A portion of the proceeds from Cook-Off for the Coast benefit restoration projects by local St. Bernard groups.
In 2017 the inaugural Cook-Off for the Coast raised awareness of coastal restoration efforts and raised more than $4,400, which was granted to St. Bernard Wetlands Foundation in support of tree plantings to help reduce impacts from storm surge and flooding, as well as improve water quality and create habitat for fish and wildlife.
Cook-Off attendees and Restore the Mississippi River Delta Staff planted cypress trees in the Caernarvon area with trees from the St. Bernard Wetlands Foundation in 2018.
St. Bernard Parish Black Mangrove Program
The St. Bernard Parish Black Mangrove Program was initiated in 2016 for the purpose of expanding the reach of healthy black mangroves stands in the Biloxi Marsh while educating local youth on the benefits of revegetation as a restoration tool. Since the inception of the program, governmental, nongovernment, and academic partners have potted and cultivated over 6,000 black mangroves in the Chalmette High School and Meraux Foundation greenhouses and planted approximately 4,250 mature plants in the Biloxi Marsh.
Chandeleur Sound Living Shoreline Program
The Chandeleur Sound Living Shoreline Program was designed and permitted in 2018 for the purpose of reducing wetland erosion through the construction of oyster reef breakwaters. Students from the Chalmette High School Career Technical Education Workforce Development Program constructed the designed lightweight rebar cages at Nunez Community College while learning how to weld. The cages will hold Coquina shell stone which mimics the natural formation of oyster beds and encourages new oyster growth. The program provides experiential learning for students, educating them about coastal restoration and teaching them construction skills. Student will deploy the first 20 cages along the Northern edge of Comfort Island in the spring of 2020.