In front of an audience that topped 500 at Nicholls State University, all four candidates for governor laid out their plans for coastal restoration. The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Coastal Issues Forum was the first ever governor’s forum dedicated strictly to discussing coastal issues. It highlighted the fact that Louisiana is facing a land loss crisis that will require bold, science-based action by our next governor. Click here for more information.FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and CITGO are excited to announce our dune restoration event on the Cameron coast on Saturday, September 26th. The volunteer event commemorates the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Rita as part of the CITGO Caring for our Coast Program, during National Estuaries Week. We will be planting a 6 mile stretch of Cameron shoreline with 60,000 plugs of dune grass and repairing 2 miles of sand fence. The goal of this project is to increase soil retention along the beach, promote dune growth, provide critical habitat for nesting birds, and enhance protection to highway 82 and the coastal communities of Cameron parish. Please read all of the project details to prepare yourself for a wonderful day volunteering for Our Coast, Our Future!
In one of the lowest elevations of land in Louisiana, a mountain is beginning to emerge. It’s not marsh that has suddenly been thrust toward the sky, but rather a mountain of oyster shells that have been collected by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s (CRCL) Oyster Shell Recycling Program. As we mark the one year anniversary of the program, CRCL is proud to announce that its Oyster Shell Recycling Program is officially the largest in the nation. Click here for the full press release.
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.