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Dr. Lyle Trumbull discusses restoring a barrier island at CLEAN GULF

Lyle Trumbull, PhD presents at 2017 Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition

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. Because 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. 

In North Breton Island Early Restoration Project, a presentation delivered at the 2017 Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition, OBG emergency response and risk assessment expert Lyle Trumbull, PhD discussed this project, which is the first of its kind for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The project is creating more than 450 acres of habitat at North Breton Island. The $72 million project involves the restoration of beach, dune, and back barrier marsh habitats to support breeding birds. The new habitats will be created by pumping approximately 5.5 million cubic yards of sediment from a borrow area in the Gulf located approximately four miles from the island. 

The 2017 Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition, which took place on December 5-7, 2017 in Houston, TX, focuses on improving oil and hazardous materials spill prevention, preparedness, and response for inland, offshore, and coastal incidents. 

View North Breton Island Early Restoration Project [presentation]

Learn more about this project at OBG Insights.

For more information, Lyle can be reached at: Lyle.Trumbull@obg.com.

About Dr. Lyle TrumbullLyle Trumbull is an emergency response and risk assessment expert at OBG, and a practical ecologist with 32 years of experience in academics, government, industry, and consulting. Lyle has been the primary technical consultant on human health and ecological risk assessments for more than 30 clients and has participated in the Planning Section for more 30 drills and/or events. He was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation for his service in the Environmental Unit during the six-month response to the Athos I release and was responsible for permitting, booming strategies, and the development and initial management of the Natural Resource Advisor program during the MC 252 response. 

Read more Insights from Lyle:

Improving New York’s response capabilities for crude oil transportation incidents

International Oil Spill Conference

New York State’s Inland Geographic Response Plans