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.
Every year the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is proud to honor individuals and organizations who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the coast with a CRCL Coastal Stewardship Award. These awards are CRCL’s highest form of recognition for those who go above and beyond for our coast, and we need your help to discover worthy candidates for the honors.
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.
The State of the Coast Conference is the largest state-wide conference of its kind providing an interdisciplinary forum to exchange timely and relevant infformation of the dynamic conditions of Louisiana's coastal communities, environment and economy. CRCL, The Water Institute of the Gulf, and CPRA partner to produce this forum, the need for which grows every acre of land lost to the Gulf.
The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition (Coalition) has identified 19 priority projects in the Mississippi River Delta that, if underway in the next five years, can signal the beginning of an era of stewardship and healthy recovery for not just the delta, but for the entire Gulf Coast.
The 19 near-term, priority Louisiana projects will begin restoration of Louisiana’s ecosystem and best meet goals outlined in the RESTORE Act, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Initial Comprehensive Plan, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s requirements and the goals of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment. We concentrate here on the Louisiana coast, while acknowledging the need and appropriateness of projects in other Gulf states that benefit the region as a whole.
The state of Louisiana took two major steps toward restoring its coast and securing its future. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s (CRPA) Board met in Baton Rouge and accepted the recommendations of the CPRA staff to move forward on two sediment diversions—Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton. The Board, also decided against diverting funds from coastal restoration to elevate Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1).
Following today’s votes by the CPRA Board, Kimberly Davis Reyher, Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) released this statement:
Statement on Sediment Diversions
“Today is a bell weather day in our state’s history when we decided to harness the power of the Mississippi river to protect – rather than threaten – New Orleans and the rest of our state. Today, our leaders changed the course of public policy. The question is no longer whether we should divert the river to save and rebuild our dying wetlands, but how we should do it. “
Statement on LA 1
“We commend the CPRA today for its decision not to divert funding intended for coastal restoration and protection to an infrastructure project. The decision honors the underlying scientific rigor of the state master plan and demonstrates our state’s commitment to restoring our coast.”
What IS Coastal Restoration anyway? CRCL has produced a video to help explain it to you. A View of Restoration from the Barataria Basin, gives you a high level description of the issue, the impacts and causes of coastal land loss, and an in-depth view of all the different restoration projects occurring in the Barataria Basin. It’s informative and beautiful all at the same time. After watching A View of Restoration from the Barataria Basin, you will have a better sense of how coastal restoration projects all work together to help restore our coast.
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.
“The next Louisiana Governor has an unprecedented opportunity – and responsibility - to address the land loss crisis that threatens the very future of our state. Tonight we heard from all four candidates that they understand the importance of taking bold actions to save our coast,” said Kimberly Davis Reyher, CRCL’s Executive Director. “But to do that its going take unprecedented leadership, coordination, and political resolve.” Click here for more information.
The Louisiana coast is like few other places in the world in terms of its abundance and diversity of plants and animals: from cypress swamps to oyster reefs, alligators to speckled trout. Most of these species depend on healthy estuaries—ecosystems formed by connections between the fresh water of rivers and streams and salty water of oceans. This mixing provides a range of fresh and salt conditions needed to support a diversity of habitats, and constantly changes depending on rainfall, river height, wind, tides, and other factors.
The amount of salt mixed into water is known as salinity, and is measured in parts per thousand (ppt). The habitats of Louisiana’s estuaries exists along a constantly fluctuating range of salinities between 0 ppt near swamps and freshwater marshes, towards 10 ppt for brackish and intermediate habitats, up to 20 ppt for salt marsh, and beyond 30 ppt extending past the barrier islands and into the Gulf.