ASBPA awards 2022 Best Restored Shorelines Awards

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) has announced the 2022 Best Restored Shores Awards highlighting natural infrastructure projects addressing coastal storm hazards.

ASBPA will introduce each of the four recipients over the next few days, beginning with the Lightning Point Shoreline Restoration Project in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

Once the heart of Alabama’s seafood and fishing industry, Lightning Point, located at the confluence of Bayou La Batre and the Mississippi Strait, has been battered by storms, the BP oil spill and the impacts of oil spill response efforts resulting in rapid shoreline erosion compromising wetland habitats and local ecosystems.

The Nature Conservancy has worked with Moffatt & Nichol to revitalize this locally significant riparian area by restoring and protecting riparian habitats that support coastal ecosystems and recreational opportunities, and improving safe community boating access. , fishing and tourism.

Implemented with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, other partners included the City of Bayou La Batre, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Mobile County, and the Mobile District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The project combines segmented breakwaters, the beneficial reuse of dredged material and the recreation of tidal streams, as well as wetland and coastal habitats that benefit species of concern, such as pygmy terns and turtles. diamond.

The restoration site has survived numerous tropical storms and the project features have provided an important buffer zone for the community of Bayou La Batre. The use of local construction companies has left a legacy of expanded capacity and skills for implementing resilience measures across the region.

The Best Restored Shores awards program, now in its fourth year, was created to recognize and encourage more effective coastal risk management that restores natural infrastructure to combat increasing erosion, flooding and related associated risks. increased storm severity and/or sea level rise.

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