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Contact: Christine Payton April 13, 2006
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

The Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is sponsoring a free symposium on “Post Hurricane Environmental Issues and Ideas for Innovative Restoration” on Wednesday, April 26, from 6 - 8:30 pm in Hamilton Hall, room 108. It is open to the public.

South Louisiana was severely altered by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. There is a need for new and innovative ideas on how to rebuild the state. The infrastructure, homes, and economy must be constructed in a manner that is compatible with the environment and lessens the dependency on levees and flood control structures. The assembled speakers will provide information on innovative approaches to the restoration effort.

The tentative agenda will begin with opening statements by Dr. Barbara C. Benson of the Department of Renewable Resources at UL Lafayette. She will introduce the speakers and explain the topics and how they relate to restoring Louisiana's Coastal Zone in a manner compatible with its environment.

John Barras with U.S. Geological Survey will present the “Coastal Louisiana Post Hurricanes Regional Land Loss Assessment.” Dr. John Foret with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will discuss what was learned and ideas for future coastal restoration. Dr. Raymond L. Sterling from the Trenchless Technology Center of Louisiana Tech will propose tunneling and underground space technology as a solution to reduce alterations of the natural hydrology.

Dr. Rodney D. Hendrick with the LaHouse Resource Center, LSU will discuss construction ideas for a hurricane ready and environmentally compatible home and the Louisiana House demonstration at LSU. Dr. Mark Zappi, Dean of the College of Engineering, UL Lafayette will discuss biomass production for bio-fuels as a means for restoration of Louisiana's economy. A question and answer session will follow.

For more information, contact Benson at 482-5239.

Document last revised Thursday, April 13, 2006 4:20 PM

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