Bayou La Batre, Ala. (WKRG) — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and others will be in Bayou La Batre Friday to break ground on a new project designed to help protect the coast. The project includes 40 acres of wetlands.
More than a mile of breakwaters, two jetties, and acres of coastal marsh will be part of a landmark project to protect and restore Bayou La Batre’s coastal habitats. The project will involve constructing nearly 40 acres of diverse coastal habitats on the southernmost tip of Bayou La Batre’s Lightning Point.
“This project is the result of a tremendous partnership between a range of people who care deeply about the Bayou,” said Roger Mangham, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Alabama. “We are honored to work with our friends to help protect and restore one of Alabama’s most iconic places.”
The Lightning Point Restoration Project is a joint effort of the City of Bayou La Batre, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Mobile County, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Moffat & Nichol, and The Nature Conservancy. The multifaceted project includes many components to help restore the local community’s shoreline and coastal habitats that have been battered by multiple historic hurricanes and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Because of this, the Lightning Point Ground Breaking has been selected as an officially sanctioned Alabama Bicentennial Celebration event.– News Release from the Nature Conservancy.
The event starts at 10:00 am at the Bayou La Batre City Docks with groundbreaking likely around 11:30 Friday morning.