Post–BP Oil Spill Gulf Restoration Projects So Far Lack Basis in Science [Slide Show]
Few funds generated by the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been allocated as yet to return the Gulf of Mexico’s marshes and ecosystems to a healthier state, leading to “random acts of restoration”
WASHING AWAY: The Gulf of Mexico’s waves eroded the coast of Coffee Island in Portersville Bay, Ala., before The Nature Conservancy began restoring oyster reefs there.
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IN THE BAG: Some of the 23,000 bags of oysters lining the edge of a mud flat on Mobile Bay. Volunteers placed the bags—each weighing approximately 4.5 kilograms—across the mud flat at low tide to create the foundation for oyster reefs to grow, part of the 100–1000: Restore Coastal Alabama project spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, Alabama Coastal Foundation, Mobile Baykeeper and The Ocean Foundation.
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A REEF IS BORN: Bagged oysters, one of three methods being used to restore oyster reefs along the shores of Mobile Bay. In the background are oil booms placed to protect the project after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April, 2010.
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READY TO REEF: Oyster reef structure waiting to be installed by volunteers in Mobile Bay to help restore the Gulf. Part of the 100-1000 project.
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OYSTER BAGS AND BALLS: Oyster reef structures line the edge of a mud flat on Mobile Bay. Volunteers installed the structures as part of the 100-1000 project.
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BLOCKS AND BOOMS: ReefBLK installations along Coffee Island. ReefBLKs are one of three methods being used to restore oyster reefs along the shores of Mobile Bay. Seen in the background are oil booms placed to protect the project from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April, 2010.
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