POSTED: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 2:04pm
GRAND ISLE, LA — The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and Abita Beer partnered on a massive volunteer restoration project at Grand Isle State Park on September 29, 2012, leading more than 100 volunteers to shore up a mile-long section of beach damaged by Hurricane Isaac in late August.
The event, “Save Our Shore: Volunteer for the Coast” is the first in a series of restoration projects teaming CRCL with Abita Beer to not only restore critical areas of coastal land loss, but to give volunteers an opportunity to experience our state’s coastal challenge first hand. “Save Our Shore: Volunteer for the Coast” events focus on restoration, education, and celebrating our coast and culture.
Hurricane Isaac’s impact in August damaged many of the dunes along Grand Isle State Park’s shoreline, which is critical to the protection of wetlands, as well as the community on Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island. This was the first restoration project undertaken in the area since Hurricane Isaac. Volunteers installed dune fences and planted more than 12,000 plugs of dune grass, which helps stabilize the fragile beach along Grand Isle.
Funding for this project is provided by Abita Beer, which donates a portion of its sales of its SOS pilsner to coastal restoration efforts. Abita began brewing SOS beer in response to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in 2010. To learn more about Abita Beer’s response to our coastal crisis, and its partnership with CRCL, visit sos.abita.com.
"As a Louisiana company we feel compelled to help protect and restore the coast as our first line of defense against future threats. Everyone who buys Abita SOS is contributing to the effort. Our partnership with CRCL allows our customers to get involved as volunteers, get their hands dirty and see the Abita SOS funds being put to use," said David Blossman, President of Abita Brewing Company.
This event was also held in conjunction with National Estuaries Day, Sept. 29, an annual event to recognize the importance of protecting and restoring our nation’s estuaries.