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Join us for a special community update on the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle: Tuesday, November 27, 7pm to 9pm, All Souls Church & Community Center, 5500 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The Bayou is an integral part of the Lower Ninth Ward’s past, present and future. Hosted by All Souls Church, the Sierra Club, the CSED, the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, the National Wildlife Federation, and others.

Understanding the trends of the ecosystem degradation is an important starting point for the ecosystem restoration project. We want to restore the health, vitality, and sustainability of the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Ecosystem. As we have seen in the wake of multiple hurricanes, we cannot rely solely on levees to protect us from storm surges and flooding. It will take the restoration of the wetlands to bring us added security as well as a wonderful opportunity for community involvement.

Download CSED's latest info sheet on Bayou Bienvenue here.

For Lower Ninth Ward residents, this project is a source of hope and inspiration, but there are serious obstacles and numerous uncertainties with the proposed restoration solutions. Restoring the bayou is a low maintenance, long-term investment that will continue to provide protection for the New Orleans area over the years. As a result of the efforts of the CSED, the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, and other Lower 9th Ward groups, the Bayou Bienvenue has been included in both the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan and the Army Corps of Engineers' MRGO Ecosystem Restoration Plan, but neither has yet committed any funding to its restoration.

You can help out by contacting the CSED office and advocating for a healthier bayou!