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National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management

Murat Utku, PhD, PE

In December, OBG, Part of Ramboll (formerly OBG) participated in the National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management, hosted by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) in Long Beach, California.

The six-day Summit focused on the theme, Investing in Our Coasts: Environment, Economy, Culture, and explored cutting-edge issues in coastal restoration and management. During the conference, experts Murat Utku, PhD, PE and Steve Mooney shared insights from coastal restoration projects that are rebuilding shorelines and enhancing ecosystem resilience to environmental change.

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A Successful Case Study of Restoration: North Breton Island, Louisiana [PDF]
Murat Utku, PhD, PE

Murat discussed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project at North Breton Island that is restoring beach, dune, and back barrier marsh habitats to support breeding birds, and helping to compensate the public for spill-related injuries and losses to these resources.

Onondaga Lake Southwest Shoreline Restoration, New York [PDF]
Steve Mooney

Steve discussed the sustainable remediation of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York, recognized as one of the largest lake restoration projects in North America. The project, led by Honeywell, restored 400 acres of uncapped soda ash production tailings and other pollutants along the lake’s southwest shoreline and Nine Mile Creek’s shoreline, and achieved hydrologic control of leachate generated by the site and discharged to adjacent water bodies.

The project included the creation of a 20-acre shoreline wetland complex that allowed Honeywell to meet compensatory wetland mitigation requirements and enhanced more than 6,000 feet of the lake’s shoreline. More than 40,000 plants were installed, and approximately 60 species of fish, birds, and other wildlife have returned to the restored western shoreline.

Steve Mooney