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Concerns about proposed sewer line under Fish River

Baldwin County Sewer Service would build the line to service about 100 of its customers west of Fish River that are currently serviced by Fairhope Utilities. (SOURCE: WPMI)

There are growing concerns in Baldwin County about a proposed sewer line that would run under Fish River. Mobile Baykeeper says the line would run from Ferry Road to Honey Road Extension and would create a permanently looming threat for the Marlow Community and beyond.

Ray Landefeld casts into Fish River hoping to reel a big one. An avid angler, he's not hooked on the idea of having a sewer line built around the bend from one of his favorite fishing spots.

"That's taking a big chance of polluting," said Landefeld.

"We would very much like to see it not go under the river," said Mobile Baykeeper Program Director Cade Kistler.

Environmental watchdog group Mobile Baykeeper says there are major pollution concerns with a sewer line. Last month in Michigan, nearly two million gallons of sewage spilled into Grand River due to a breach in an underground pipe.

"Definitely questions about not knowing when a problem occurs, especially in a big storm event. Fish River is extremely flashy, prone to flooding and with the kind of storms we have on the coast, it's very concerning," said Kistler.

Baldwin County Sewer Service would build the line to service about 100 of its customers west of Fish River that are currently serviced by Fairhope Utilities. Fairhope's mayor says the current arrangement was the result of a lawsuit 10 years ago and the agreement will not be renewed this summer because, if continued, would be subsidizing a private business.

"Folks can voice their comments to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. If the line goes forward, those comments will be crucial making sure that every last potential issue is concerned, and just let the utilities know that you really support not putting a line under Fish River," said Kistler.

Below is information on how to comment on the issue:

Department of the Army (DA) File number: SAM-2017-00342-SBC

Project Manager: Mr. Brad Crosson

Comments can be sent to Mr. Crosson

Mail to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mobile District, CESAM-RD-A/Crosson

P. O. Box 2288

Mobile, AL 36628-0001

Email: steven.b.crosson@usace.army.mil

All comments must be received in writing, either regular mail or email, and must reference the DA file number SAM-2017-00342-SBC. Comments on the project must be received by April 21st.

As always, feel free to email or call

Office - 251-433-4229

Email - ckistler@mobilebaykeeper.org

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