America’s WETLAND Foundation can proceed with phase two of project
America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) recognized Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) for its significant investment in supporting the foundation’s next phase of shoreline restoration project development in Louisiana.
Elliott Bouillion, RES president and CEO, offered testimony at AWF's 2014 Adaptation for Gulf Coast Resiliency and Sustainability forum. The forum explored options for private-public financing of large scale and transitional coastal restoration projects in the Gulf region. RES also helped supply the plants for AWF’s shoreline restoration projects along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
"We were pleased to work with the AWF and were honored when AWF asked RES to provide the plants and landscape-scale ecological restoration solutions for their project. We look forward to partnering with AWF during phase two of the project," said Bouillion.
The first phase of the shoreline restoration project was completed in December 2015. It included one mile of embankment and the installation of Vegetated EcoShield, which create a vital feeding, nesting and roosting habitat for shorebirds, migratory birds and waterfowl. The stabilized berm is now providing ecosystem services of healthy and productive natural environment and protection from storm surge for the community of Larose, La.
To demonstrate the need for efficient reinforcement of shorelines, the project was completed in less than four months and at a fraction of the cost.
The project was supported with private funding through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, CITGO, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Community Coffee, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Louisiana, the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association and private landowners.
"RES and the leadership of Elliott Bouillion exemplifies the standards needed for attracting private investment in coastal restoration in Louisiana. Private dollars are critical in pushing large scale efforts forward and in completing transitional projects that can hold the line against saltwater intrusion until larger efforts can be implemented," said Val Marmillion, executive director of AWF.