News - Resilient Communities and Economies

Living shorelines draft report is now available

Interest in living shorelines and alternative shoreline stabilization methods continues to grow throughout the Gulf region and the nation. In June, we (the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program) were asked to participate in a NOAA-funded...

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By: Niki Pace / Published: Dec 16, 2014

You can get involved in watershed planning

Locally, a collaborative effort is underway to develop, and implement, watershed plans for all of the coastally influenced watersheds in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. The very nature of watershed planning designs a process that is open and...

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By: Christian Miller / Published: Dec 11, 2014

Volunteers grow thousands of oysters for restoration program

Volunteers in Alabama have grown 59,330 oysters since late June as part of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program. The oysters were planted on restoration sites in Mobile Bay last week, where they are filtering water and making it cleaner while...

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By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Nov 17, 2014

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

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