Every Challenge Has a Backstory
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, significant erosion occurred at barrier islands off the central Gulf of Mexico coast, including the Breton National Wildlife Refuge barrier island chain. These barrier islands, located in the Breton Sound 30 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana, serve as a natural breakwater protecting mainland environments. As a result of the storm and subsequent erosion, habitat acreage on the islands was significantly reduced.
An interagency team led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service looked to OBG to help restore one of the chain’s islands, North Breton Island.