St. Joseph’s Academy junior Isabel Grandy has received the 2017 Youth Coastal Stewardship Award from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL).
This year marks the twenty-second year for CRCL’s Coastal Stewardship Awards, which honor individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the coast and have made significant contributions to the restoration and conservation of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
Grandy was among nine coastal champions recognized at the Annual Stewardship Awards Banquet on April 7 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
“It was quite intimidating winning this award because my dad also won an award from CRCL many years ago,” Grandy said. “It was incredible because I was in a room with people who had dedicated their lives to saving the coast, yet I was the one being honored.”
Grandy was recognized for her Science Fair research project, which is dedicated to finding an alternate method of preventing coastal erosion and marsh subsidence. Under the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Beth Middleton at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and over the course of nine months, she studied the effects of dredge spoil on sapling trees.
“My admiration for the coast comes from my dad, who is an environmental scientist,” Grandy said. “He works on plans for rebuilding coastlines in Louisiana with an environmental engineering company.”
Grandy said she plans to pursue a career in the medical field, “but the experiences that I gained from this project will stay with me forever. I have learned things that are only gained through working in a real lab setting.”
The CRCL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization driving bold, science-based action to restore Coastal Louisiana though outreach, restoration and advocacy. CRCL was founded in 1988 and is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive coastal restoration organization.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Linda Messina
Date posted: April 13, 2017