Alabama Recovery Council

By City of Orange Beach

March 14, 2018 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA®) - On March 7, 2018, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council held a public meeting to vote on projects for inclusion in Alabama’s Draft Multiyear Implementation Plan (MIP) and Draft State Expenditure Plan (SEP).  The council selected 48 projects to receive more than $315 million for infrastructure, economic development and ecosystem restoration in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Eight projects are in Orange Beach.

Once fully developed, the draft plans will be released for a 45-day public comment period.

Click on the following link to view the meeting presentation and to learn more about the selected projects:  Draft MIP and SEP Projects.

KEY POINTS:

  • The Council intends to distribute RESTORE Act funds between Baldwin and Mobile Counties on an equitable basis for projects deemed viable. While this equity may not be realized in the First Round, it will be achieved over time as amended plans are developed.
  • Viable projects not selected for First Round funding will be eligible for reconsideration in amended plans.
  • A total of 60 projects were evaluated by ADCNR's external Program Management team lead by Volkert Engineering. No projects were deemed ineligible.
  • Seven projects were deemed Regional in nature by Council members.
  • Mobile County had a greater number of RFE projects with a total dollar amount nearly 2 times that of Baldwin County.
  • With limited funding available, a number of Mobile County projects were set aside but will be eligible for future consideration in amended plans.
  • Several other projects did not move forward for a number of reasons (i.e., eligible for other funding source( s) or other funding already received).
  • There will be an opportunity for public comment during the 45-day comment period which begins upon release of the Draft MIP and Draft SEP.
  • Project Submitter may not ultimately be the Project Implementer.

Proposed Bucket 1 Project Slate -  $186,821,125

(Bucket 1 refers to the Direct Component of the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund that was created from Clean Water Act Penalties related to the BP Oil Spill in 2010. The Direct Component includes 35% of the Trust Fund divided among the five Gulf Coast States for ecosystem restoration, economic development and tourism promotion.)

  • Aloe Bay Harbour Town (Town of Dauphin Island), Phases II & Ill - $14,346,382
  • Historic Africatown Welcome Center - $3,581,762.00 - $3,581,762
  • Redevelop City Docks (City of Bayou La Batre) - $21,028,000
  • Northwest Satsuma Water and Sewer Project - $1,760,700
  • Mobile County Blueway Trail Development - $8,000,000
  • Water Distribution System Upgrades (City of Bayou La Batre) - $5,306,000
  • Aloe Bay Harbour Town (Town of Dauphin Island), Phase I - $2,183,485
  • Baldwin County - Baldwin Beach Express 1-10 to 1-65 Extension Right of Way Acquisition - $11,338,332
  • Mount Vernon Water Treatment Plant - $1,500,000
  • Alabama State Port Authority Automotive Logistics/RO-RO Terminal - $28,767, 710
  • Ambassadors of the Environment (Gulf Shores) - $9,748,254
  • Isle Dauphine Beach and Golf Study - $375,000
  • Innovating St. Louis Street: Mobile's Technology Corridor - $5,885,500
  • Baldwin County ALDOT Capacity Improvements (includes Canal Road widening) - $56,800,000
  • Mobile Greenway Initiative - $9,700,000
  • Working Waterfront and Greenspace Restoration Project (City of Fairhope) - $6,200,000
  • Planning Grant for Amended MIP - $300,000

Total - $186,821,125

Proposed Bucket 3 Slate -  $128,537,202.30

(Bucket 3 refers to the Spill Impact Component of the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund that was created from Clean Water Act Penalties related to the BP Oil Spill in 2010. The Spill Impact Component includes 30% of the Trust Fund divided among the five Gulf Coast States, according to a formula to implement State Expenditure Plans that require approval by the Alabama Gulf Coast Restoration Council.)

Bucket 3 projects related to Orange Beach in bold amount to $19,489,770.
  • Environmental Restoration of Cotton Bayou & Terry Cove (OB) - $500,000
  • Gulf Coast Wildlife Recovery and Interpretative Center: Feasibility, Planning & Preliminary Design - $275,000
  • Gulf Coast Environment Research Station - $9,000,000
  • Characterization and Delineation of Significant Sand Resource Areas Essential for Beach Restoration, Offshore Alabama - $922,500
  • Development for a Regional Strategic Plan for the Coastal Alabama Region - $562,500
  • City of Chickasaw Sewer Rehabilitation Project - $1,250,000
  • Alabama Gulf Seafood Marketing Program - $2,852,135
  • Aloe Bay/Mississippi Sound Water Quality Enhancement Project (Town of Dauphin Island) - $11,500,000
  • Extension of Effluent Force Main from Bayou La Batre WWTF - $15,600,000
  • Collection System/Lift Station Upgrades (Bayou La Batre) - $12,805,000
  • New Stream-Gaging Station on Fish River at Co Rd 32 (Baldwin Co.) - $87,250
  • Lillian Park Beach Habitat and Shoreline Protection - $626,460
  • Perch Creek Area Sanitary Sewer Trunk Line GIPP (MAWSS) - 3,548,590
  • Expansion of the Orange Beach Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center - $183,500
  • Longevity, Stability & Water Quality Improvements, Bon Secour DMDA - $340,744
  • Replacement of Substandard Facilities at the ADEM Coastal Office & Mobile Field Office - $5,862,717.30
  • Mobile Area Storm Water Mapping & Resiliency Planning - $3,000,000
  • Three Mile Creek Watershed Restoration - $11,730,000
  • Fairhope Area Community-Based Comprehensive Land Use Plan - $650,000
  • Fort Morgan Parkway Trail Extension (ADCNR, State Parks) - $4,433,600
  • Meaher Park Improvements - $3,450,000
  • Dirt Road Paving (Sediment Reduction) Program (Mobile County) - $10,093,120
  • Alabama Point Seawall Repair - $2,488,000
  • Canal Road Improvements E. of SR161 (Orange Beach) - $1,848,270
  • Orange Beach North Sewer Force Main Upgrade - $5,195,000
  • Implementing Storm Water Management Improvements for Toulmin Springs Branch and Gum Tree Branch (City of Mobile) - $1,187,130
  • Fairhope Sewer Upgrade Phase I - $10,000,000
  • Little Lagoon Restoration Project (Gulf Shores) - $5,995,686
  • Eastern Shore Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) Prevention Plan - $1,000,000
  • One Mobile: Reconnecting People, Work and Play through Complete Streets - $1,250,000
  • Planning Grant to Amend SEP - $300,000

TOTAL - $128,537,202.30

 

PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR BUCKET 3 SLATE THAT ARE IN ORANGE BEACH:

 

Alabama Point Seawall Repair (City of Orange Beach) $2,488,000

The purpose of this project is to rebuild the existing Alabama Point Seawall with a more resilient method of construction for the tidally-influenced marine environment and to protect the recent improvements on the upland portion of the area. Implementation of this project will protect a unique and valuable public access point at Perdido Pass Seawall Park.

Canal Road Improvements East of State Road 161 (City of Orange Beach) - $1,848,270

This project will promote community resilience and economic growth by addressing the hindrance of economic development on Canal Road east of and near the SR-161 intersection in Orange Beach. Growth of businesses and the tourism industry in Orange Beach have led to increased traffic volumes, resulting in a need to enhance capacity and efficiency. This project will provide sufficient infrastructure improvements to allow the City of Orange Beach to safely address economic growth to benefit the local economy.

Environmental Restoration of Cotton Bayou & Terry Cove (City of Orange Beach) - $500,000

This project will develop an ecological understanding of the environmental and ecological health of the Cotton Bayou/Terry Cove Systems with an outcome to understand what restoration activities would enhance the overall health of the system. This planning activity will provide engineering and design and a cost estimate for proposed restoration.

Expansion of the Orange Beach Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (City of Orange Beach) - $183,500

The purpose of this project is to expand the capacity and capabilities of the current rehabilitation facility to accommodate additional types of species. These improvements will also allow an upgrade from short and intermediate rehabilitation terms to long term rehabilitation resulting in less transfers and euthanasia outcomes. Marketing and outreach elements of this proposal intend to recruit, increase program awareness, disseminate educational messaging, and improve passive prevention/mitigation efforts.

Gulf Coast Engineering Research Station (Auburn University) - $9,000,000

This project proposes the construction of the GCERS facility in Orange Beach to support fundamental and applied engineering research for coastal issues in Alabama, including water quality, restoration and protection of natural resources, and coastal emergency management. Additionally, this project includes two years' funding for operations and maintenance (O&M) of facility. This phased project will include planning, engineering & design, construction, and O&M.

Gulf Coast Wildlife Recovery and Interpretive Center: Feasibility, Planning & Preliminary Design (City of Orange Beach) - $275,000

This project proposes planning and design to expand the Gulf Coast Wildlife Recovery and Interpretive Center in Orange Beach. Once implemented, this facility would provide rehabilitation services for a variety of species as well as tourism and stewardship opportunities.

Orange Beach North Sewer Force Main Upgrade (City of Orange Beach) - $5,195,000

This project consists of the replacement of approximately 8 miles of sewer force main from a point on Highway 180 in Orange Beach to an existing lift station on County Road 12. The area benefitted by this upgrade will include areas north and east of Wolf Bay to Josephine as well as areas directly served by the force main. Implementation of this project will improve water quality in Wolf Bay by preventing failures in the existing main and decreasing the use of on-site septic systems.

PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR BUCKET 3 SLATE THAT ARE NEAR ORANGE BEACH:

 

Fort Morgan Parkway Trail Extension (ADCNR, State Parks) - $4,433,600

This project proposes to extend and ultimately complete the Fort Morgan Parkway Trail from Fort Morgan Historical Park to Gulf State Park and includes the construction of a midzone to provide parking, restroom facilities, and interpretive signage. When completed, the Fort Morgan Parkway Trail will provide approximately 30 miles of recreation trail from Fort Morgan to Orange Beach and will connect with numerous trial spurs and loops along the way.

Little Lagoon Restoration Project (City of Gulf Shores) $5,995,686

This project will restore and improve approximately 2,500 acres of habitat within Little Lagoon by creating 1,000 feet of living shorelines, improving hydrologic connectivity of the existing canal system, converting approximately 200 septic systems, restoring shellfish and marsh/seagrass, and conducting ecological research and long-term monitoring. Project objectives include improvements to water quality, increased habitat area, and increased ecological productivity. The project will have secondary beneficial impacts to the region including improved and more resilient infrastructure, and increased recreational and ecotourism opportunities.

Characterization and Delineation of Significant Sand Resource Areas Essential for Beach Restoration, Offshore Alabama (Geological Survey of Alabama) - $922,500

This project will update the Offshore Alabama Sand Information System (OASIS) platform through collaboration with interested governing and private parties; acquire data and characterization of offshore sand resource areas through the use of the OASIS update; and will disseminate work through the OASIS platform, publication(s), and presentations. Designated a regional project by the Alabama Council, results of this research effort intend to inform future restoration efforts.

NOTABLE PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR BUCKET 1 SLATE:

 

Baldwin County ALDOT Capacity Improvements (Baldwin County) - $56,800,000

The Alabama Department of Transportation, Baldwin County, and the cities of Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope, Orange Beach, and Gulf Shores are cooperatively pursuing the completion of five major infrastructure projects long-needed in the Gulf Coast Region to reduce congestion and enhance access to and between the surrounding areas. The project partners seek to leverage funding from three major sources to add additional lanes to three major state routes in five separate projects, totaling 18.31 miles of capacity improvements. (This includes the widening of Canal Road in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.)

Baldwin Beach Express 1-10 to 1-65 Extension Right of Way Acquisition (Baldwin County) - $11,340,000

This submittal seeks funding for Right of Way (ROW) property acquisition to accommodate the proposed 24.5 mile Baldwin Beach Express extension between 1-10 and 1-65. The objective is to acquire all right-of-way necessary to move to the construction phase. Regional economic recovery, tourism, industrial growth, and public safety are supported and enhanced through the completion of this project.

Ambassadors of the Environment (City of Gulf Shores) - $9,748,254

The City of Gulf Shores will construct a state­of-the-art facility, utilizing the latest green building technologies, on 11.86 acres of City­owned property located adjacent to Gulf State Park. The architecture will mimic functional natural cycles found in the many habitat types that are easily accessible in coastal Alabama. The purpose of the Gulf Shores Ambassadors of the Environment Program is to create a sustainably-designed ecotourism program where participants can learn about the ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, and resource management of the northern Gulf of Mexico in order to promote conservation and stewardship of our natural resources.