The Community Outreach Group

Outreach Group

In 1999, the Alabama Department of Transportation ("ALDOT") learned that the groundwater beneath an area near the Coliseum Boulevard in north Montgomery contained trichloroethylene ("TCE"), a chemical solvent that was used at the ALDOT Test Laboratory. The affected area, referred to as the Coliseum Boulevard Plume ("CBP"), includes parts of the Vista View, Eastern Meadows, Chisholm, and Highland Gardens. Upon the discovery of the CBP, ALDOT implemented efforts to provide timely, on-going notice to the public of the investigation and remediation of the CBP that may interest the community.

In 2002, ALDOT created a Community Outreach Group ("COG") comprised of nine citizens who either live in the area or have a business interest in the area. The COG members were selected by an independent panel of representatives from the Mayor's office, the Montgomery City Council, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The COG meets once per year depending on project activity levels. Typical topics include:

  • Site investigation activities and update reports
  • Remediation plans
  • Public Involvement
  • Community Concerns
  • Institutional Control Program
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COG members provide a link between the communities within the CBP and ALDOT. In periodic meetings with the ALDOT team responsible for investigation and remediation of the CBP, the COG members:

  • Become knowledgeable of project activities and findings
  • Assist ALDOT in keeping the community informed about the conditions and activities at the CBP site;
  • Provide input to ALDOT about the proposed plans and activities from the community's perspective; and
  • Provide input in the planning of CBP Public Meetings.

If you have questions regarding the CBP, please feel free to contact any of the COG members at the following link: COG Member Contact Information.

Anyone interested in being a candidate to fill a future vacancy on the COG may obtain a membership nomination form by contacting the CBP 24-hour information line or by obtaining the form online here. New members of the COG are selected from the nominees by an independent selection process.

For information about the COG or the CBP, you may call the 24-hour information line at 334-353-6635 or email at