June 25, 2015
The small dredge has been idle since August 2013. We stopped dredging after filling Cell 3 and completing an acre so that the LSU graduate could conduct monitoring research unimpeded.
On June 25, 2015, I had an opportunity to go up in an Ultralight plane that was doing work around the Sanctuary and took some aerial photography of the dredge area. I knew the marsh vegetation was filling in rapidly and taking photos from the ground was becoming laughable – the grass is taller than I am! Aerial photography showed what I could not see past the grass at the walkway – it is quickly filling in and becoming solid marsh.
Figure 1 shows the original pond and the layout for containment. We filled cells 5, 4 and 3. Figures 1-3 are photographs of the same area taken on June 25, 2015 from different directions. Figure 4 is the graphical depiction showing fill elevations and new vegetation.
Karen A Westphal and Timmy J Vincent, National Audubon Society Audubon Louisiana and the Paul J Rainey Wildlife Refuge 6160 Perkins Road, Suite 215, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 225-768-0921x202 office, email@example.com