Hurricane Disaster Response

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Location: Gulf Shores, AL
Client: Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Hurricane Ivan (2004) and Hurricane Katrina and (2005), two of the most destructive storms in U.S. history, made landfall less than a year apart, wreaking destruction along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Both hurricanes scattered debris throughout coastal Alabama state lands and waterways posing hazards to navigation, travel and health. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) asked Volkert to oversee the recovery effort.

Volkert helped locate and classify debris and determine means for removal and disposal, including the creation of plans, scopes, specifications, and bids. Volkert’s environmental services included wetland monitoring at the Gulf State Park, evaluations for protected species such as the Alabama Beach Mouse, beach re-nourishment, and environmental services for the Gulf State Park beach pavilion demolition.

Volkert assisted in removing debris from over 70,000 acres of state waters. Submerged Aquatic Vegetation was marked with PVC pipes, signaling a buffer zone where debris removal was performed by hand and monitored. Side scan sonar identified debris and verified removal.

Volkert worked to coordinate debris removal with other entities:

  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Alabama Department of Transportation
  • City of Gulf Shores
  • City Orange Beach
  • Wolf Bay Watershed Watch
  • Lower Alabama Search and Rescue

Scope of Work: Debris Monitoring, Debris Location, Identification and Classification, Waterway Debris  Assessment and Mapping, Damage Assessment, Beach Renourishment  Monitoring, Environmental Compliance, Bid and Contract Administration, Agency Coordination, Habitat Protection