HB236: Proposed Legislation
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
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
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
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:
The bill can be viewed
and/or downloaded from this link:
The status of the bill can be viewed here:
Wednesday, March 23,
Alabama State House
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Please attend if you
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:
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.