While summer here at the NERRA “office” was great, we’re more than a little jealous of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s education team, who logged a six day road trip to three other Reserves along the Gulf of Mexico.
Protecting an estuary in a rapidly developing coastal area is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle when the pieces are changing shape. Sound impossible? When you live in Alabama’s fastest growing county, it’s a challenge you get used to.
This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov zoomed to Alabama to talk with Angela Underwood, education coordinator at the Weeks Bay Reserve, about BIOdiversity and equity, remote estuary education, and joining the secret society of the Jubilee.
“This is my home, and I like to keep it clean.” At Alabama’s Weeks Bay Reserve, volunteers and partners are helping to clean up marine debris, derelict vessels, and educate the public.
Flood insurance protects $28.5 billion worth of properties in Alabama and Mississippi — and the Weeks Bay and Grand Bay Reserves are ensuring those who need it can navigate the National Flood Insurance Program successfully.
Severe storms and flooding cost Alabama $4 billion in 2018. With the help of Weeks Bay Reserve, coastal communities have joined together to create the South Alabama Flooding Engagement Team (SAFE-T).