Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Scientists fear BP blowout killed far more birds than officially reported
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. April 15, 2014.
“Almost from the start wildlife advocates described the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a war on the Gulf ecosystem…” (read more)

Louisiana House committee approves $725 million budget for 2015 coastal plan,…"

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Registration open for Restore or Retreat annual general membership meeting

April 14, 2014 | Posted by Delta Dispatches in Meetings/Events

Restore or Retreat Annual General Membership Meeting

Monday, April 28, 2014

Guest Speaker: Justin Ehrenwerth, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

The RESTORE Act established a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, comprised of the five Gulf States, as well as federal departments and agencies, which will manage a 30 percent share of Gulf oil spill Clean Water Act penalties distributed under the RESTORE Act for ecosystem restoration through a Comprehensive Plan.

When: Monday, April 28, 2014
11:30 am Registration
12:00pm Program

Envie Restaurant
207 East Bayou Road
Thibodaux, LA

Reservations are open to the public, but are requested by Wednesday, April 23.

$25 payable in advance
$30 at the door
$250 table sponsors (seating for 8 with priority seating and event recognition)

Call (985) 448-4485 or fax (985) 448-4486 to RSVP or register online at

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

BP oil spill choked off important pelican nesting sites on Louisiana coast
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. April 11, 2014.
“The immediate impact of the lost nesting sites is likely to be felt more by humans than the birds, said Melanie Driscoll, the National Audubon Society’s director of bird conservation for…"

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Profiles in Resilience: ORA Estuaries wins 2014 Water Challenge business pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

April 14, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Economics, People, Profiles in Resilience, Restoration Projects

By Keenan Orfalea, Communications Intern, Environmental Defense Fund

Last month, ORA Estuaries took first place in the 2014 Water Challenge business pitch competition at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The Baton Rouge-based company beat out four other startups to claim the prize, which included $50,000 in seed money as well as free office space and legal counsel for a year. This support will help the company to expand the use of its innovative products and services in restoring Louisiana’s wetlands.

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Tyler Ortego, president and founder of ORA Estuaries.

ORA Estuaries provides engineering, scientific and regulatory consulting services as well as project implementation for clients including local, state and federal governments. The company’s primary products are the patented OysterBreak™ and OysterKrete® technologies.

“The OysterBreak and OysterKrete technologies were originally developed in Louisiana to address Louisiana's coastal land loss,” said Tyler Ortego, president and founder of the company. “This prize package, combined with recent project successes, is critical to allowing ORA Estuaries to export that success to other areas of the country and world.”

ORA’s innovative technologies are specifically designed to facilitate the protection, restoration and healthy growth of coastal estuaries. OysterBreak™ is designed to use the gregarious, shell-building nature to form a living coastal protection structure. The system has proven more effective than alternative rock structures. By employing these tools, ORA Estuaries is able to accomplish its primary goals of stabilizing shoreline and enhancing marine ecosystems.

Small Oysterbreak. Credit: ORA Estuaries.

Small Oysterbreak™. Credit: ORA Estuaries.

While ORA Estuaries may be a startup, Ortego has years of experience working in coastal engineering and natural resource management. He is a Graduate of Louisiana State University and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Engineering, as well as being both a professional engineer and a certified oyster biologist with the state’s Oyster Lease Damage Evaluation Board. He started his career consulting on wetland restoration, flood protection and mitigation projects around Louisiana and the Gulf Coast before founding ORA Estuaries. Since then, the company has participated in a number of large-scale plans involving the study and design of oyster reefs and various other aquatic environments. Through the success of these projects, Mr. Ortego hopes they will become “the new definition of a living shoreline.”

Thanks to winning the Water Challenge business pitch, ORA Estuaries plans to use its innovator prize monies to help market their OysterBreak™ technology as a solution to coastal restoration experts internationally.

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

NWF: Barataria Bay still struggling 4 years after BP oil spill (+video)
By Paul Murphy, WWL TV. April 10, 2014.
“The BP oil spill is neither gone, nor forgotten along coastal Louisiana…” (read more)
Cross posted here

Nearly 4 years later, researchers gather data to realize full impact of Deepwater Horizon…"

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