Westervelt is pleased to announce the recent approval of a new bank! Alabama River Mitigation Bank provides a compensatory mitigation alternative for stream and wetland impacts in a region currently under-served with mitigation options. Located in Wilcox and Monroe Counties, the vast majority of the bank’s service area includes the Lower and Middle Alabama River watersheds. The bank also provides mitigation for impacts in secondary services areas within the Mobile District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the application of a proximity factor.
The 971.1 acre site has a unique landscape position that compels protection. It is part of the Alluvial/Deltaic Plain physiographic region, with ecology and geomorphology influenced by the Alabama River, which is approximately 2.2 miles southwest of the proposed Bank site. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) states that the lower Alabama River is one of Alabama’s natural treasures, having natural beauty, including high bluffs, and contains one of the richest freshwater mussel beds in Alabama. The lower Alabama River also provides a home for a host of interesting fish species such as alligator gar, paddlefish, Alabama darter, and one of the most endangered species in the world, the Alabama sturgeon.
Alabama’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (2005) states in its discussion of the Alabama River Basin that one of the highest priority conservation actions is to improve water quality and habitat quality throughout the basin and to support habitat and riparian restoration. This project meets this conservation action.
A portion of Tallatchee Creek lies within the bank boundary. Interestingly, six specimens of freshwater mussel taxa were found in Tallatchee Creek, including one federally listed species, Pleurobema perovatum (Ovate Clubshell). This is the first known positive identification for Pleurobema perovatum in Monroe County, Alabama. Additionally, Westervelt Ecological Services is participating with the ADCNR and USFWS for the release and reintroduction of the Orangenacre Mucket, Hamiota perovalis (Conrad, 1834), within a section of Tallatchee Creek.