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April 17th, 2024

Episode 73 / The Butterfly Story of Oyster Reefs Hosting Jeff DeQuattro

  1. Episode 73 / The Butterfly Story of Oyster Reefs Hosting Jeff DeQuattro Tali Orad 39:14

This butterfly is excited to speak with Jeff DeQuattro, Director of Restoration, Gulf of Mexico.

“I love the Gulf of Mexico, from alligators in the wetlands and sunsets over the marshes to its salty air and the sight of blue crabs scampering over tidal oyster reefs. I love this place.” 

TNC hired Jeff to manage a $3 million Recovery Act project to restore 1.5 miles of oyster reef in Mobile Bay, Alabama. Soon thereafter, he found himself leading TNC’s oil spill recovery efforts along Alabama’s coast. His role at TNC was then expanded to encompass other conservation and restoration activities along Alabama’s coast.

Before TNC, Jeff worked as an environmental consultant and stormwater professional for large industrial clients and developers throughout Alabama. He has also worked as a hazardous and non-hazardous waste broker, which included cleaning contaminated sites and oil spills.

Jeff, who earned a degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, says life on the Gulf has a “priceless quality that is unmatched in bounty and possibility. It’s not appreciated for the natural resources that sustain the livelihoods of not only Gulf Coast residents but much of the entire country as well. Who would have thought that it would take the largest environmental disaster in the United States; history for the Gulf to be recognized for its contributions? But hopefully, this disaster made us realize that by working together with a sustainable frame of mind, we can achieve a more resilient and more bountiful Gulf of Mexico that will continue to support the quality of life that is our home.”

In this episode, you will hear about his work at the Gulf of Mexico, oil spills, the value of oyster reefs, community involvement, youth, and more.

Some notes…

More about 1treellion & Jeff DeQuattro.

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The great music is credited to Pixabay.

Tali Orad Founder of 1treellion - Engineer - TEDx speaker - Serial entrepreneur - host of The Butterfly Effect Podcast

Tali Orad is an engineer, TEDx speaker, and serial entrepreneur. She is the founder of 1treellion.org an NGO with the mission to collectively make a meaningful global impact by bringing communities together to plant trees and help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Tali’s first NGO came about after she saved the life of a dying baby, resulting in her founding an NGO to raise awareness of CPR education.
She is a Thrive guest contributor, the host of The Butterfly Effect podcast, and a frequent speaker.

Tali believes in the power of people to make a change and hopes with the help of the people she can help our planet.

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