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Southwestern Coffee Island Habitat Restoration Project—Phase I (E&D)

Implementing Organization

State of Alabama; US Department of the Interior


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

This project will support planning activities related to the restoration and creation of tidal wetlands and other colonial nesting bird breeding and foraging habitat along the southwest shoreline of Coffee Island, located in Mississippi Sound in Mobile County, Alabama. Phase 1 will fund two tasks: 1) a synthesis of colonial wading bird and shorebird nesting data in coastal Alabama, and 2) Engineering & Design (E&D) and permitting for restoration of habitat on Coffee Island. The synthesis of nesting data will be conducted to determine existing nesting habitat types and acreages in coastal Alabama, including the location of past restoration projects that may benefit birds injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This nesting data synthesis may include blue herons, tri-colored herons, white ibis, cattle egrets, black skimmers, and American oystercatchers. Additional analysis will be conducted (pending data availability) to determine the number and types of birds using the identified habitats. The E&D work for Coffee Island restoration will include field studies, biological assessments, data synthesis, modeling, sediment source investigations, the development of drawings and construction plans, the preparation of construction cost estimates, and the acquisition of required permits.


Kate Healy
(251) 517-8010
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