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Gulf Restoration Groups Ready to Put Billions to Work to Bring Back Gulf

(New Orleans, LA – July 2, 2015) National and local organizations working on Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River Delta restoration – Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Ocean Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation – released the following statement in response to today’s announcement of an agreement in principle between the Gulf states, federal government and BP for its role in the largest U.S. offshore oil disaster in history. Although the settlement will not be finalized for several weeks, the agreement will dedicate billions of dollars to restore damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Click here to read the full press release.

CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program Officially the Largest in the Nation

(Baton Rouge, LA –June 9, 2015) 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.

Coastal Louisiana Is Washing Away

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 losstranslated, 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.