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.

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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. 

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Oyster Shell Recycling - Now Largest in the Nation!


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.

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State of the Coast 2016 Features Governor, Mayor

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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.

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19 Top Priorities for Restoring the Louisiana Coast



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.

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A View of Restoration from the Barataria Basin

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.

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