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Alabama Swift Tract Living Shoreline

Implementing Organization

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$5,000,080

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Wetlands/Marshes/Estuaries

Project Description

This project employs living shoreline techniques that utilize breakwater material to stabilize shorelines along an area in the eastern portion of Bon Secour Bay, Alabama. As the lead implementing Trustee, NOAA led the construction of 1.7 miles of breakwaters to dampen wave energy and reduce shoreline erosion while also providing habitat and increasing benthic secondary productivity. The project is adjacent to the 615 acre Swift Tract parcel, which is part of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). Over time, the breakwaters are expected to develop into reefs that support benthic secondary productivity, including, but not limited to, bivalve mollusks, annelid worms, shrimp, and crabs.

Contact

Stephen Heverly
(301) 427-8626
stephen.heverly@noaa.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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