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- Post Katrina Update: Urgent Call for Matching Funding! 12/22/2005
you may recall a few years ago we deployed the first reef balls in
. These are located in Lake
Pontchartrain just minutes boat ride form
. As you have probably come to
expect, these were a success. About
1 ½ years ago, we began a Phase II reef construction program in
. We applied for a grant and
the grant was awarded for $40,000. There
was a $25,000 cash match requirement (non-federal).
We had donation commitment from local car dealer.
The dealership was heavily impacted from Katrina and they cannot
follow through on their pledge. Under
the current circumstances of widespread devastation and needs, it is
difficult to contemplate a campaign to get a local contribution.
Therefore I thought you may have a suggestion for this donation
has been heavily impacted also, so possibly elsewhere..even an international
source. With the donation,
grant and in-kind services, we hope to construct three sites in
for a total cost of $80,000 including services. We lose all this if we do
not have a $25,000 donation.
suggestions would be appreciated.
survey indicates the reef balls in
were not dislocated from Katrina. Once
we document this, it should be a helpful testimony to their design.
A. Lopez, PhD
Dir. Coastal Sustainability Program
504-421-7348 - cell
Captain Paul, March 2004, Louisiana Sportsman Magazin, "Where are the
Reef Balls in Lake Ponchartrain?
Pontchartrain reefs completed Thursday November 06, 2003 The Times-Picayune
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 1/21/2004
work aims to reel in fishers [600 Reef Balls to be deployed] (Lake
Pontchartain, Louisiana) September 2, 2003
- July 8, 2003 Group
authorized to develop reefs (Lake Ponchartrain, Louisiana )
- LSU "[117c]
- Supercritical CO2 Carbonated Cements - Characterization and Application as
Artificial Coral Reefs"
- Two barge loads of Reef Balls are planned for Lake Pontchartrain (Fall 2003)
by Coastal Reef Builders, Inc. for Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (John
Lopez email@example.com) 985 847-1889
Letter No. 31. S&T Popularization Department,, April 1999, "Cooling
Diego Earth Times, July, 1998, "Reef Balls Coming To An Ocean Near
the World of Excess Carbon Dioxide -The Daily Revolution - Tech Talk Tuesday
- May 26, 1998 - News for the Third Millennium
- The Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans has added several Reef Ball
sizes to many of the exhibits.
BallsTM: How Combining Designed Reefs with Oil Superstructures
used as Artificial Reefs can help the overall reef system to better mimic
natural reef systems
please recall that ya'll have been gracious enough to provide us with 5 or 6
mini-balls and 2 of the new aggregate finish oyster balls so that we could
conduct spat set tests here in coastal Louisiana. Those tests were to
assess various material types for our soon-to-come (I hope) marsh/shore
protection project. The tests have been completed and reef balls
appear to be the winner (having the most oyster spat per unit surface area).
Once we have the surface area computations completed, we should be able to
send you a report. Dr. Earl Melancon firstname.lastname@example.org, a professor at Nicholls State
University (Louisiana), has conducted these tests and is having students develop the results. He is excited about the reefballs.
After 2 months in the water, we had a BIG stone crab residing inside one of
the oyster balls! Thanks again for supplying the reef balls!!
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400
Lafayette, LA 70506
Artificial Reef Coordinators For the State
P.O. BOX 98000
BATON ROUGE LA 70898-9000
Minerals and Mining
1201 ELMWOOD PARK BLVD., MS 5430
NEW ORLEANS LA 70123-2394
Coordinates of the Reef Balls
The coordinates for the newly constructed reef are latitude 30 degrees 16
minutes 17 seconds north and longitude 90 degrees 3 minutes 45 seconds west.
This places it about 5 miles south of Mandeville
Coastal Reef Builders, Inc. is our authorized contractor for the
Florida (Panhandle) and Alabama Large Area Permits. YOU can own your own Reef
Ball reef with private coordinates for as little as $180. AND THAT'S A DEPLOYED
PRICE! Coastal Reef Builders, Inc. owns a barge and tugboat and are also
available for deployment work throughout the southeast.
Reef Innovations, Inc. (RI) is a worldwide mobile, authorized,
licensed and insured Reef Ball Contractor providing turnkey construction and
delivery of Reef Ball products worldwide. RI also offers Reef Ball mold training
and finished module inspection services. Check our Website
for more information.
2415 McMichael Road
St. Cloud, Fl 34771
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