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Apr 19, 2013 8:14 AM by AP

Phase II of Floating Islands project begins

Phase II of the Floating Islands Restoration Project, designed to help rebuild the coastline in Terrebonne Parish, will be held Friday and Saturday.
Volunteers will place about 1,000 feet of synthetic mats in the water. The 5-foot-by-20-foot mats can hold 150 to 200 plants and will be placed end-to-end and anchored to the water bottom.
Officials say the "floating islands" technology allows the plants to take root in the water bottom while providing protection from the natural elements.
Phase I of the project, completed in September 2011 in Point Aux Chene, was the first to use the new technology, developed by Martin EcoSystems, in an open-water application in the marine environment. Coastal Conservation Association and its partners were pleased with the results and decided to expand into Phase II.

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