were plenty of large spiders hanging out in the web.|
|A crab waves its claw in surrender to the human garbage.|
|Speaking of garbage, today's trip was to see if anyone has removed any of the garbage along the City of Mobile property in Maple Street Canal. No change.|
Garbage is not only floating on the water, it is also littering adjacent properties, densely! Since this is the public's garbage, the public needs to be taxed so the City can afford to send a crew out to clean up the public solid waste because this waterway is not an approved landfill.
The EPA, ADEM, the County of Mobile and the City of Mobile can play their little word games all they want. "Piles of litter aren't illegal dumps." Okay, if you say so. "I can't get my 42 foot yacht up One Mile Creek therefore it isn't a navigable waterway therefore I am not responsible for maintaining it." Okay, if you say so. "Floatables are not part of our NPDES permit." Okay, if you say so. "We can't respond to complaints if not provided with a physical address." Okay, if you say so. Look at photo 8 again. If this isn't pollution, what is? There are consequences to all actions including not keeping area waterways free of garbage. That is why there are Environmental Lawyers.
This garbage, some of which has been documented to be hazardous to the environment is a little over One mile from Mobile Government Plaza. That should be embarrassing to the City Council, especially William Carroll because this garbage rots in his district. Most progressive cities use their water resources to attract tourists, not make the tourists run in the other direction. Mobile does not have that many waterways in the downtown district to maintain.
|Several City of Mobile garbage containers can be found on the shorelines or in the waterways.|
|Mobile Baykeeper just had a big Apple Snail Killing party three weeks ago. In this photo you can see 8 egg clusters in this one small area, so, despite the killing party, the snails are as plentiful as ever.|
|Amidst all the trash, vegetation along the creeks continues to bloom. These were just some of the flowers seen in bloom today.|