The Florida DEP is proposing to give ECUA's Bayou Marcus wastewater plant a new permit to discharge 10 million gallons a day into wetlands on Upper Perdido Bay.....Upper Perdido Bay is impaired for the bacteria Micrococcus and nutrients.....Some of this pollution may be coming from ECUA's wastewater plant....Perdido Bay is a very poor place to put any type of pollution because there is inadequate flushing of even well treated effluents..... International Paper has filed its application to renew its permit and to get site specific water quality limits for Perdido Bay....IP's effluent has been found to be toxic to water flea reproduction.....IP is not meeting standards in the wetlands just as its didn't meet standards in Elevenmile Creek.....Dioxins, PCBs and Furans are present in paper mill sludges.... Recently large beds of mussels have disappeared from marsh grasses in the Upper Bay.....What chemical could have caused the death of mussels? ..However, we are seeing return of some grassbeds in some sections of Perdido Bay.. Will the Florida DEP issue another permit to pollute Perdido Bay?......We will see Read the history of Friends of Perdido Bay's fight to save our bay...."Perdido Bay Blues" on Amazon.... $12.50....
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A short history of Perdido Bay

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Bacteriological Survey of Perdido watershed

Dioxin in Perdido Bay

Environmental Survey of Perdido Watershed

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Grass beds in tributary of Perdido Bay show herbicidal effects of International Papers effluent. The chlorophyll and chloroplasts have been damaged and the fronds are red. Light appears to enhance the problem as the base of the fronds are green. Click to see 2-toned grass bed plants. Click to see more red fronds.

Diagram of oyster bars in Northern Gulf of Mexico 1883. Notice oysters in Upper Perdido Bay

International Paper releases huge amounts of toxic chemicals (COD) every day. IP's average Chemical Oxygen Demand(COD) in December 2017 was 40,349 pounds per day. Click to see chart of 2017 and 2018 IP releases. Also a graph Click to see Chemical Oxygen Demand in Pounds per day from 2013 to present

Various government agencies report that there were never any grassbeds in upper Perdido Bay. This is not true. In 1990, Fish and Wildlife did a report on seagrasses in Perdido Bay from aerial photos. Click for part of report

The Florida DEP has adopted nutrient limits for Perdido Bay. They are very high - 1.27 mg/l for Total Nitrogen in the Upper Bay and Total Phosphorus of 0.102 mg/l. The limits do not match the supporting documents. WHY? Click for the Supporting document

Making soap at the papermill is a byproduct of paper making. This is why we see so much foam and scum on Perdido Bay. The fats in pine trees combine with the alkali in the cooking liquor to make soap. A certain amount of this is extracted as Tall Oil. 70 pounds of tall oil are extracted for each ton of pulp produced. Click for information on Tall Oil

A new threat to the water quality in Perdido Bay has arisen. Bayou Marcus waste water treatment plant is increasing its discharge to wetlands which drain into Perdido Bay. Studies have shown that there will be a net increase in nutrients entering Perdido Bay from this sewage. Click to read the 2018 Draft permit for Bayou Marcus

The new 2017 draft SWIM plan for Perdido Bay is out.Click for draft document

Perdido Bay makes up the border between Florida and Alabama. Perdido Bay encompasses an area of about 50 square miles with the state line running approximately down the centerline of the bay. It has an elongated shape which lies along a northeast-southwest axis. Perdido Bay is relatively shallow in the Upper part near the mouth of the Perdido River but gets deeper toward the Gulf of Mexico

The Perdido River provides most of the fresh water (>70%) for Perdido Bay. The Perdido River is a Florida outstanding water and the water quality in the upper Perdido River is considered to be very good. On a Sunday afternoon, sitting in the river on a lawn chair is refreshing. Click for visual image. The Perdido Bay watershed covers 1205 square miles which is considered large for a small bay. The Upper part of Perdido Bay and to some extent lower Perdido Bay are polluted with wastes from a paper mill, now owned by International Paper Company. See the photo pages and pollution page on the left.

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A member who passed away recently remembered how bountiful and beautiful Perdido Bay was.
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