Watch a Video
Hear from volunteers at our Pelican Point volunteer event.
All In A Day's Work
Check out this timelapse video of reef-building in action!
Another volunteer event is planned on Saturday, May 4 to finish up the reef project, using an additional 3,600 blocks. To volunteer for that event, contact Jeff DeQuattro at email@example.com.
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead
Just a few weeks shy of the 3-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a volunteer event on the shores of Mobile Bay showed that the people of the Gulf of Mexico remain committed to a healthy, resilient and economically productive coast.
On a sunny spring day, 586 volunteers came together at Pelican Point, Alabama, to build a 224-foot living shoreline. Among the volunteers were 177 airmen and women from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, who traveled by bus to the event.
Working side-by-side, volunteers moved nearly 9,756 “oyster castles” – interlocking concrete blocks – to form the foundation of four reefs. With each block weighing 35 pounds, the volunteers handled 341,460 pounds of reef material – that’s more than 170 tons!
Sore muscles aside, the volunteers were happy, wet and exhausted. Watch a time-lapse video of our progress!
The reefs will ultimately protect 329 feet of natural shoreline, helping to minimize erosion, protect coastal dunes and enhance natural habitat for fish, birds and other marine life. This project is part of the 100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama initiative, a partnership effort among the Conservancy, Alabama Coastal Foundation, Mobile Baykeeper and The Ocean Foundation.
To date, the Conservancy and the 100-1000 project have constructed more than 2 miles of reefs in Alabama, a critical step to restoring and protecting vital ecological and economic resources for the state and the Gulf of Mexico.
Thank you to everyone who dedicated their time to helping restore the natural resiliency of coastal Alabama and the greater Gulf of Mexico. With your help and continued support, the Gulf of Mexico a more helping us give back to nature.
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April 24, 2013