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  • Profiles in Coastal Restoration: HESCO Bastion | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Profiles in Coastal Restoration HESCO Bastion July 18 2013 Posted by Delta Dispatches in BP Oil Disaster Profiles in Resilience Restoration Projects RESTORE Act By Will Lindsey Environmental Defense Fund Louisiana based company HESCO Bastion Environmental Inc is at the forefront of business innovations in response to the growing market for coastal restoration projects Finding new uses for established products the company is now involved in creating artificial oyster reefs and protective structures for wetlands This arena of work is expected to expand and create more jobs in coastal communities as the RESTORE Act funds and other monies from the BP oil spill begin to flow The Louisiana National Guard constructs a wall of sand filled Hesco Concertainer units in Cameron La to help keep oil tainted water in the Gulf of Mexico from moving inland June 22 2010 U S Army HESCO s original product the Concertainer is a barrier system that consists of galvanized welded mesh framed baskets complete with a non woven geotextile liner The product is offered in different dimensions and when properly assembled and filled with substrate such as sand creates a system of walls of exceptional strength and integrity In the past the Concertainer has been used primarily for flood protection and by the U S armed forces as a barrier against force Now in the face of coastal erosion in the Gulf Coast the Concertainer has been adapted to take on the challenge of coastal restoration The aptly named Concertainer Delta Unit maintains the original shape and design of the Concertainer but adds front unlined compartments These front compartments which alternate

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  • Profiles in Resilience: Royal Engineering & Consultants, LLC | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Profiles in Resilience Royal Engineering Consultants LLC May 9 2013 Posted by Delta Dispatches in Profiles in Resilience By Kaitlin Brown Environmental Defense Fund We look at coastal restoration as the future of our company Dwayne Bernal CEO Royal Engineering Dwayne Bernal CEO Royal Engineering Royal Engineering Consultants LLC Royal a New Orleans based engineering and consulting firm is one of the many innovative businesses committed to rebuilding the Gulf Coast after the 2010 Gulf oil disaster Led by CEO Dwayne Bernal Royal is dedicated to serving the public in a way that focuses not only on individual projects but also on rebuilding strong local communities The company s 75 employees work in a variety of areas including civil engineering construction management program project management environmental services energy services and coastal engineering Passage of last year s RESTORE Act is expected to provide significant new funding for coastal restoration This infusion will in turn benefit local companies like Royal and provide opportunities for them to grow The RESTORE Act provides a catalytic opportunity for our nation to create and protect jobs not only along the Gulf Coast but in communities across the country that will provide materials technologies and services for ecosystem restoration says Dwayne We look at coastal restoration as the future of our company Royal s coastal engineering services include but are not limited to planning and design of ecosystem restoration projects hydraulic and hydrodynamic modeling shoreline protection beneficial use of dredged material marsh creation design and barrier island restoration As coastal restoration funding is allocated to the Gulf Coast states as directed through the RESTORE Act more projects like

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  • Profiles in Resilience: Ecology and Environment, Inc. | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    has become a major part of E E s work and the company has paired up with several non profit organizations on projects including The Nature Conservancy National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Audubon Society Riverkeeper and a few land trust organizations The company s goal is to remain ahead of the curve in environmentally sustainable practices and it has been instrumental in not only carrying out restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico but also in planning them The Gulf Coast is everyone s responsibility says Bill Hudson of Ecology and Environment We are particularly pleased that Congress has finally passed the RESTORE Act Beyond directing much needed funding to the gulf the legislation does a great job of integrating ecological and economic recovery and making sure that projects across the region are planned coordinated and managed using the best available science and ecosystem based and adaptive management approaches Ecology and Environment Inc A philosophy of sustainability Ecology and Environment Inc headquartered in Lancaster N Y has offices in 43 cities across the United States including one in Baton Rouge La as well as 17 more offices throughout the world The company has worked in just about every ecosystem imaginable from the arctic to the tropics and it employs over 1 150 experts in 85 different science and engineering disciplines contributing to its multidisciplinary approach to problem solving The company strives to promote economic and human development in an environmentally sustainable manner and says that sustainability is the culture in which we live work and conduct business it extends from our local neighborhoods to the global community Ecology and Environment Inc offers services in several markets including power government oil and natural gas renewable energy and mining One of its points of pride is its approach to ecological and ecosystem management Hudson says an example of E E s expertise in ecosystem management is its work with oyster beds Anybody could go out and build an oyster bed explains Hudson But you don t want to build an oyster bed in water that s not good for growing oysters If there s too much sediment or if the water s not right or you re destroying a bed of seagrass to put in the oysters then they re not going to grow like you want them to and it s not worth it That s why we do a lot of planning testing and assessing before we actually take action Ecology and Environment and the Gulf of Mexico Before Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster of 2010 wetland restoration in the Gulf of Mexico had not been a main priority of the nation even though it is well documented that wetlands provide storm and flood protection to communities and natural areas as well as habitat for wildlife and seafood However those two disasters put restoring the gulf on the nation s radar and E E has been heavily involved post disaster Hudson points out that E E staff

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  • Groups Commend Louisiana Congressional Supporters on Passage of RESTORE Act | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Delta Wildlife Groups Commend Louisiana Congressional Supporters on Passage of RESTORE Act June 29 2012 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in 2012 Coastal Master Plan BP Oil Disaster Clean Water Act Congress Media Resources RESTORE Act Senator David Vitter Senator Mary Landrieu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts Chris Macaluso Louisiana Wildlife Federation 225 802 4048 chris lawildlifefed org Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 guidrye nwf org Karen Gautreaux The Nature Conservancy 225 788 4525 kgautreaux tnc org Kevin Chandler National Audubon Society 202 596 0960 kchandler audubon org Scott Madere Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 767 4181 scottm crcl org GROUPS COMMEND LOUISIANA CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORTERS ON PASSAGE OF RESTORE ACT Legislation restoring Gulf Coast ecosystems and economy included in Transportation Bill Baton Rouge La June 29 2012 Today local and national conservation groups praised the passage of the Surface Transportation Extension Act that includes the RESTORE Act a measure that will dedicate 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 gulf oil disaster to restoring the Gulf Coast environment and economy In praising the RESTORE Act the groups also encouraged the federal government and the State of Louisiana to ensure the fines are spent on the coastal projects laid out in the state s 2012 Coastal Master Plan We applaud the leaders from both houses whose tireless efforts have seen the RESTORE Act to this point especially Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and Representatives Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond said the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Environmental Defense Fund Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Louisiana Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy in a joint statement The BP oil disaster devastated an already degraded coastal region one that is suffering from a decades long coastal land loss crisis Fortunately through Louisiana s Coastal Master Plan we have the solutions in hand to repair ecosystems increase resiliency and ensure the long term sustainability of coastal communities We encourage state and federal officials to do the right thing and ensure RESTORE Act funds go towards jumpstarting the critical restoration projects needed to ensure our coast s survival Since the 1930s Louisiana has lost more than 1 900 square miles of wetlands an area roughly equivalent in size to the state of Delaware A recent study by researchers at the University of Florida shows that the BP oil disaster accelerated land loss by killing the marsh grasses that hold the marsh together doubling the rate of erosion in some areas Over the decades the decline of the Mississippi River Delta s wetlands has dramatically impaired protection from hurricanes and wiped out much of the buffer against future storms and disasters The loss of wetlands also threatens One of our nation s most important fisheries One of our nation s most significant port complexes and navigation systems Wildlife including tens of millions of migratory birds and

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  • Profiles in Resilience: Biohabitats, Inc. | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    North Carolina South Carolina Colorado New Mexico and New Jersey Company president and founder Keith Bowers has been a strong supporter of the RESTORE Act legislation currently making its way through Congress that would bring 80 percent of the 5 to 21 billion in expected Clean Water Act penalties from the gulf oil spill back to the five gulf states for ecological restoration and economic development Passage of the RESTORE Act would help companies like Biohabitats increase work along the Gulf Coast Economic Benefits of Coastal Restoration The Mississippi River Delta is home to millions of acres of coastal wetlands providing habitat for commercial fisheries recreation natural filtering and storm surge protection said Mr Bowers The ecological and economic value of these wetlands is undeniable yet we are losing thousands of acres each year to overdevelopment poor management and neglect Restoring these wetlands will not only begin to reverse this decline it will also add thousands of jobs in the process Coastal habitat restoration typically creates at least 3 4 times as many jobs as road infrastructure or oil and gas projects for every 1 million invested continued Bowers who readily acknowledges that ecological restoration can be a real catalyst for job creation economic vitality and ecosystem resiliency throughout the Mississippi River Delta Passing the RESTORE Act would help revitalize local communities while simultaneously increasing the natural capital that we all depend on for clean air fresh water healthy soils and wholesome food It s a win win for everyone Introducing Biohabitats Inc The Biohabitats mission is twofold To restore the earth and inspire ecological stewardship and to inspire communities to rediscover a sense of place through preserving indigenous ecosystems restoring biodiversity and inspiring ecological stewardship Biohabitats believes it has an ethical responsibility to protect nature and to restore it for future generations and it does so with practices that are defined by blending sound science place based design and ecological democracy Biohabitats stays true to its mission through a multifaceted approach to its work that revolves around ensuring that its actions respect and celebrate life by engaging people and communities and by constantly evolving and improving its practices Some examples of Biohabitats work include performing ecological baseline studies using geographic information systems conducting focus groups ecological modeling ecological restoration landscape management invasive species management and stormwater management The company has won several awards for its exemplary work including three this year The Texas ASLA Honor Award for Planning Analysis the Texas ASLA Merit Award for Residential Design Constructed and the Texas ACEC Engineering Excellence Silver Award for Water Resources Biohabitats and the Mississippi River Delta Wetlands at Jean Lafitte National Historic Park before restoration with Chinese tallow growing along dredge disposal embankments severing flow to adjacent marshes Credit Biohabitats Inc Years of building canals through Louisiana s wetlands for fossil fuel extraction have contributed to major ecological problems throughout the Mississippi River Delta During canal construction soil was piled up in mounds on the sides of waterways creating opportunities

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  • RESTORE Act Fines Could Provide Job Opportunities in Gulf Coast, 32 Other States | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    P E President of Taylor Engineering and a certified Diplomat in Coastal Engineering who was an officer in the U S Army Corps of Engineers for 20 years Restoration projects are very important to small and medium sized firms like ours because they provide a valuable stream of work in a fragile economy The cost to benefit ratio is very high for restoration projects especially for beach restoration which brings considerable value for regional economies in a multitude of business sectors Not only do these projects serve as an immediate and prolonged benefit economically but more importantly the net positive effects provided to a sustainable environmental infrastructure are enduring Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Delta based firms involved in coastal restoration The BP oil disaster worsened the damage to the badly degraded Mississippi River Delta wetlands a priceless resource that sustains the Gulf region s unique people and cultures and brings the U S economy billions of dollars each year in energy fishing shipping and tourism the report states At stake in the loss of coastal wetlands is not only the environmental health of the Gulf region but also several of the nation s vital industries The Gulf region s critical economic role and the extent to which this role depends on the delta ecosystem is evident in the following assets provided by the Gulf region 33 of the nation s seafood harvest National Marine Fisheries Service 2011 34 billion per year in tourism Oxford Economics 2010 90 of the nation s total offshore crude oil and natural gas production Energy Information Administration 2011 4 000 offshore oil platforms and 33 000 miles of pipeline Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement 2011 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2010 10 of the nation s 15 largest shipping ports by cargo volume American Association of Port Authorities 2009 The report notes that a robust coastal restoration sector has been developing in the marine construction industry but recent budget cuts have stalled many authorized restoration projects In Florida the economy is the environment but funding for environmental restoration projects has been reduced by the state and most local governments said Michael L Davis Vice President and Principal Keith and Schnars P A an environmental planning and engineering consulting firm that currently is working on the South Miami Dade Watershed Study and Plan and has offices in Fort Lauderdale Jacksonville and Doral Florida The RESTORE Act is a win for Florida s economy and Florida s environment because it will enable environmental consulting firms like mine to hire additional biologists and engineers and restoration construction contractors to buy more equipment and hire more operators The report concludes that coastal restoration is needed in Florida California the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes If U S markets expand the firms that serve them will be well positioned to sell to international markets as they develop in the future For example several countries in Asia are developing integrated coastal management programs and recently India

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  • Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 1, 2013 | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Latest Mississippi River Delta News April 1 2013 April 1 2013 Posted by Kevin Chandler in Latest News Natural river diversion at Mardi Gras Pass gains support from political commercial interests By Bob Marshall The Lens New Orleans March 27 2013 Mardi Gras Pass which seemed destined for closure a week ago may have caught a chance at new life Read more Plaquemines after Hurricane Isaac Elevation heights escalating insurance leave nowhere to run By Benjamin Alexander Bloch The Times Picayune New Orleans March 29 2013 Many Plaquemines residents have no choice but to stay in flood prone areas with no flood insurance to protect the investments they have worked for all their lives Read more Plaquemines after Hurricane Isaac Flood regulations may spell communities death knell By Benjamin Alexander Bloch The Times Picayune March 29 2013 Clyde and Stella Jones are rebuilding in the tattered Braithwaite community in the wake of Hurricane Isaac but they likely will forgo flood insurance to do so Read more Bill to rename oyster hatchery for late advocate By Jeremy Alford The Houma La Courier March 26 2013 BATON ROUGE The February death of oyster magnate and seafood expert Mike Voisin of Houma will leave a noticeable void in debates over natural resources at the State Capitol this spring but a Terrebonne Parish lawmaker is attempting to keep his

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  • Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 11, 2013 | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Latest Mississippi River Delta News March 11 2013 March 11 2013 Posted by Kevin Chandler in Latest News Second week of BP oil spill trial focuses on gross negligence By Mark Schleifstein The Times Picayune New Orleans March 8 2013 In the second week of the BP oil spill trial in New Orleans lawyers for the Plaintiffs Steering Committee and the Justice Department continued to plod through a long list of witnesses called to back up their contention that BP committed gross negligence and willful misconduct in actions before during and after the blowout of its Macondo oil well nearly three years ago Read more Forces collide as nature takes a stab at saving a coastal marsh for free By Bob Marshall The Lens New Orleans March 8 2013 Thirty five miles south of New Orleans the silt laden Mississippi River intermittently rolls through a 150 foot gap that started opening on the river s east bank during the Mardi Gras 2011 flood The café au lait water rushes noisily through the channel it carved across an adjacent shell roadbed then sweeps eastward toward marshes spreading to the horizon Read more La agencies to

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