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Barataria Bay Mapping Project

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Publication on the Barataria Project:


Find all maps of the project here!

B: Barataria
N: no oil
L: low oil
M: medium oil
H: high oil

BN3, BN4, BN5, BL1 and here, BL2 and here, BL3, BL4, BM2, BM4, BM5, BH1, BH2, BH3 and here, BH4, BH5 and here, Pelican Point

Project overview

This page was used by the Barataria Project Participants to organize mapping trips, data sets and all other information related to this project. A description of the project can be found here.

Barataria Bay is growing rapidly, as the northern rim marshes lose land rapidly from accelerating erosional forces. BP's oiling was very heavy in these areas, which were and continue to be difficult to clean without destroying outright. BP's oiling is accelerating the erosional process in this area. This photographic effort and mapping allows us to show that in great detail to a mass audience, and hold BP accountable for its damages, despite its massive Public Relations campaign and close ties to the US government.

Eventually, the State of Louisiana plans to restore these "Rim" marshes (SMP 2012 A-2 page SE-23, project 002.MC.07, $216 million). Therefore, it is vitally important to record how the oil is affecting the erosion of these marshes, so that that project has the highest change of success.

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Contact information to get involved:
Scott Eustis:, Shannon Dosemagen: Becki Chall: Stevie

Past post on image stitching in wetlands:

First Trip: February 9th

Research Note:

mapknitter placeholders: Feb 9th 1: BL2 Feb 9th 2:
Feb 9th 3: BM2

Cartography Collective: Second set is not in the Cartography Collective document.

BL1 first set, dark:

BH4 second set, lack of focus

BM2 third set:


Second Trip: February 16th

Research Note: first site: Barataria channel --SPE

second and third sites, below

mapknitter placeholders:
Feb 16th 1: BCS SPE
Feb 16th 2: BN3 east
Feb 16th 3: BL1

Cartography Collective:
Second set is not in the Cartography Collective document.

BCS SPE first set, large:

BN3 east
BL1 third set:

Third Trip: February 27th

Research Note:
Becki, Scott, Jenna, Susan, Zach Mouton

FourthTrip: March 21st

Research Note:
Richie, Lindsay, Marie, Alexis, Scott

Flight: April 19th

Research Note:
Scott, Lance Ryberg via

FifthTrip: April 20th

Research Note:

Lessons learned:

Fly high, as high as you can fly, fly that high, and then higher.

If there is little-to-no wind, you can:

A) Be a kite cowboy-or-girl and send up a kite anyway and tell the boat captain to gun it, or

B) Use a gall-darn balloon.

We chose option A because we are kite cowboys-and-girls but you, the rational PublicLabber, should probably choose option B. Choose option B and then refer to #1 above.

Don't forget to put a tail wing on your camera rig. We forgot, but still got some great pictures.

Notes from the day - Sunday April 20, 2014:

Monitoring 4-yr effects of BP DwH oil spill on marsh in Barataria Bay with Public Lab

  • left Delta Marina in Empire, Louisiana at 9:45 AM
  • w/ Capt. Jody Donewar, Dan H, Andre, Jordan M, Alex S, and Matt P
  • crossing Bay Sanbois, Bay Batiste, Bay Jimmy
  • will document island @ W. boundary of Bay Jimmy
  • kite up: 11:00 AM
  • rig weight ~0.25 kg / 0.55 lb; kite lift ~0.615 kg 11:12 AM - images with land
              - transect started
  • captured "land" (hopefully) until ~11:35 AM
  • sites were BL3 and BH3
  • captured on 32 GB microSD card ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • Pass 2: sites BH1, BH2, BBM1
  • on A1 8 GB SD card -11:55 AM - kite up in air for pass 2

to be continued...

Patti Smith says: "Because the kite belongs to lovers."

Jordan, Dan NOLA, Alex S, Matt P, Andre Lyon

Sixth Trip: June 12th

Research Note:
Stevie, Dan B, Matt P, Scott