Kids help build 'floating islands' for coastal restoration

Kids help build 'floating islands' for coastal restoration

LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Nearly 100 students and dozens of volunteers helped build a floating island to help with coastal restoration near Grand Isle.

The students from Lafourche Parish schools worked on the Floating Island Restoration Project, which was spearheaded by the Coastal Conservation Association's Building Conservation Trust. Shell Oil Company, Entergy, Lafourche Parish and Martin Ecosystems also worked on the project.

Kids ranging from 10 to 15 years old planted roughly 6,000 square feet of new wetland island habitat and placed them in the water just north of LA 1 near Grand Isle. They planted three types of native plants, including mangrove, seashore paspalum and smooth cord grass, into 8-foot by 25-foot BioHaven Floating Islands. The islands were assembled on dry land, then moved to the water for installation.

The project was held in conjunction with 2015 Earth Day.

Martin Ecosystems says its floating technology allows the plants to take root in the water bottom while providing protection from the natural elements and enhancing fish habitats.

The project is scheduled to be completed on Saturday.

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