Noah’s Ark protected people from the great flood and saved animals from extinction, so is the Atchafalaya Basin. The Basin protects millions of people from Mississippi River floods, from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, from Lafayette to Morgan City and hundreds of other cities and communities. As sea levels rise and our coastal wetlands disappear, the Atchafalaya Basin will be the last refuge for millions of migratory birds that depend on our wetlands. A true Ark for generations to come.
The flood is coming if we do nothing. Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, with your help, is protecting the Ark. Not the wooden Ark as a boat. Our Ark is the Atchafalaya Basin. Guirards Ark’s campaign aims to create a united front by bringing awareness to our communities about the biggest threat to flooding of the areas surrounding the Basin and beyond. Sediment is the number one threat to the Basin and if not controlled, will eventually fill the Basin, taking away the ability to hold flood waters that protect millions of people.
Atchafalaya Basinkeeper is working hard to protect and preserve the Basin for future generations. In preserving the Basin, we recognize the effects that the destruction of the Basin will produce for the surrounding communities. Some of the destruction, the Atchafalaya Basin has already incurred is irreversible. The good news is that we can protect and preserve what is left now for the future and restore much of what is left!
Author and photographer Greg Guirard, a native of the Atchafalaya Basin, dedicated his life to the Basin. His love for the people and the Basin showed in all that he did. Not only was he a Board member of Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, he donated his time, heart and resources towards the preservation of the great Atchafalaya Basin. It is with Honor, gratitude and respect that we dedicate this campaign in memorandum. Greg will always live in our hearts.