MAY 22, 2020

Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Final Report Virtual Meeting

The Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment (ABIRA) Final Report is now available on the ABIRA website and can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

https://gom.usgs.gov/DauphinIsland/Reports.aspx

This project is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the State of Alabama funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF-GEBF) to investigate viable, sustainable restoration options that protect and restore the natural resources of Dauphin Island, Alabama. The study is focused on restoration options that protect and restore habitat and living coastal and marine resources, as well as protect the coastal resources of the Mississippi Sound/Mobile Bay and the southern portion of Mobile County including the expansive Heron Bay wetlands.

 

Two reports have been prepared as part of this effort — an Interim Report and a Final Report. A public meeting was held in December 2017 to present the results of the interim report.

The Final Report includes the methodology applied, data collected and analyzed, models applied and their results, detailed description of all alternatives evaluated, and the impact and benefit of each alternative towards preserving and enhancing the ecological functions and values of the island and the associated estuarine resources the island helps to maintain. The results of this study will provide decision-makers with information on the benefits and tradeoffs for different restoration alternatives, including the long-term restoration and protection of the habitats and resources affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday June 9th at 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held online due to COVID-19 travel and meeting restrictions. Information for the meeting will be posted at the website link provided above.

For more information on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration in Coastal Alabama please visit https://www.alabamacoastalrestoration.org/

 
Alabama DNR