Interim Shoreline Stabilization Project
interim shoreline project being recommended?
The Town of Dauphin Island has contracted Dr. Scott Douglass (University of South Alabama) to conduct a study on possible long-term
solutions to address the erosion problems affecting Dauphin Islandís
entire Gulf shoreline. Dr. Douglass has stated that this study may take
18 to 24 months to
Once the study is completed, and a long-term solution proposed, design and permitting for the
project could take a year or more. Then, assuming monies can even be
procured for the project, one to two more years may be required to fully complete
the effort, depending on what the recommended solution will be.
From these estimates, the process could take several years.
At this time, it is not known from where needed
funding would come for a long-term solution. To date, no funding source
has even been identified, let alone allocated. Thus, considerable
uncertainty exists as to when, or even if, a long-term solution can be
In the interim, the weakened West End will continue to remain vulnerable
to storms. Since Tropical Storm Ida in Nov. 2009, there has been
increasing and accelerating
erosion of the Gulf shoreline, and numerous washovers threaten to create additional
breaches in the island. The effects of a tropical storm and hurricane
during this period could be catastrophic for the islandís West End.
If the Island breaches at its current weak points (Raphael Semmes St.,
St. Stephens Rd. and points further west), it will be all the more
difficult to repair, and access to homes will be completely cut off for
an indefinite period of time.
What do you propose?
Go to our Downloads page for a PowerPoint slide show that
gives a high level view of the proposal. Note that the proposal
recommends stabilization of all public beach areas of the Gulf-front
shoreline which are currently in crisis, not just public beach areas of the West End.
Other solutions, some of which could possibly be implemented in the
not-too-distant future with adequate funding, are listed on the
Possible Long Term Solutions page.