Trash builds up in waterways during heavy rain

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Trash is building up in some of Mobile’s waterways as rain continues to fall Friday, March 28. It’s a problem FOX10 News tracks nearly every time it storms.

Recently, Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration said it is working to address the issue.

“It is hard to fix inherited messes overnight, but we are committed to doing all we can to address these matters in a timely and effective way,” said Stimpson’s Chief of Staff Colby Cooper.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is suing the city of Mobile citing stormwater management non-compliance. Cooper told FOX10 News, Friday March 28 the city is working on a new stormwater management plan and will present it to ADEM May 2nd in court.

A Marine contractor, Scott Cassity, says there is a lot to appreciate in Dog River.

” The amount of plants and animals and aquatic fish, it’s pretty spectacular place,” said Cassity.

But when a storm rolls through, dog river isn’t so pretty.

“After a storm like today you’ll see a huge influx of trash come out and sweep right on through this area here at Navco and continue around a couple of bends and it’s  pretty disappointing,” said Cassity.

Cassity and local environmentalist hope the issue gets resolved quickly.

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