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. In 2019 Cook-Off for the Coast raised almost $5,000 for the program.