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ARRA - Department of Commerce Grants

Acquisition and Development of a Habitat Material Staging Area in Alabama Marine Resources

Total Grant Request: $7,061,965
ARRA Program: NOAA Habitat Conservation (11.463)
Status of Grant: Denied (6/29/09)
Project Summary/Goals:
The goals of this project are to develop and administer programs to (1) acquire properties adjacent to existing State properties in Baldwin County, AL and (2) renovate said properties through competitive contracts for use as a staging site for habitat materials. Renovation activities are to include the dredging of an existing barge basin, stabilization of the existing shoreline, construction of a loading dock, and security fencing.

Marine Resources Habitat Material Staging Grant Narrative
July 2009 Marine Resources Habitat Material Staging Grant Report (Final)

Marine Debris Removal and Habitat Enhancement in Coastal Alabama and Adjacent Waters

Total Grant Request: $7,902,034
ARRA Program: NOAA Habitat Conservation (11.463)
Status of Grant: Denied (6/29/09)
Project Summary/Goals:
The project will consist of programs to (1) remove marine debris, (2) create inshore and offshore submerged marine habitat, (3) evaluate existing natural and artificial habitat sites, and (4) enhance those sites as needed. Previously conducted surveys, as well as planned surveys, will be used to identify and remove marine debris that has accumulated from recent storm and other natural events. Side-scan sonar will be used to identify debris locations. Attempts will be made to locate and remove accumulations of derelict fishing gears that have evaded previous removal efforts. Emphasis will be placed on the utilization of Alabama commercial fishermen who have an extensive and vested knowledge of the area.

Marine Resources Habitat-Debris Removal Grant Narrative
July 2009 Marine Resources Habitat-Debris Removal Grant Report (Final)

Hydrological Restoration, Invasive Species Control and Reforestation of State-Owned Lands in Coastal Alabama

Total Grant Request: $9,959,820
ARRA Program: NOAA Habitat Conservation (11.463)
Status of Grant: Denied (6/30/09)
Project Summary/Goals:
This project intends to restore ~68,000 acres of ecosystem hydrology and integrity at fifteen coastal locations through the repair of man-made hydrological impairments, removal of invasive species, removal of hazardous fuel and restoration of ecological processes through prescribed fire, and replanting of native vegetation in storm impacted and converted areas.

July 2009 State Lands Hydrological Grant Report (Final)

Coffee Island Restoration Project

Total Grant Request: $5,001,545
ARRA Program: NOAA Habitat Conservation (11.463)
Status of Grant: Denied (7/16/09)
Project Summary/Goals:
This project intends to restore ~32 acres of salt marsh. This will be accomplished through the dredging and placement of sandy sediments between existing shoreline scarp and breakwater, installation of approximately 6,700’ of permeable segmented breakwater for shoreline protection, and planting of marsh vegetation. There will be a one-year post-construction monitoring component to this project.

July 2009 State Lands Coffee Island Grant Report (Final)

Removal of Abandoned Structures and Derelict Vessels from the Alabama Coastal Area

Total Grant Request: $650,000
ARRA Program: NOAA Habitat Conservation (11.463)
Status of Grant: Denied (7/16/09)
Project Summary/Goals:
The objective of this project is to remove up to 50,000 tons of marine debris from state waters in the coastal area. Abandoned vessels, pilings and debris will be removed by boats and/or barges. Any suitable materials removed that could be used for reef materials will be considered. The project will be monitored by the State Lands, Marine Resources and Marine Police vessels.

July 2009 State Lands Derelict Vessels Grant Report (Final)

Alabama Marine Debris Removal, Recycling and Hurricane Debris Removal Programs

Total Grant Request: $4,032,133
ARRA Program: NOAA Habitat Conservation (11.463)
Status of Grant: Denied (6/30/09)
Project Summary/Goals:
This project consists of four independent projects. The Competitive Marine Debris Removal Programs and the Competitive Recycling Programs are a designed to initiate marine debris removal programs and recycling opportunities at public access sites, respectively, within the boundaries of local county and local municipal governments. The Community Marine Debris Removal Volunteer Programs proposes to expand established volunteer programs to meet the education needs of the public by emphasizing the recovery of sensitive coastal habitats through an experiential process. The Hurricane Debris Removal Project is designed to remove hurricane generated debris, namely log-jams, from the Perdido River, and other impacted streams or rivers as feasible.

July 2009 State Lands Marine Debris Removal Grant Report (Final)


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