Restoration projects announced for Gulf coast

By: AP
By: AP

MOBILE, Ala. -- Environmental groups have announced a habitat-restoration plan for Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound that would establish 100 miles of oyster reefs and 1,000 acres of marsh wetlands and grass beds over the next five years.

The plan was rolled out Tuesday at Five Rivers Delta Research Center by representatives of Mobile Baykeeper, the Alabama Coastal Foundation, The Ocean Foundation and the Alabama chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

A fact sheet for the project says 85 percent of the world's oyster reefs have been lost, including 90 percent in Alabama.

The first phase is set to begin in October with the enhancement of a small project at Helen Wood Park north of Dog River.

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