New zoning category may help cities plan waterfront development

Though it is easy to view land use as a simple application of residential, commercial and industrial uses, there are many instances where a fresh regulatory approach is needed to accommodate a sudden market change or trend. In the 1990s, the sudden...

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By: Stephen Deal / Published: Nov 11, 2014

Another sea-turtle nesting season wraps up in Alabama

Each year from May through October, Alabama’s 47 miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches play host to nesting and hatching sea turtles. While most of the visitors are loggerheads, occasionally a Kemp’s Ridley or a green sea turtle will also choose to nest...

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By: Chandra Wright / Published: Oct 23, 2014

Workshop explains compromised, healthy wetlands

Charlene LeBleu outlines specific engineering and building options in low impact development.

City planners, engineers and other professionals gathered at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Ala., on Oct. 17, to hear speakers from Auburn University discuss the impacts poorly planned development can have on water quality,...

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By: Tara Skelton / Published: Oct 23, 2014

Sharing oil-spill science with our coastal audiences

I’ve been with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant for almost three months now — wow, how time flies! In my new position, I am one of four Oil Spill Science Research Specialists that are positioned around the Gulf of Mexico to share oil spill science with...

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By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Oct 17, 2014

Specialists to serve as sources of oil spill science in Gulf

Chris Hale, left, Monica Wilson, Steve Sempier, Larissa Graham and Emily Maung-Douglass make up the oil spill science outreach team. The four Sea Grant college programs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) are collaborating on an effort to share post-Deepwater Horizon oil spill research findings. GoMRI is a 10- year, $500-million program that...

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By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Oct 10, 2014