By: Kim Albins
Earth Day began with a clean sweep at Dog River in Alabama. Press and local residents gathered Tuesday, April 22 as cleanup crews from Chris Lovvorn Pile Driving Inc. removed four derelict vessels from the shoreline.
A large excavator described as a “Godzilla-sized litter grabber,” by Lee Yokel, project coordinator from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), removed these rotting eyesores from the salt marsh. Media and neighbors witnessing the removal weren’t sure how long the vessels have been disturbing the habitat, but all were excited to see them go.
Nearby at Chris Lovvorn’s ship yard, the vessels are stacked and ready for upcoming dewatering, a process to remove the remaining water inside the vessels. Now, 14 of the 28 vessels slated for removal are out and the habitat in Dog River can begin to recover. Researchers from DISL will return to the site May 17th to begin restoration work.
This removal project in Dog River Alabama was funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s annual Community-Based Marine Debris Removal Federal Funding Opportunity in 2013. For additional information visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website.