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Buras home to nation’s largest oyster shell recycling program

By Kari Dequine Harden

reporter@plaqueminesgazette.com

More than 70 volunteers from all walks of life spent four days in Buras this month bagging about 800 tons of oyster shells – part of the biggest recycling effort of its kind in the entire country. As billions of dollars begin to pour into coastal restoration projects across the state as part of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, grassroots efforts like the nonprofit Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s oyster reef building project have a small but immediate impact toward tackling the mammoth goal of restoring lost habitat and slowing the rapidly eroding coastline.

 

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