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Lightning Point Acquisition and Restoration Project - Phase II  

Implementing Organization

The Nature Conservancy

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$16,578,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Funding Program

NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF)

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Wetlands/Marshes/Estuaries

Project Description

This project is the construction phase of a GEBF-funded engineering and design project to construct approximately 28 acres of coastal marsh and 1.5 miles of breakwaters at the mouth of the Bayou La Batre River. Restoration activities will also help protect the newly acquired 127 acres of coastal habitat in the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust program and City of Bayou La Batre. Over time, the breakwaters are expected to develop into reefs that provide habitat for fish and shellfish. Consisting of more than 2 miles of nearly contiguous undeveloped waterfront, the project area provides a critical interface between land and water. These conservation lands are comprised of coastal marshes, upland buffers, and intertidal habitats that serve as nursery habitat for coastal finfish and shellfish. The area is also home to many threatened and endangered species, including the West Indian manatee and Gulf sturgeon.

Contact

Judy Haner
2514331150
jhaner@tnc.org
Project Website
Project Partners

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Mobile County, City of Bayou La Batre, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Affiliated Institutions

None

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