CRCL will honor eight individuals and organizations who have shown extraordinary commitment to coastal Louisiana at its 2014 Stewardship Awards Banquet, to be held May 9, 2014 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
Created in 1995, our Coastal Stewardship Awards Program recognizes individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. It is the highest award CRCL can give to honor those who show an extraordinary commitment to our coast.
The awards banquet on Friday, May 9, 2014 will be a special night to celebrate the many rewards our coast provides to us, as well as those who go to great lengths to protect and restore our wetlands for the future. Click here for more information.
In the past 75 years, more than 2,300 square miles of coastal Louisiana have been converted to open water by natural processes and human activity. Roughly translated, this is an area of wetlands equivalent to the state of Delaware that has simply disappeared.
Human alteration of this landscape has accelerated much of Louisiana’s coastal land-loss. Levees built to facilitate and maintain navigation and flood protection along the Mississippi River have choked off the rich sediment that once built and replenished wetlands. Additionally, thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines and canals that provide essential energy to the nation slice through Louisiana’s wetlands, hastening the erosion of this sediment starved landscape.
Despite these obstacles, it is still possible to restore Louisiana’s coastal landscape to a sustainable and productive state. But we must act now. Without immediate and decisive action, Louisiana will continue to lose land at an alarming rate, potentially losing an additional 1,000 square miles of land by the year 2050.
The loss of coastal Louisiana is perhaps the largest preventable environmental crisis in America and CRCL is committed to restoring and protecting a sustainable, vibrant and productive coastal Louisiana. Click here to see more about CRCL.