CRCL and Abita Beer are looking for hundreds of volunteers to participate in the Save Our Shore: Volunteer for the Coast restoration event on October 10-11. Volunteers are needed to help plant 50,000 plugs of marsh grass to help restore 50 acres of marsh near Port Sulphur, LA. Following the event, are invited to attend our Volunteer Appreciation Party – there will be live music, games, food, and beverages compliments of Abita. For more information or to register, click HERE.
2014 commemorates the 26th annual National Estuaries Day and the second annual National Estuaries Week: September 20-27, 2014. Over a quarter century after the first National Estuaries Day in 1988, we understand that estuarine ecosystems serve as natural barriers to buffer against storms and floods, absorb and store carbon, and provide critical habitat for commercial and recreational fisheries. The need to protect and restore these critical places has never been more pressing. Click here for information on volunteering events and CRCL's first photo contest
In response to today’s ruling in the BP Deepwater Horizon trial Kimberly Reyher, Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana stated, “Action to restore what was damaged in Louisiana is long overdue and we hope today’s verdict gets us moving forward. BP has constantly pledged to make it right and today a court of law made it clear what that’s going to take.”
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier today ruled that BP was grossly negligent in actions that lead to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 men and spilled oil off the coast of Louisiana for nearly 3 months. Barbier apportioned fault at 67 percent for BP, 30 percent for Transocean and 3 percent for Halliburton writing that “BP’s conduct was reckless.” Click here for full press release.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) kicked off the state’s first formal oyster shell recycling program by collecting over 19,000 pounds of shell from New Orleans area restaurants over the weekend. CRCL hosted a launch event to celebrate the kick-off of this program on June 24 at the Bourbon House Seafood Restaurant.
The goal of the CRCL Oyster Shell Recycling Program is to recycle used oyster shell from participating New Orleans restaurants and use that shell to restore oyster reefs and shoreline habitat across coastal Louisiana. The CRCL Oyster Shell Recycling Program is made possible by a $1 million philanthropic gift from Shell.
Next time you are in New Orleans and craving oysters, order a dozen from these restaurants and help support oyster reef restoration: Acme Oyster House (New Orleans and Metairie locations), The Bourbon House, Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Redfish Grill, Lüke, and Peche Seafood Grill.
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.