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Port of South Louisiana Signs MOU with Nicholls State University on Coastal Restoration Efforts

The Port of South Louisiana has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nicholls State University of Thibodaux (LA) to promote the university’s Coastal Restoration Program, which is dedicated to providing storm surge protection, ending coastal land loss and restoring Louisiana land.

The agreement signed by Port Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin and Nicholls State University President Dr. Bruce Murphy commits the port to financially assist Nicholls in its endeavors. In turn, Nicholls will supply monthly status reports and other data pertaining to goals and milestones.

"Restoration of our coast is important to all Louisianians," Mr.  Aucoin said. "It’s important for our country.  Coastal restoration benefits all of us, male and female, young and old. The Port of South Louisiana is proud to assist Nicholls State University with its coastal restoration efforts."

The program’s restoration efforts include mainly grass and mangroves plantings but also installation of sand fences. At the same time, participants monitor changes within the marshes, whether they are positive or negative. The program also aims to teach its students how change in the coastline affects industries and to instill a sense of stewardship of Louisiana’s natural habitats.

"The Port of South Louisiana’s partnership represents a valuable investment in Nicholls State University and our coastal communities," Dr. Murphy said. "Since July 2014, Nicholls biology students and faculty have grown, harvested and planted over 16,000 grasses and plants in coastal habitats. Thanks to the Port of South Louisiana’s generous support, Nicholls will be able to expand its Coastal Restoration Program, which provides tremendous assistance for Louisiana’s coastal region and valuable hands-on experiences for Nicholls biology students."

From left: Nicholls State University Professor and Head of Biological Sciences Dr. Quenton Fontenot, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin, University President Dr. Bruce Murphy, and Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Allyse Ferrara.
Photo/Port of South Louisiana



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