The program works to do “comprehensive watershed management plans,” Restoration Program Lead Jason Kudulis said. “These are essentially a roadmap that gives each watershed an identity and a course to move forward into the future to improve conditions.”
The No. 1 project in the Deer River watershed was a marsh complex on Mobile Bay.
According to Kudulis, there’s a large intertidal marsh and flat complex that has been impacted over time by storms and waves and is now receding.
The $16 million will be used to build an off-shore marsh that will act as an additional buffer for protection.
The program has been responsible for conserving and restoring coastal waters since 1995.