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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jhy LeBlanc walks on a barge past oyster reef blocks that are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Tyler Ortego of ORA Engineering LLC, whose company is involved in the engineering of oyster breaks. talks to Jennifer Browning, philanthropy operations manager for the Nature Conservancy on a barge where oyster reef blocks are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Seth Blitch, Director Of Coastal And Marine Conservation The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, talks to Jennifer Browning, philanthropy operations manager for the Nature Conservancy, on a barge where oyster reef blocks are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Seth Blitch, Director Of Coastal And Marine Conservation The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, talks to Jennifer Browning, philanthropy operations manager for the Nature Conservancy, on a barge where oyster reef blocks are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. Jhy Leblanc, left, and Ben LeBlanc discuss the placement of the breaks.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Austin Mendoza and discuss the placement of the outer breaks on a barge where oyster reef blocks are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Edwin Martinez, left, Clint Victorian, and Randy Leleux, in excavator, prepare and oyster reef block for placement in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Oyster reef blocks on barges are seen ready for placement in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Oyster reef blocks on barges are seen ready for placement in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Lake Athanasio, St. Bernard

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jhy LeBlanc walks on a barge past oyster reef blocks that are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Seth Blitch, Director Of Coastal And Marine Conservation of The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, talks to Jennifer Browning, philanthropy operations manager for the Nature Conservancy, on a barge where oyster reef blocks are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Seth Blitch, Director Of Coastal And Marine Conservation of The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, talks to Jennifer Browning, philanthropy operations manager for the Nature Conservancy, on a barge where oyster reef blocks are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. Jhy Leblanc, left, and Ben LeBlanc discuss the placement of the breaks.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Austin Mendoza and discuss the placement of the outer breaks on a barge where oyster reef blocks are being placed in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Edwin Martinez, left, Clint Victorian, and Randy Leleux, in excavator, prepare and oyster reef block for placement in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Austin Medoza, Jhy LeBlanc, and Randy Leleux, in excavator, prepare and oyster reef block for placement in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Oyster reef blocks on barges are seen ready for placement in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Oyster reef blocks on barges are seen ready for placement in Lake Athanasio in St. Bernard Parish, La. Friday, May 30, 2014. J.The project to reintroduce oysters in coastal wetlands is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Chevron, Americas Wetlands and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.