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Mon Luis Island Restoration

First Quarterly Progress Report: (Jan, Feb, March 2004)
by project leader Cathy Barnette, April 21, 2021

The Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) spent the first quarter finalizing the project scope, applying for permits and generating public interest. ACF staff members wrote e-mails and letters to area residents describing our activities on Mon Luis Island. Several volunteers who received the letters want to be notified of the planting.

ACF also coordinated an Osprey Platform construction project to coincide with the Mon Luis project. Six platforms have been constructed in the Fowl River area.

ACF held a press conference before the start of the project on Dec 2, 2003, to unveil the Mon Luis Island Restoration project and to develop community support. ACR took supporters and media aboard a donated yacht to the restoration area. Visit www.alcoastalfoundation.org for planting locations.

On March 24, 2004, ACF and Barry Vittor & Associates met with NOAA representative to discuss the project status. ACF is currently researching reputable contractors to perform the site excavations. Research conducted has shown the restoration process will be difficult and all excavation will need to take place atop geo-textile mats because of the soft soils.

Required permits have been applied for through the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Although the permitting process has taken longer than expected, ACF does not anticipate any setbacks for completing the project by Aug 31, 2004.


Second Quarterly Progress Report: (April, May, June 2004)
by project leader Cathy Barnette, July 9, 2021

The ACF spent the first quarter finalizing partners, acquiring permits and project outreach. ACF has submitted its storm water management plan and received our Certification of Coastal Consistency from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). However, a change in personnel at the US Army Corps of Engineers has left us waiting for our notice to proceed. This project is required to receive this notice under the Corps Nationwide Permit 27.

The ACF has met with two reputable contractors who are capable of providing competent site excavation. As a result of more extensive surveying, we have found that the site excavation will be more difficult than initially expected. The excavation will need to take place atop geo-textile mats because of the soft soils. Also, the contractors expect the excavation to take approximately two weeks rather than the expected three days.

The breakwater feasibility study for the second phase of the project is currently being conducted by Barry A. Vittor and Associates. At this time, we expect it to be complete by the end of August 2004. Due to the permitting process and anticipated excavation time, the ACF is slightly concerned the project will not be completed by August 31, 2004. Therefore, we request a no-cost extension until December 31, 2004.

Through our community outreach and ongoing projects (Osprey Platforms and Water Quality Monitoring) in the Fowl River area, the ACF continues to recruit volunteers for the marsh planting phase of the Mon Luis Island Restoration. WKRG TV, a local CBS affiliate, has agreed to help us promote this project with an appeal for volunteers before the scheduled planting date.


Third Quarterly Progress Report: (July, Aug, Sept 2004)
by project leader Cathy Barnette, Oct 7, 2021

After considerable delays, we are pleased to report the project is finally underway. Due to personnel changes at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the majority of the delay was spent waiting for our notice to proceed. This notice, required by the Corps, was received on July 7, 2004.

Upon receipt of our notice to proceed, the Alabama Coastal Foundation finalized our agreement with the site contractor and asked them to schedule our project. The contractor scheduled this project for mid-August. Unfortunately, in mid-August, an active hurricane season had begun. We waited for the passing of Hurricanes Charley and Frances and expected work would begin in early September. Concurrent to this waiting, we requested our no-cost extension which was thankfully granted. Hurricane Ivan raged through our area on September 17, 2004, and the ACF feared significant erosion to the site. Fortunately, the site fared well.

Our contractor began site excavation on Sept 27, 2004, and we expect the site to be ready for planting in early November 2004. When the site is ready, the ACF will recruit volunteers for the marsh planting through all possible media outlets. WKRG TV, a local CBS affiliate, has asked us to promote this project with an appeal for volunteers before the scheduled planting date.

The breakwater feasibility study for the second phase of the project is currently being conducted by Barry A. Vittor and Associates. At this time, we expect it to be complete by the end of November 2004.


Fourth Quarterly Progress Report: (Oct, Nov, Dec 2004)
by project leader Cathy Barnette, Jan 27, 2021

In addition to the cause of our initial setback (heavy rains and tropical activity in the Gulf, the site had an unforeseen substrate which further delayed our activity. The site excavation was completed in mid-December and a story ran to that effect in the Mobile Register.

Currently, we are waiting for the site to stabilize to allow for the final phase planting. The site is expected to be ready for planting in early February so the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) will recruit volunteers for the marsh planting through all possible media outlets. WKRG TV, a local CBS affiliate, has asked us to promote this project with an appeal for volunteers before the scheduled planting date.

The breakwater feasibility study for the second phase of the project is currently being conducted by Barry A. Vittor and Associates. At this current time, we expect it to be complete by March 31, 2005.


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