MARCH 12TH KIWANIS MEETING
The Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi’s March 12th meeting had guest speaker Blaise Pezold, Coastal Program Manager for the Meraux Foundation.
Pezold spoke on two main subjects. First, was the Black Mangrove Program which is a very saltwater tree, started in 2016 in the Biloxi Marsh. CHS students, volunteers and the Meraux Foundation has planted 3,000 and plan to plant 1,250 more Black Mangrove Trees in April 2019. Over 6,000 have been potted in CHS and Meraux Greenhouses. Second, the Chandeleur Sound Shoreline Program. The project is possible through a partnership between CHS-CTE, the Meraux Foundation, St. Bernard Parish, SSE and Nunez Community College. With experiential construction and deploying oyster breakwaters for coastal restoration. They are 4’ x 6’ x 3’ rebar with 2” Coquina Stone around the frame which mimics the natural formation of Oyster bed’s. They are placed along shorelines of Comfort Island in the Chandeleur Sound. Both projects have federal funding.
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