Coastal Alabama projects receive $24 million in funding

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Aerial photograph looking west along Dauphin Island, Alabama / Photo by USGS

Posted April 14, 2020

Four environmental conservation projects in coastal Alabama will benefit from grants awarded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the $24 million in grants from NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

“The funding of these projects continues reinvestment in the Alabama Gulf Coast communities that were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill nearly 10 years ago,” Ivey said. “I appreciate the work of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and our partnership with NFWF as we continue to recover and build a more resilient coast.”

The projects in Mobile and Baldwin counties include environmentally important land acquisitions, wetland protection, erosion control and shoreline habitat restoration.

The high-priority conservation projects were identified in consultation with state and federal agencies. They are designed to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

“These projects represent important continuing investments in the state of Alabama to improve coastal bay function and improve marsh habitat,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “NFWF is also pleased to provide leverage through the Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund to enhance storm protection for the Dauphin Island Causeway.”

Source: coastalnewstoday