Tag Archives: wetlands

Wednesday Why: Preserving Tradition

03 06 13 WWHeidi, a talented artist who grew up in Chauvin, knows how important it is on the bayou to pass down traditions and shared experiences. If we continue to lose land at the rate that we have been over the last 80 years, it is doubtful that our young people will be able to pass these important experiences on to their children and grandchildren. The good news is that we can save coastal Louisiana if we work together.

If you want to get involved in working towards restoration and protection of our beloved coastal communities and ensure that future generations can throw cast nets and catch crabs and collect shells and paddle pirouges, let us know.

You can also send your Why to photoproject@bayougrace.org and check out our Why gallery.

Wednesday Why: The Wetlands Need Our Voice

We are looking forward to raising up our voices for our beloved wetlands this weekend at the Voice of the Wetlands Festival. The festivities kick off this Friday evening and continue through the weekend at the Southdown Plantation in Houma. Come out for some soulful bayou music, terrific food and a guaranteed good time with friends, family and community members who want to save our wetlands for future generations. Swing by our booth to tell the nation why you think we should save coastal Louisiana! If you can’t make it in person, email your why to photoproject@bayougrace.org.

Wednesday Why: Because Your Heart & Head Know

Whether it’s your heart that tells you or your head, you know that saving coastal Louisiana is the right thing to do!

Thanks to Chicagoan and All Saints’ Episcopal volunteer, Barb D, for reminding us that whether it’s our head or our heart that tells us, we know that coastal Louisiana is worth saving.

We’re super excited and look forward to working with Barb and all our good friends and amazing Louisiana Estuary Experience volunteers from All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago.  The All Saints volunteer team extraordinaire will be down the bayou next week working to do their part to save coastal Louisiana.  If you’re part of a school, church, or civic group looking for a great volunteer experience, consider volunteering with Bayou Grace.  Email Diane@bayougrace.org with questions or for more information about the Louisiana Estuary Experience volunteer opportunity.

Whether it’s your heart that tells you or your head, the reasons to save coastal Louisiana are countless. Why do you think we should save coastal Louisiana? If you’d like to participate in our photo project, please send your submission(s) to photoproject@bayougrace.org. And, don’t forget to check out the other submissions at Bayou Grace’s photo gallery.

Wednesday Why: Because This is Home

Did you know that nearly eighty percent of the current residents of Louisiana are native born residents?  This is the highest rate of any state in the nation. Where we live, work and play is part of our identity. Sustaining our culture is dependent on saving our coast. Let’s preserve this beautiful way of life so that future generations can appreciate and understand how precious coastal Louisiana is!

What’s your reason for saving coastal Louisiana? Remember there isn’t a wrong or right answer. Send your submission to photoproject@bayougrace.org. Who knows, maybe your photo could be used to influence someone else’s decision to do the same! And, don’t forget to check out the other submissions at Bayou Grace’s photo gallery.

Where the Water Meets the Web

Social networking, smart phones, and wireless living are tools of technology helping to introduce an entire generation to land loss and our rapidly changing landscape.

Bayou Grace’s Building Community Resilience through Community Dinners Project is a commitment to residents to provide fellowship as well a connection to agencies, elected leaders and other advocates who are working to help restore the Louisiana coastline.  The March 17th community dinner in Montegut also helped to introduce a new online application that could help to increase the number of coastal advocates both locally and nation-wide. Find photos from the March 17th community dinner in Montegut here.

In collaboration with Bayou Grace, Jonathan Foret, Development Director of the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center (SLWDC), and Sandra Maina, SLWDC intern sponsored by UNO-CHART, presented the ‘Vanishing Points’ mobile phone app to an engaged community.

The goal for the ‘Vanishing Points’ mobile phone app is to mobilize people both locally and nationally in coastal restoration through education on this phenomenon and to bring national recognition and respect for the impacts of coastal land loss.   The app will show animations of historical land loss, current restoration projects and also ways get involved in coastal restoration efforts.  The ‘Vanishing Points’ app will also link to YouTube videos of local people describing impacts and changes from coastal land loss as well as to organizations currently working in protection efforts.

Enjoying home-cooked jambalaya, great community partnerships and friendships added the perfect seasoning to a conversation about the development of this app.  Sandra and Jonathan introduced the app to the audience and then residents were broken up into focus groups to discuss various topics.   Some residents helped provide information to be used on the app including the location of key points of historical and cultural interest in each of the 5 bayou communities.   Some of the suggestions were Bisland Cemetary, Isle De Jean Charles road, the Dulac Community Center, Mount Calvary Church and nearly twenty other significant locations.  Residents were eager to highlight so many valuable landmarks in our communities, solidifying their strong concern for all that is at stake through continuous land loss and lack of coastal restoration and protection.

Jonathan and Sandra hope that the ‘Vanishing Points’ app is frequently visited and is a utilized tool and not just a one stop shop.  Residents agreed that in order to accomplish this, the app must be interactive and offer pertinent information about our communities.  App users could help create and build the app by submitting their own photos.  Small businesses could advertise on the app and offer users coupons to their businesses via the app.  Important information such as weather forecasts, hurricane and severe storm conditions, elevations and moon cycles would also be features that would make the app interactive, educational and useful and would keep users coming back.

The audience at this dinner ranged from young adults to senior citizens and while they had varying skills, interest and exposure to technology, overall everyone agreed that the ‘Vanishing Points’ app would be a wonderful tool.  Residents who are not accustomed to using this type of technology also expressed interest in training and using a web-based version of the app.  The possibilities for this app are endless and exciting. If you would like to help build this app by submitting your older pictures, your stories or ideas, please contact Jonathan Foret at the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center to get involved!  Email Jonathan at jforet@slwdc.org.

Through Bayou Grace’s Building Community Resilience Through Community Dinners Project, Bayou Grace has hosted 21 community dinners since the BP Oil Spill, giving people the opportunity to come together for fellowship, important information, and a great meal cooked by local community cooks.  Bayou Grace is pleased to be able to continue the community dinners project with support from the Coastal Communities Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, which began funding the dinners in early 2012, and from generous donors from around the nation. Dulac will be the site of the next Bayou Grace community dinner on September 19.  Susan Bergeron, the Outreach Coordinator for Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) will be presenting at this upcoming dinner. If you would like to help ensure that these dinners continue, contact the Bayou Grace office at 985-594-5350 to get involved or to make a donation.

Wednesday Why: To Get to the Heart of the Matter

With the start of hurricane season just around the corner, it’s critical to understand that a restored coast offers natural protections that are crucial for the survival of our coastal communities.  Without natural protections in place, such as restored coastal marshes nourished by small to medium fresh water diversions and restored barrier islands,  to work in conjuction with manmade protections, it is only a matter of time before our bayou communities cease to be.  However, this story doesn’t have to end in tragedy.  We can and we must invest in saving our coastal communities.  The cost will be high.  There is no easy way around it.  But what will be the cost if we don’t get to the heart of the matter and make this investment?

What’s your answer to the question,  “Why should we save coastal Louisiana?” To add your why to the project, send your submission to photoproject@bayougrace.org.  And don’t forget to check out other great submissions in our Why Gallery.

Wednesday Why: We Can’t Walk on Water!

Even though we can’t walk on water, we do lots of great things for the nation in coastal Louisiana.  There is no question that the Louisiana coast is a working coast–its residents laboring tirelessly to feed and fuel the nation.   A restored coast is vital not only to the residents and communities of south Louisiana, but is intricately linked to the health and well-being of our nation as a whole.

We can save our Great American Delta. The cost will be high. There is no easy way around it. But what will be the cost if we don’t make this investment for the good of our entire nation?

There is only one coastal Louisiana.   Make a commitment today to do something to ensure that our nation’s wetlands are here today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

What’s your reason for saving coastal Louisiana?  Send your submission to photoproject@bayougrace.org.  Join the hundreds of participants who’ve answered the question, “Why Should We Save Coastal Louisiana?” and don’t forget to check out our gallery of photo-project submissions.