Erin Rooney, Jacob Blandford, Estelle Wilson, Dan Van Nostrand, and Dorothy Byron, 2020. “Alabama Swift Tract Living Shoreline: Two years of post-construction monitoring results”, Shore & Beach 88(1), 127-134. http://doi.org/10.34237/10088115
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Alabama Swift Tract Living Shoreline: Two years of post-construction monitoring results
Erin Rooney P.E., CFM (1), Jacob Blandford (2), Estelle Wilson (3),
Dan Van Nostrand (4) and Dorothy Byron (5)
1) HDR Engineering Inc. (dba HDR), 1 Galleria Blvd, Suite 1920, Metairie, LA 70001; Erin.Rooney@hdrinc.com
2) The Nature Conservancy, 118 North Royal Street, Suite 500, Mobile, AL 36602; Jacob.Blandford@tnc.org
3) ERT Inc., 7344 Zeigler Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608; Estelle.Wilson@noaa.gov
4) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 344 Zeigler Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608; Dan.Van-Nostrand@noaa.gov
5) Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528; email@example.com
Twenty-one low-crested breakwaters were constructed to function as benthic habitat and reduce shoreline erosion rates as part of Phase III of the Early Restoration Framework Agreement in accordance with the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. NOAA initiated a seven-year post-construction monitoring plan, of which two years are completed. Post-construction monitoring results so far indicate that the project is currently exceeding biological and shoreline-position performance goals. The project partially meets breakwater elevation goals, but the breakwater appears to be functioning as designed. All annual monitoring reports will be available on the NRDA Trustees’ project webpage at https://www.gulfspillrestoration. noaa.gov/project?id=12.