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Project #3002
Habitat Restoration in the
Saw Grass Point Salt Marsh
Quarterly Reports

First Quarterly Progress Report (Phase I): (Jan, Feb, March 2004)
by project leader LaDon Swann, March 26, 2021

Phase One of the project has been completed. The four derelict vessels have been removed from the Saw Grass Point Salt Marsh. The Town of Dauphin Island provided a $20,000 match by removing and disposing of the derelict vessels.

Certification from the Alabama Dept of Environmental Management has been received for Phase Two of the habitat restoration project. We met twice with Artificial Reefs, Inc. and breakwaters are being designed. We anticipate that we will install breakwater beginning in July 2004.


Before - Derelict vessels at Saw Grass Point Salt Marsh.


After - Saw Grass Point Salt Marsh after vessels were removed.


Second Quarterly Progress Report (Phase II): (April, May, June 2004)
by project leader LaDon Swann, June 28, 2021

Dr. Richard Wallace with Auburn University poses with the Permeable Wave Attenuations Devices (PWAD) that a barge will transport to Alonzo Landing Salt Marsh in September 2004. The 190 PWADs will be placed on the bottom of the marsh to create critical habitat and stabilize effects of boat wash and erosion. Each PWAD measures 4.5 feet tall, has an 8 foot base and weighs approximately one ton.
  • Held meeting about Phase Two of the project with representatives from Artificial Reefs Inc, the Town of Dauphin Island and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Finalized plans for deploying 190 Permeable Wave Attenuations Devices (PWAD, see photo above) and decided that September 2004 would be the best month for deployment.
  • Received quote for $25,000 for 190 PWADs for processing. Artificial Reefs Inc is willing to provide $53,540 in match for the project.
  • Project director is currently seeking a barge company to transport the PWADs from Pensacola, Florida, to Dauphin Island, Alabama. The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium will provide the funds to cover the cost for transportation.
  • A locale Eagle Scout candidate is developing his proposal to be submitted to the locale Boy Scout Council. If approved, the Eagle Scout candidate will coordinate the marsh planting phase of the project once the PWADs are installed.

Third Quarterly Progress Report: (July, Aug, Sept 2004)
by project leader LaDon Swann, Oct 13, 2021

  • The site where we have our ongoing restoration project was very fortunate during Hurricane Ivan. Many other areas on Dauphin Island were not as fortunate. We lost over 50 homes and there are twice that many that will likely be condemned.
  • The contractor who is constructing the Wave Attenuation Devices (WADs) received considerable damage, but should be back up in business shortly.
  • ExxonMobil has agreed to use their operating funds to pay for the transportation and placement of the WADs when construction is completed.
  • We have purchased 1,200 Spartina plants (cord grass) to be planted after the WADs are installed by locale Cub Scouts.
  • The sign to be placed at the site after the project is complete has also been ordered.

Fourth Quarterly Progress Report: (Oct, Nov, Dec 2004)
by project leader LaDon Swann, Feb 14, 2021

  • Restoration Inc. is nearing completion of the Wave Attenuation Devices (WADs) construction phase and we anticipate their deployment at the end of February 2005.
  • ExxonMobil will transport the WADs from Pensacola to Dauphin Island.
  • Spartina (cord grass) plantings will be coordinated by a local Eagle Scout candidate in early March.
  • An sign with educational information and sponsor recognition will be place on shore after the WADs have been deployed and the cord grass has been planted.

Fifth Quarterly Progress Report: (Jan, Feb, March 2005)
by project leader LaDon Swann, April 12, 2021

  1. A total of 182 WADs were installed along the eastern edge of the Saw Grass Point Salt Marsh at Alonzo Landing
  2. ExxonMobil reniged on transporting the WADs. The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) paid $18,000 to hire a private firm to transport the WADs.
  3. Spartina (cord grass) plantings will be coordinated by a local Eagle Scout candidate in early May 2005.
  4. A sign with educational information and sponsor recognition will be placed on shore after the WADs have been deployed and the cord grass has been planted June.


Restoration Inc. installed the Wave Attenuation Devices April 5-9, 2005.


A total of 182 WADs were installed along the eastern edge of the Saw
Grass Point Salt Marsh at Alonzo Landing.


Completed installation - all photos by LaDon Swann

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