Late summer has brought a drought....Now International Paper's discharges are not getting sufficiently diluted.....Perdido Bay is very turbid and nasty......The dissolved oxygen early in the morning in very shallow water is very low, almost 0.......IP is also dumping heavy metals into our bay and contaminating the entire bay..... International Paper has filed its application to renew its permit....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.....Will the Florida DEP issue another permit to pollute Perdido Bay?......We will see
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Photos of algae in 1988 - too many nutrients

Pollution of Perdido Bay by the papermill

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2008 pictures of pollution

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A short history of Perdido Bay

PB 2004 Bacteria Report

PB 2005 Bacteria Report

PB 2006 Bacteria Report

PB 2007 Bacteria Report

PB 2008 Bacteria Report

PB 2009 Bacteria Report

PB 2010 Bacteria Report

PB 2011 Bacteria Report

PB 2012 Bacteria Report

PB 2013 Bacteria Report

PB 2014 Bacteria Report

Documents Page

Bacteriological Survey of Perdido watershed

Dioxin in Perdido Bay

Environmental Survey of Perdido Watershed

IP's reports sent to DEP on pipeline project

Pictures of Perdido River

Rains in the Spring of 2014 have washed duckweed, foam and organic debris on our beaches

Current picture of IP's treatment pond with lowered aeration which allows incomplete treatment of wastes.

The 2012 draft SWIM plan for Perdido Bay is out. It is full of good information about Perdido Bay. This is only a draft and has not been formally approved by the Northwest Florida Water Management Board.
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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 permit for Bayou Marcus

The 2014 Toxic Release Inventory is out. IP is still releasing dioxin into the air, most likely from its burning of wood products. IP is also taking toxic chemicals to the public landfill and releasing lead, hydrogen sulfide, and mercury compounds to the wetlands surrounding Perdido Bay.Click for link to TRI

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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