Alabama Releases Second Restoration Plan

A boardwalk meandering through Alabama wetlands.

The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group has approved its second Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 1,218 pg) to address natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan and appendices are listed below. This restoration plan focuses on restoration alternatives that will:

  • Restore and benefit wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats, including some on federally managed lands.
  • Improve water quality by reducing non-point source pollution to increase the overall health and productivity of these ecosystems.
  • Restore sea turtles, marine mammals, birds, and oysters.
  • Play a significant role in the collection and/or analysis of data that would improve our ability to conduct future restoration.

The plan aims to partially compensate the public for injuries to natural resources and resource services in the Alabama Restoration Area and is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan. The total estimated cost for the 22 selected restoration alternatives is approximately $35 million. This includes funds from our monitoring and adaptive management allocation to address uncertainties with existing data in order to inform and enhance future restoration.

We began this restoration planning effort in December 2016 by requesting project ideas from the public. We considered these ideas when identifying and screening project proposals to include in the draft restoration plan and environmental assessment. The draft plan and environmental assessment was released for public review and comment and we held a public meeting in Spanish Fort in April 2018. The comment period closed on May 7. The final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment reflects revisions to the draft plan resulting from public comments and continuing Trustee project development.

Alabama Restoration Plan II Documents

Final Restoration Plan II - Full Document PDF, 1,218 pg
Final Restoration Plan II - Volume I Only PDF, 526 pg
Final Restoration Plan II - Volume II, Appendices Only PDF, 692 pg
Appendix A: Public Comments Received on the Draft RP II/EA PDF, 20 pg
Appendix B: Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plans PDF, 172 pg
Appendix C: Master Database PDF, 370 pg
Appendix D: Restoration Type Screening Criteria PDF, 20 pg
Appendix E: Consultation Correspondence PDF, 20 pg
Appendix F: Federal Trustee Consistency Determinations PDF, 40 pg
Appendix G: Conservation Practices List PDF, 6 pg
Appendix H: Environmental Evaluation Site-Specific Form PDF, 8 pg
Appendix I: Conservation Practice Network Effects Diagram PDF, 8 pg
Appendix J: Finding of No Significant Impact PDF, 26 pg
Federal Register Notice PDF, September 18, 2018 PDF, 3 pg
Federal Register Notice, September 18, 2018 Webpage