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SouthWings receives award

SouthWings earned honors for our work protecting Louisiana’s wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin.
April 24, 2014

Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, SouthWings receive awards for work protecting the Atchafalaya Basin

Pictured (L to R): Marylee Orr, Michael Orr, Cara Leverett, Dean Wilson, Meredith Dowling, and Paul Orr.

Pictured (L to R): Marylee Orr, Michael Orr, Cara Leverett, Dean Wilson, Meredith Dowling, and Paul Orr.

Plaquemine, February 23rd, 2014—The Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and SouthWings earned honors for their work protecting Louisiana’s wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin during Atchafalaya Basinkeeper’s annual meeting on Sunday.

The Tulane Environmental Law Clinic received the second-ever Super Swamper Award from Atchafalaya Basinkeeper (ABK), Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), and the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West (LCPA-West) engraved with the following: “Super Swamper Award. To the attorneys and students of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic with tremendous gratitude for putting up a herculean fight to save what is left of Louisiana’s wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin. You are Super Swampers and you are our heroes.”  The Clinic has provided years of pro-bono legal assistance, helping to protect the environmental health of the Atchafalaya Basin.   The Tulane Environmental Law Clinic has represented (and continues to represent) ABK, LCPA-West, and LEAN, making a huge difference to the health of Louisiana’s wetlands and its people.  Adam Babich and Geri Davis of Tulane were at the meeting to receive the award.  The Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West, LEAN, and Atchafalaya Basinkeeper regularly collaborate to stop illegal wetland development and to protect the public’s right to use navigable waters of the U.S.

The following was etched on Southwings’ Atchafalaya Angel Award: “With eternal gratitude to SouthWings and all the volunteer pilots that are flying to protect Louisiana’s wetlands, the Mississippi River and the Atchafalaya Basin. You are our heroes and you are God’s Angels.”  Atchafalaya Basinkeeper and Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper (LMRK) presented the award to SouthWings and its volunteer pilots who have provided hundreds of monitoring flights, free-of-charge, to LMRK and ABK.  These flights play a critical role in the strategy that ABK and LMRK employ to protect Louisiana’s wetlands, the Mississippi River, and the Atchafalaya Basin.  Meredith Dowling attended the meeting on behalf of SouthWings.

Fifty-five people attended the annual meeting on Sunday.  Participants included St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier, the Mayor of Henderson, LA Sherbin Colette, LCPA-West Board president Mike Bienvenu and other board members, author-photographer and ABK board member Greg Guirard, and Sissy Irwin representing Iberville Parish President Mitchell Ourso.  A number of Atchafalaya fishing families were in attendance from the east and west sides of the Basin.

Atchafalaya Basinkeeper is a member organization of the Waterkeeper Alliance.  Since its creation in 2004, the organization has worked to stop unsustainable cypress logging for mulch in coastal Louisiana, has prevented new canals from being dredged in the Atchafalaya Basin, and has blocked damaging projects by agencies as well as countless instances of illegal wetland destruction.

See the article in the Post South here.


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