2017 Photos of nuisance foam and scum in Perdido Bay
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International Paper's effects on our beaches in 2017
To start 2017, we again see foam, scum and deposits on our beaches from International Papers discharges. There is very little life in the bay. The wetland has done little to help environmental problems on Perdido Bay. IP makes soap from sodium hydroxide used in pulping and fatty acids from pine trees which causes the foam. Instead of decreasing production to help the bay, IP has increased cardboard production.

Heavy rains have washed scum onto our beaches. January 3, 2017

More scum. January 3, 2017

The scum gives the water a sheen. January 5, 2017

Seagrasses in Heron Bayou are green again, not red. Jan 15. 2017

Foam in black needle rush. Feb 22, 2017

Foam March 5, 2017

Foam on March 8 after explosion

Billowy foam. March 14

Foam in blocks with green algae growing on blocks. March 19

Foam among blocks. April 1, 2017

More foam among rocks. April 1, 2017

Foam on April 24. Foam has not been as bad since IP started back up

Some foam. May 1. Water is dirtier but foam is not as bad

Massive amounts of sediments coming from IP site on 6/21/17

11 mile with massive levels of sediment from IP mill on 6/23/17

Foam 6-17-17

Foam July 13. Because of rain effluent is diluted

July 14, 2017

July 15, 2017

July 16

July 22, 2017 We see foam nearly every day

July 23, 2017

Scum in water on Aug 11, 2017

August 19, 2017

Lots of scum 8-23-2017

August 26, 2017

September 16, 2017

September 18, 2017

September 21, 2017

Nov. 16, 2017

Line of foam - Nov. 21

Big blobs of foam Dec. 13

Big pile of brown foam Dec. 21

Masses of foam Dec. 21, 2017

From afar Perdido Bay can be beautiful