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Alabama Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration and Monitoring Program (Implementation)

Implementing Organization

Alabama State


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Funding Organization

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 2: Comprehensive Plan


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Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

Project Description

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will complete a submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) restoration program in Perdido Bay, upper Mobile Bay, and lower Mobile/Tensaw River Delta; and an SAV comprehensive mapping and monitoring program for coastal Alabama. These programs will speed the recovery of areas that have known losses of SAV beds, either by prop scarring or natural disasters, and provide ADCNR with vital SAV status and trends data, allowing further investigation to the factors that influence historic SAV loss as well as observed fluctuations in SAV coverage. Additionally, mapping will provide critical SAV extent and species composition data for resource managers and regulatory agencies, better informing regulatory decisions, future restoration efforts and the need for additional long-term SAV monitoring, protection and restoration. The ADCNR will execute a subrecipient agreement with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to complete all tasks as outlined in the project description.


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