Field Trip: BP Command Center Visit
Beth Galante and I recently took a tour of the BP command center that was built on private property following the Deepwater Oil Spill. We visited with land owners we're working with on wetlands restoration efforts; this landowner group is collectively known as a the Meraux Foundation and they are dedicated to rebuilding and revitalizing St. Bernard Parish, which sits directly east of New Orleans. Because they understand the natural benefits of healthy wetlands, they have worked with many groups to restore their wetlands, which enhance local water quality and are crucial for providing protection against storm surge. The group is currently interested in using the building for environmental educational purposes or as a hub for wetland restoration.