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Tyler Ortego: Restoration is Good Business

Firm focuses on restoring and maintaining estuaries.

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.

Tyler Ortego is the Principal Engineer of ORA Estuaries, a firm that provides engineering, scientific and regulatory consulting services and works to build and maintain the ecological infrastructure that allows estuaries to remain abundant and productive in conjunction with ever increasing human presence. ORA Estuaries combines practical project implementation experience with scientific discipline and aquacultural systems expertise to deliver a unique value proposition to clients.

"I am optimistic about the future of the Gulf, but I don’t expect it to be easy. Restoration of this ecosystem will not happen without considerable effort and funding. Here in Louisiana, we are facing not only ecological loss but also massive land loss—which makes projects such as the construction of oyster reefs critical for our future."

Although BP penalty funds will be a good start for restoration, it will not be a silver bullet that solves all of our problems. Long term restoration will require perseverance and collaboration, as well as sustained funding. We must also achieve a balance between the health of the environment and human uses of natural resources."

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