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Among the primary themes of the CRC effort was the shift away from parochial recovery “wish lists” to a regional resilience perspective. Such an approach would integrate disconnected project proposals into broader regional strategies that not only guarantee individual communities their slices of the pie but also grow the regional pie larger in the process.

To do that, decision-makers will need some sort of sorting mechanism to establish criteria for choosing between competing proposals. The infrastructure subcommittee of the CRC’s Healthy Economy committee took on that task by inviting coastal Alabama organizations — government and non-government — to fill out sample project templates that explained how their proposals related to key criteria explored by committees and subcommittees during the 90-day CRC process

Although the submittals are not official applications for funding, they help define regional resilience criteria and refine a structure for making fair choices according to that criteria. The exercise is sure to help future policy-makers shape a project evaluation methodology when the time comes for allocating resources.

Here is the complete list, organized by submitting organization:

Alabama Gulf Coast Regional Sewer Board
Improve Bay water quality and sanitation resilience by building regional wastewater system (Download)

Alabama State Port Authority
Enhance Port competitiveness & reduce area truck traffic by completing multiple projects of Master Strategic Plan (Download)

Baldwin County Commission
Baldwin Beach Express: Construct four lane limited access toll connector from I-10 to 1-65 (Download)
Fund a Baldwin Beach Trust for long term ongoing & tropical event beach erosion restoration (Download)
Diversify Gulf Coast tourism base by building Gulf State Park Convention Center (Download)

Baldwin County Trailblazers
Expand Eastern Shore Bike & Hike Trail (Download)

Baldwin Economic Development Alliance
Assist Baldwin economic development & industry recruitment by website enhancement (Download)
Create a certified 3,000 acre mega-site designation to diversify Baldwin’s economy (Download)

Baldwin EMC
Increase Baldwin electrical grid resiliency through multiple projects (Download)

City of Mobile
Complete GIS Mapping of City of Mobile Drainage Systems (Download)
Restore lost wetland habitat due to sedimentation of Dog River and tributaries (Download)
Construct new Police Headquarters (Download)
Construct a Mobile Regional Recycling Center (Download)
Construct new Public Works facility (Download)
Dredge lakes of Langan Park to restore recreational use & wildlife habitat (Download)
Multiple projects to reduce rain event flooding, stream sediment loading, repair of major transit & evacuation routes:

Reduce sediment loading to Three Mile Creek by improving Carlisle Area Drainage (Download)
Repair City of Mobile bridges and culverts (Download)
Repair & upgrade Florida St Drainage (Download)
Reduce rain event flooding by improving Little Stickney Drainage (Download)
Repair-Maintenance of Montlimar Creek Bolton’s Branch Eslava Creek (Download)
Repair-Maintenance of Three Mile Creek to reduce rain effect flooding (Download)
Reconstruct of Ann St. (Springhill to Kentucky) (Download)
Reconstruct Baltimore St. (Download)
Reconstruct Broad St. – US 90 to Water St. (Download)
Reconstruct Dauphin St. (Fulton-Broad) (Download)
Reconstruct of Old Shell Rd. (Download)
Reconstruct & Repair 21 Fire Stations (Download)
Reconstruct US 90 (Government St.) (Download)
Reconstruct US 98 (Springhill Ave.) I-65 to Broad St. (Download)
Southern Watershed Drainage Improvements (Download)
Reduce Dog River sediment load by improving Spring Creek Drainage (Download)

Daphne Utilities
Eliminate pollution sources & enhance Blakely River, Mobile Bay, D”Olive Creek water quality (Download)

Dog River Clearwater Revival
Prevent litter from entering Dog River Creek with Bandalong Litter Trap (Download)
Promote habitat revitalization and nature based tourism via a Dog River Scenic Blueway (Download)

Fairhope Airport Authority
Improve Callahan Airport & construct aeronautical vocational training facility (Download)

Fairhope Industrial Development Board
Acquire land and develop a technology/industrial park (Download)

Foley Utilities Board
Increase pumping capacity of Foley Water Plant (Download)
Rehabilitate sewer system to minimize storm water run offs and sanitary sewer overflows (Download)
Promote Foley Beach Express economic development by 6 mile extension of natural gas pipeline (Download)
Construct new electrical substation to facilitate development of Foley Industrial Park (Download)
Expand water and sewer service along Foley Beach Express to facilitate economic growth (Download)

Geological Survey of Alabama, Groundwater Department
Perform hydrogeologic analysis & develop regional aquifer protection strategies (Download)

Bethany Lohr, PhD
Create one stop center for assessment & referral of stress related disorders (Download)

Mobile Area Water and Sewer Service
Improve Dog River water quality through revolving fund to provide sewer service to residences now on septic tanks (Download)
Protect Mobile area water supply reservoir from acts of terrorism or transportation mishaps (Download)
Provide alternate emergency water supply to single existing source of Big Creek Lake (Download)
Construct Big Creek wetlands for removal of sediment & pollutants from watershed tributaries (Download)
Construct emergency water backup supply to Spanish Fort (Download)

Mobile Airport Authority
Improve rail infrastructure to Brookley Aeroplex to advance economic performance & job growth (Download)
MAA Brookley rail improvements, supplemental information (Download)

Mobile Airport Authority and regional partners
Increase airport competitiveness by building intermodal parking & transportation hub (Download)
MAA Intermodal Hub, supplemental information (Download)
Create incentive fund to recruit and retain low fare air service to Mobile Regional Airport (Download)
MAA air service incentive fund, supplemental information (Download)

Mobile County Emergency Management
Facilitate disaster response by construction of facility adequate to co-locate multi-agency response teams (Download)
Construct nine public shelters throughout Mobile County rated Category 5 hurricane (Download)

Mobile County Public Works
Replace unincorporated Mobile County weight restricted bridges (Download)
Improve south Mobile County Evacuation Route to Mobile Regional Airport (Download)
Increase south Mobile county evacuation capacity with collateral improved Public School Access (Download)
Acquire additional park & recreational space including waterfront & ecologically sensitive areas (Download)
Provide wastewater treatment facilities for unincorporated Mobile County (Download)
Reconfigure Mobile County microwave system to increase communicationsresilience & continuity (Download)
Upgrade Mobile County radio system to be mandated FCC P25 compliant (Download)
Construct retaining wall to protect Mobile Metro Jail from Cat 3 storm surge (Download)

Mobile County Soil and Water Conservation District
Increase funding for beach and marshland vegetation restoration program by MCPSS students (Download)

Prodisee Pantry of Spanish Fort
Construct cold food storage & distribution facility for economic and disaster relief (Download)
Prodisee Pantry site plan, supplemental information (Download)

South Alabama Regional Planning Commission
Expand existing small business revolving loan fund to provide disaster relief emergency cash flow (Download)

Town of Loxley
Eliminate storm water flooding of critical evacuation corridor at I-10 & Hwy 59 interchange (Download)
Construct CR 31 connector to SH 59 to increase evacuation capacity & economic development (Download)
Improve & increase load capacity of Loxley Truck Trail 17 (Download)
Increase sewer system capacity to eliminate storm water run offs and sanitary sewer overflows (Download)

U.S Geological Survey
Create a hurricane storm surge network to document characteristics of tropical storm events (Download)
Assess regional groundwater aquifer saltwater intrusion & maximum sustainable withdrawal rates (Download)
Test and monitor Coastal Alabama aquifers (Download)

  • Headline

    A once-in-a generation opportunity is upon us. A transformational moment in Alabama history.

    That’s how Gov. Bob Riley described hopes for the Coastal Recovery Commission (CRC) of Alabama, created by his executive order on September 27, 2010.

    The CRC’s mission: To shape, in the wake of BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill, “a roadmap to resilience” for South Alabama.

    “We must do everything we can to restore what’s been lost because of this disaster,” said Gov. Riley. “But we should also use this moment to strengthen the resilience of our state and coastal communities. The commission will recommend ways that improve our ability to respond to future challenges and examine strategies that will mean far less suffering the next time a catastrophe threatens us.”

    The CRC’s work is funded entirely with BP money already contributed to the state. No tax dollars will be used. What’s more, Gov. Riley took pains to insulate the Commission as much as possible from politics as usual. Since he leaves office in January, he’s acutely aware that the recommendations of the Commission will be in another governor’s hands. So he’s reached out to the political camps of both men vying to replace him, inviting them to appoint their own representatives to the Commission to participate in shaping a report that should inspire the new governor no matter who wins in the November elections.

    What’s more, Gov. Riley is asking local elected officials to give the Commission a little room to work. “We’ll bring politicians in,” said the governor. “But this will be a citizen-led – not a politician-led – effort. If we do that, I promise you it will be successful.”

    The CRC is made up of citizen leaders with broad ranges of experience in civic life in Alabama’s coastal region. It’s headed by Mobile Press-Register publisher Ricky Mathews, who brings to this effort the experience of a similar commission in the post-Hurricane Katrina environment of coastal Mississippi. For a complete list of CRC members, go here.

    “What we learned after Katrina on the Mississippi Coast,” said Mathews, “is that a crisis of even enormous proportions provides opportunities to re-imagine a whole region.

    “If we do our work on this commission right,” Mathews said, “we can position South Alabama for not only bouncing back more effectively from future catastrophes like oil spills and hurricanes but also for providing greater security and more opportunity for all of our citizens, even when there are no emergencies. That’s the essence of resiliency.”

    Forging consensus on what the oil spill’s impacts were and how to make the coast safer for citizens and visitors and more secure for long-term investment is tough enough. Implementing the Commission’s recommendations next year and in the years after will be harder – if the Commission is not able to begin building coalitions of support during this process. “If we’re to make the most of this opportunity,” said Mathews, “we have to begin thinking bigger and broader than we ever have.

    “Oil spills and hurricanes don’t just threaten isolated spots on a map,” said Mathews. “Their effects reverberate through an entire state, through a region even. So our chances for coping with future threats depend upon us building a regional vision, an awareness of how we’re connected with one another and how we can work with one another to do more than any of us as individual citizens or individual communities ever imagined.”

    This is a project on a fast track. At some point – no one knows exactly when – there is the potential for billions of dollars to flow to the coastal states from BP and from other energy-related sources. To assure that Alabama is positioned to make the most of this potential investment, “we need a plan,” said Gov. Riley. And it has to come quickly.

    So the Commission is committed to delivering its report by Dec. 15, initially as a downloadable pdf from this website. Printed books will be available soon thereafter.

    The Commission is organizing its work under three broad topics, each connected with the other and each representing a key component of regional adaptability and sustainability:

    A Healthy Environment
    A Healthy Society
    A Healthy Economy

    Commission members are assigned to each of the topics and will break the broader categories into sub-committees as they see fit. We’ll report on the activities of those committees and sub-committees on this website regularly.

    This is a very public process. Participation of regional experts, elected and appointed officials from all the towns and counties affected by the oil spill, regional business folks, and residents will have plenty of opportunities to review CRC work in progress and contribute their ideas and comments. They’ll be able to do that in person at community meetings, by mail or phone, and online via this website.

    Here’s how to make the best use of this site:

    If you want to know who’s on the Commission and who’s staffing it, click on the WHO tab in the toolbar above.

    If you want to understand the CRC’s mission, get answers to frequently asked questions, and see background data committees are gathering, click on the WHAT & WHY tab.

    If you want to know the schedule of public events and locations for meetings, click on the WHEN & WHERE tab.

    If you want to contact us directly, you’ll find information under CONTACT US, and at the bottom of each news post in the column to the left, is space for comments and questions.

    If you want to read or see what others are saying about the CRC effort, we’ll post links and documens under IN THE NEWS.

    This is going to move fast. So keep in touch. We need your participation.

    To see how the CRC based its work on the experiences of those most affected by the oil spill, click this video below:
    Click this video to watch our mid-course update:
    Click this video to explore the CRC's goals and principles:

    September 2018
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