Louisiana Mission trip with B.T.N.E.P. – Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Because many of the Mississippi river banks are concrete, rather than soil, the amount of sediment traveling down the river has greatly decreased. Subsequently, rising water levels have depleted vital estuary marshlands. In March of 2010, I joined a group of student volunteers for a spring break mission trip to Louisiana. To remedy the situation, we harvested and replanted wetland grass onto mad-made islands, dredged from the ocean. The grass adds structure to the sandy soil and helps to restore precious marsh habitat.