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HB236: Proposed Legislation
For Shoreline Compensation from Channel Dredging

March 16, 2016

 

Alabama State House Representative David Sessions introduced a bill into the State Legislature which would direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deposit material dredged from coastal inlets in Alabama to be placed on nearby shorelines, as a means to compensate those areas for erosion caused by the dredging.

 

State Representatives David Sessions, J.W. Williams, and Margie Wilcox of Mobile County and Steve McMillan of Baldwin County have co-sponsored the bill.  We are so very grateful for their efforts.

 

Since November 2015, members of the Task Force and others have been working with Rep. Sessions and State Senator Bill Hightower on promoting this proposal.

 

HB 236 requires that beach quality sands dredged from navigation channels crossing Alabama's coastal inlets be deposited on adjacent beaches to prevent erosion.  This bill, if enacted into law, would require the Corps of Engineers and the Alabama State Port Authority to place all beach quality sands dredged from the Mobile Harbor Outer Bar Channel at a location to better nourish Dauphin Island's eroding Gulf shoreline.

Those of you who took the time to write letters, and there were many of you who did so, helped influence the introduction of HB 236 into the State Legislature. 

 

While this is an important first step, ultimate passage of the bill into law is not a foregone conclusion.  It will almost certainly be openly opposed by the Alabama State Port Authority which will also lobby individual members of the Legislature to vote against HB 236 should it make it to the floor for a vote.  The Port Authority played a major role in killing a similar bill last year.

 

Please show your support for the bill by signing this online petition:

http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/support-house-bill-236

 

The bill can be viewed and/or downloaded from this link:

HB236

 

The status of the bill can be viewed here:

http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/SESSBillResult.ASPX?BILL=HB236&WIN_TYPE=BillResult

 

Public Hearing

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

3:00 pm

Alabama State House

11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130

 

Please attend if you can!

 

Please send emails of support!

If you cannot attend the hearing, or even if you do attend, we strongly encourage all Dauphin Island property owners - and anyone who loves the island and wants to see efforts made to help prevent it from washing away! - to write letters or send emails in support of HB236 to these persons on the committee for the proposed bill:

 

Committee Member  

Role  

District  

Party  

Email

Mark Tuggle

Chair

Coosa County, District 81

R

tughd81@gmail.com

Chris Pringle

Vice-Chair

Mobile County, District 101

R

chrispringle@southerntimberlands.com

Barbara Boyd

Ranking Minority Member

Calhoun County, District 32

D

barbara.boyd@alhouse.gov

Harry Shiver

Member

Baldwin and Monroe Counties, District 64

R

harryshiver@aol.com

 

We cannot stress enough the importance of having as many people as possible becoming involved in the fight to have HB 236 passed into law. Each victory will ultimate contribute to winning the war to reverse Dauphin Island's significant erosion problem.

 

 

 

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