USACE extends comment period on Upper Mobile Bay project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period for the Upper Mobile Bay Wetland Creation Project until February 3.

The project, known as the Upper Mobile Bay Beneficial Use Wetland Creation Site (Planning) Project, considers an area in the Bay about 1.5 to 2.5 miles south of the Causeway (Hwy 90/98) and I-10 Bayway for construction of wetlands through the beneficial use of dredged sediments.

The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) requested the comment period extension to provide for increased public and intergovernmental agency engagement. photo

“This wetland creation project is vitally important not only to the Port, but to community partners seeking environmental restoration and recreational enhancement opportunities. As such, we are committed to seeing that everyone has opportunity to become engaged,” said Judith Adams, vice president of internal and external affairs for ASPA.

The $2.5 million planning project is funded by the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf States Act (RESTORE Act)-Bucket 2.

According to ASPA, it is a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council-approved project, sponsored and directed by the Alabama Port Authority.