Voices of the Gulf
Nicole Waguespack: Restoration is Good Business
Company creates products that protect shorelines, create new marsh and restore wetlands.
Business and community leaders in the Gulf clearly recognize the important link between a healthy environment and a thriving, resilient economy. Here is one example of a leader working to make a difference in the Gulf.
Nicole Waguespack is the President of Martin Ecosystems, a Louisiana-based, family-owned company that manufactures BioHaven® Floating Technology and Vegetated EcoMatrix Systems, innovative and patented products used to protect shorelines, create new marsh and restore wetland habitats. In June 2013, Martin Ecosystems was recognized with by the Environmental Protection Agency with a Gulf Guardian Award for the Elayn Hunt Correctional Waste Water Project.
"My paternal grandparents lived in Leeville, Louisiana, a small coastal community in Southeast Louisiana that is literally washing away. They also had a marina on Grand Isle for many years, so naturally I spent many days in the Leeville marshes fishing, crabbing and trawling. I also spent many days playing on the beaches of Grand Isle and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. These experiences led my family to where we are today - trying to protect the place that we love. In 2008, Martin Ecosystems was founded by my family because we believe that the products we manufacture could play a role in helping to improve the coastal restoration and protection challenges affecting Louisiana and it’s coastal towns like Leeville."
"The future of the Gulf of Mexico is bright. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to restore what has been damaged and protect what remains. I'm hopeful that the Gulf Coast states will work to collectively improve our communities and ecosystems. We also have a tremendous opportunity to build markets and jobs around the restoration and protection work that remains to be done, and to be a world leader in restoration and protection innovation."