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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is to drive bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration and advocacy.
Louisiana is losing coastal wetlands at an incredibly fast rate. To combat significant coastal land loss, the state of Louisiana created a Coastal Master Plan for restoration and flood protection in 2007, with updates every five years. The current edition of the Master Plan consists of 109 different restoration projects across the Louisiana coast including sediment diversions, hydrologic restoration, barrier island restoration, marsh creation, ridge restoration, bank stabilization, shoreline protection, and oyster reef creation.
Launched in June 2014, CRCL's Oyster Recycling Program recycles shell from twenty-five participating New Orleans-based restaurants and uses the shell to restore oyster reefs and shoreline habitat across Coastal Louisiana. The first program of its kind in Louisiana has become the largest shell recycling program in the nation. As of December 2015, the program has collected more than 1535 tons of shell.
This year’s State of the Coast (SOC16) conference was a tremendous success with more than 1,000 coastal professionals, scientists, decision makers, sponsors and exhibitors attending. For the first time, the conference was opened by a sitting Louisisna Governor. Governor John Bel Edwards spoke of the importance of coastal restoration to the state and the nation. Watch his speech and other passionate and informative SOC16 speakers by clicking below.