Enhancing Opportunities for Beneficial Use of Dredge Sediments
State of Alabama
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 2: Comprehensive Plan
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will complete planning, design, engineering, and feasibility assessments for three project areas where future placement of dredge sediments would achieve habitat restoration. Planning efforts will focus on three areas: Denton Reef, Grand Bay/Mississippi Sound, and Lower Perdido Bay/Perdido Pass. The Denton Reef Restoration project would consist of Phase I planning, engineering, design, and permitting necessary for using available dredge sediments to restore the 75-acre Denton Reef in Mobile Bay. The Grand Bay/Mississippi Sound Back Barrier Island Restoration Project Feasibility Study would investigate the use of dredge sediments to restore/recreate several interior headland islands that have experienced significant erosion. The Lower Perdido Bay/Perdido Pass Hydrological Modeling and Sediment Study would collect data to model the hydrology and sediment dynamics in Lower Perdido Bay near the Perdido Pass Navigation Project. These planning activities lay the groundwork for significant restoration activities in coastal Alabama. Once this planning phase is completed, the State would have a full understanding of the feasibility of conducting restoration projects in these areas, complete with restoration metrics (e.g., marsh acres to be restored, cubic yards of sediment to be used beneficially, etc.).