Alabama SWAMP Land

by admin on June 24, 2010

Welcome to Alabama SWaMP Land. This site is under development but we want to let you know what we're doing here if you've happened upon us when searching for "Stream Mitigation Credits", "Wetland Mitigation Credits", or "Mitigation Bank."

Alabama SWaMP Land is developing a 100 acre stream and wetland mitigation project in Lee County, Alabama on land owned by Moonshine Properties. This project will provide approximately 32,000 stream mitigation credits when fully developed.

The stream mitigation project is located just off U.S. Highway 280 between Auburn/Opelika, Alabama and Phenix City, Alabama near the community of Salem.

If you are involved with the development of a site that will require off-site mitigation and are anwhere in East Central Alabama, please call us for information about the project. We will send you an executive summary and a full technical report on the project.

Call J. Keith Maxwell at (334) 513-7333 for more information.

Engineer: Pro17 Engineering

Environmentalist: BioResources, LLC

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What is Fracking?

by admin on August 19, 2012

Fracking, the popular abbreviation for hydraulic fracturing, is a technique involving the injection of millions of gallons of water and thousands of gallons of potentially harmful chemicals underground at very high pressure which create fractures in the underlying shale rock formations and allows for the extraction of the natural gas found in those layers.

Fracking opens up access to what is believed by experts to be a vast source of natural gas. This could alleviate a lot of our future energy shortages. This also means profits to energy companies. This may lead to energy independence of the United States. However, other experts believe that this means a threat to our air and water – the Earth where we live. Admittedly, particular situations would lead one to believe that, at least in those situations, that this method has some environmental issues.

Just like any other environmental issues, fracking is likely to remain an issue in the forefront of energy policy.

Watch this somewhat humorous video to learn more about Fracking – My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song.)
I don’t necessarily agree with all of the “facts” presented in this video, but I’m sure if it was happening in my back yard I would want to investigate a little more.

A recent development in the Talladega National Forest in Alabama has local residents waging a small war against the government for proposing to open up “fracking rights” in the National Forest there. This is located on Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in Alabama at a little over 2200 feet. (Full Disclosure: My hometown is at the foot of Cheaha Mountain in the small town of Munford, AL.)

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Land Surveying: Ethics of a Land Surveyor

January 7, 2012

Not a lot of people realize that land surveying is actually a fusion of art and science. Yes, different equipments are available for the surveyor’s use, but the land surveyor still has the last say on the results. Despite this though, a land surveyor still has several guidelines to follow. If you’ve had an experience […]

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Different Stream Restoration Techniques

June 26, 2011
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The Role of Mitigation Banks for Stream Credits and Wetland Credits

April 3, 2011

  The federal government of the United State, under the Clean Water Act (section 404), requires remission for the destruction of any stream, wetland or endangered habitat of wildlife. Many states and local governments require this too. The mitigation bank, once given a go signal by certain agencies, may sell stream credits and/or wetland credits […]

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Stream Restoration Techniques

February 23, 2011

  Just what is stream restoration all about? You may have heard about it already, but do you know what exactly it’s for? In a nutshell, stream restoration is when the environmental health of a stream or river is improved through a set of activities.             There are several ways in which the natural function […]

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But WHY is it Important to Preserve Wetlands?

September 20, 2010

In the last post, we discussed why wetlands are important to the environment.  Now, let’s explore why wetlands should be preserved….  In the article “Preserving wetlands: A natural security issue” the writer gives several reasons for this.    Why is it Important to Preserve Wetlands? It is important to preserve our wetlands because it is a […]

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But WHY are Wetlands Important?

September 14, 2010

  As someone fairly new to the concept of stream mitigation and wetland credits, I have often asked "but WHY are wetlands important?"   In the recent post titled "Why wetlands are Important" the writer does a really good job answering the question…  In case you are new to this concept; wetlands are areas of submerged or water saturated […]

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Stream Restoration Prevents Soil Erosion

August 26, 2010

The information below was taken from a recent post titled "The Stream Banks Are Being Eroded because of Improper Stabilization!" The article puts into elementary terms exactly what it is being proposed by Alabama SWaMP Land on its stream mitigation projects.  Stream restoration is the re-establishment of the general structure, function and self-sustaining behavior of the […]

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Stream Restoration Provides Valuable Habitat

July 19, 2010

Stream Restoration actually encompasses more than just the rushing or meandering water that you see between the stream banks.  We actually are more concerned with the entire "stream corridor."  So, when we say stream restoration, just know that we're actually talking about "stream corridor restoration."  A stream corridor, or stream valley, is a complex and valuable […]

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