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Installation of a unique wave attenuation device/constructed reef on Dauphin Island

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Apr 01,  2005

What: The installation of a unique wave attenuation device/constructed reef on Dauphin Island
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2005 3:00 p.m.
Where: Saw Grass Point Marsh at Alonzo Landing ferry dock, the Island’s northeast end
Why: To minimize erosion and the loss of critical salt marsh and oyster reef habitat for 20 NOAA Trust Resources species. One of the Island’s two primary access points for commercial and recreational boats, high boat traffic and frequent, strong easterly winds have led to erosion of this environmentally sensitive saline tidal marsh. Saw Grass Point Marsh has been identified by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Marine Resources, the Town of Dauphin Island, and the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries as in need of protection.
Who: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA and the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, along with Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Coastal Restoration, Inc., Auburn University, Mobile County Commission, and the Town of Dauphin Island.

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