Southwestern Coffee Island Habitat Restoration Project—Phase I (E&D)
State of Alabama; US Department of the Interior
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
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.
For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and the status of projects, see https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/