*** Project Update 7/2/2013***
Bayou Saint John wetland project is underway!
Many thanks to all who contributed to our online campaign. The money raised will be an important part of the site’s development. As the project progresses we will decide how the $1,700 will be used. It will likely be for tangible additions to the site such as signage, benches or other improvements.
As of July 1st we have constructed half of the eastern retaining wall, and have worked out our construction process. We have a core crew and are seeking volunteers to help fill and handle sand bags for the next few weeks.
We’ll be working most days from 8 am to noon. Our main volunteer days will be on Fri 7/5, Sat 7/6, Tues 7/9, Thurs 7/10 and Sat 7/13. Inquire about work on other days.
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The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) is excited to announce the Bayou Saint John Wetland Creation Project, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build ½ acre of native marsh in the city of New Orleans. LPBF is a non-profit group that has been working for southeast Louisiana’s people and environment since 1989 under the banner, “Save Our Lake, Save Our Coast.” http://saveourlake.org
We came up with the plan to build wetlands as an add-on to a dredging project that was already scheduled for this spring. This opportunity came up quickly, and we have scrambled to draft plans, secure permits, and find partners before construction starts in mid-May 2013.
We are reaching out to everyone who loves New Orleans and cares about the vanishing Louisiana coast. Together we can rebuild a patch native habitat and bring some nature back to the Big Easy.
To learn more about the project, visit: http://saveourlake.org/PDF-documents/our-coast/BSJ/BSJ-Wetland-Project-May2013.pdf
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What we need:
We feel so strongly about this project that we committed to it without having all funding in place. We are raising money to cover construction costs, and then to fund ongoing maintenance and monitoring. If we raise more than we need for immediate costs, we will do more scientific research and add signage, wildlife viewing access and other improvements. Our ultimate goal is to make the Bayou St. John marsh a destination for education, recreation, bird watching and fishing.
This project will give lots of benefit for relatively low cost. Since it piggybacks on an existing dredge project, the earth moving is free. Construction uses all local materials and new technology that is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than traditional methods. Several partners are providing material and technical support, including the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Restore the Earth Foundation.
Why are we so excited about this project?
Building wetlands where there is now a concrete wall will benefit the local wildlife, the city’s residents and visitors, and the imperiled Louisiana coast.
- Improves aquatic habitat for fish, crab and waterfowl.
- Traps sediment and improves water quality.
- Protects adjacent bulkhead and levee.
- Enhances the historic urban waterway and the Lafitte Corridor.
- Provides a living classroom and wildlife viewing in an urban area.
- Demonstrates new nature-based technologies that can help restore the Louisiana coast.
Every dollar donated will go directly into constructing, maintaining and enhancing these wetlands, and then studying them scientifically and developing them as a resource. This is an opportunity to help build something tangible that you can visit to experience nature in the city. The habitat you help build will support more birds for you to see and fish for you to catch.
Please consider helping build the Bayou Saint John wetlands. Tell everyone who loves New Orleans about this opportunity to restore its environment and support its culture.