NEWS & FEATURES
Mobile Bay Magazine's 3rd Annual Watershed Awards
Meet nine stewards of coastal Alabama’s earth, guardians of the Gulf and recipients of our 2022 Watershed Awards.
Troy Ephriam wears many hats: former mayor of Prichard, businessman and harvester of water. Working with others, Ephraim and Associates Environmental Consulting LLC rolled out the barrel, lots of them. Distribution of recycled containers are part of the Rain Barrel Project, which Ephriam has taken to heart and to Prichard.
2021 PEP Environmental Stewardship Award
Ephriam & Associates Environmental is a small minority business based in Whistler, Alabama. The company primarily focuses on ecological and scientific assessments. In 2019, Ephraim partnered with the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), Greif/Soterra and Alabama Power to launch the Rain Barrel Program. This project identifies opportunities to employ low-cost, low-impact development practices at the residential scale to alleviate recurring incidents or urban flooding and provides an alternative water source to underserved communities in coastal Alabama.
Success Story - Troy Ephriam
In 2015, Troy Ephriam began environmental consulting on a part-time basis while serving as mayor of the City of Prichard. After leaving office in November of 2016, and with no job prospects at the time, he decided to make consulting a full-time business.
Troy has more than 20 years of scientific and field experience in environmental regulations, consulting and construction site management planning. But he had only toyed with the idea of running his own business.
Cultivating Mobile's Minority Business Ecosystem
Troy Ephraim knows his business, but he didn’t know business development. “I knew I had the desire to build a company,” he said, “but hadn’t had the opportunity.”
That came when he finished a four-year term as mayor of Prichard, a town north of Mobile. He took his part-time company, Ephraim and Associates Environmental Consulting LLC, full-time, and he also enrolled in the University of South Alabama’s Minority Business Accelerator, an initiative that includes the Mitchell College of Business’s Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Ephriam and Associates Environmental performs integral scientific role in the Narration of Alabama Power's Coal Ash Pond
This animated, informational feature is the culmination of a year of intensive research into the EPA’s 2015 Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule, Alabama Power’s Plan to close and cap the 597-acre Plant Barry coal ash pond - situated on the banks of the Alabama River - in place, and alternative recommendations to close the pond by transporting the ash to a lined landfill.
The mission of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is to provide the necessary tools and support community-based efforts to promote the wise stewardship of the quality and living resources of Alabama’s estuarine waters. Narration: Troy Ephriam
Growing the Gulf Coast: Rain barrels installed in Prichard homes work to save money and the environment
Ephriam and Associates partnered with Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Alabama Power, and Greif Soterra to install water saving rain barrels in low mod communities. This story was featured on WKRG's Growing the Gulf Coast segment.
City of Mobile 2021 MS4 and Storm Water Project
Ephriam and Associates partnered with the City of Mobile, Neel-Schaffer Inc., and
Hydro-Engineering to produce public education and outreach literature and a video project
coming soon. This partnership promotes environmental stewardship among citizens and the business community in the City of Mobile.