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Four waterway restoration projects in
Jefferson, Mobile and Pike counties are receiving grants as part of the Five
Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program.
The awards leverage more than $1.5 million in
partner funding and in-kind services for stream bank and coastal restoration.
"These projects are successful because they
are based on partnerships among conservation groups, businesses, schools,
landowners and many others," said Matt Bowden, Alabama Power's vice president
of Environmental Affairs. "Since joining the partnership in 2006, more than 20
projects in Alabama have restored more than 100 acres of wetlands and 6,000
feet of creek and stream bank."
In Jefferson County, the Freshwater Land Trust will
clean and restore two acres on a former industrial site along the banks of
Village Creek – removing concrete and industrial debris, restoring natural
bank vegetation and beginning the first phase of a trail connecting a
nearby residential area to an existing park. This site is a major
connector for the county's Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System.
In Jefferson County, Birmingham-Southern College will
lead bank and in-stream restoration at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve along
a 100-foot stretch to support the vermilion darter – a species of fish
found only in Turkey Creek. The project will reduce sediment to increase
the darter's habitat range and decrease population isolation. A
stream-bank access point and pavilion will also be constructed.
In Mobile County, Alma Bryant High School students will
restore 20,000 square feet of oyster reefs and expand hands-on curriculum
for aquaculture and marine biology students. The students will grow
oysters and then place them in a local oyster preserve, monitor the
success of their efforts and share information with other schools and
people in the community.
In Pike County, Troy University will spearhead the
restoration of wetland and bank habitat on 15 acres of the college campus
in Janice Hawkins Park along an unnamed tributary to Persimmon Branch.
Partners and volunteers will remove non-native plants and create wetlands
to capture and filter polluted storm water before it enters local streams.
Out-of-date storm water infrastructure will also be upgraded, and a
natural amphitheater constructed.
Alabama Power participates in the Five Star
and Urban Waters Restoration Program as part of Southern Company's partnership
with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the National Association of Counties and the Wildlife
This year, Southern Company, the regional
lead corporate sponsor of the program, is providing $202,439 to 11 projects
that, combined with project and partner matching funds and in-kind services,
will result in an impact of nearly $3.5 million.
"With the help of public, private and
corporate funders, the Five Star and Urban Waters program supports dynamic
conservation work across the country," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director
and CEO of NFWF. "These grants not only protect and restore the places that
fish and wildlife need, but also enhance natural amenities for the entire
Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based
Southern Company (NYSE:SO), provides affordable, reliable power to more than
1.4 million customers across the state. Alabama Power employee volunteers
work across the state on environmental stewardship projects designed to protect
and enhance the state's important habitats and natural beauty.
To learn more about Alabama Power's
environmental commitment, please visit www.alabamapower.com
and click on "Environment."
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