Dog River Clearwater Revival is excited to announce a Five Star Restoration Project award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore 2 acres of riparian wetlands in the Dog River Watershed in Mobile, Alabama. This project aims to promote habitat renewal for the endangered West Indian Manatee and the Alabama Red Bellied Turtle as well as other local species whose habitats depend on native emergent wetlands and aquatic vegetation. Schwarz Park, located on Halls Mill Creek in Dog River, is the location site for restoration.

The project, “Restore Dog River Shores” includes removal of invasive plant species, planting of native emergent and aquatic vegetation, reducing water pollutants, debris removal, and increasing wetland conservation projects with partnering organizations. The Education Outreach component emphasizes improving the water quality of the Dog River Watershed that covers over 60 percent of the City of Mobile. Restore Dog River Shores will create hands on learning for area youth as well as educate citizens on the importance of protecting wetland habitats for endangered and native species.

The Dog River Watershed Habitat Restoration and Education Project, Restore Dog River Shores is receiving funding from Alabama Power and Southern Company through their National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partnership. To learn about Alabama Power’s commitment to sustainability please visit www.alabamapower.com/environment/

Your help is needed on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. to remove debris and invasive plant species from Schwarz Park. Bring your boots and a willingness to Restore Dog River Shores. For more information about the project, to help with funding, or to volunteer please contact the Project Coordinator Rachel Williams at [email protected] or visit our website at www.dogriver.org

Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) sustains, restores and enhances the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,000 organizations and committed more than $2.1 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.