We have a new partnership, this one with a “mermaid thriller conservation film” called “Erzulie.” The filmmakers will be donating 100% of the proceeds from their red-carpet opening night in New Orleans to CRCL. It will be at the Broad Theater on May 14, and we hope to have some staff in attendance. According to the director: “In the film, there is a villain who has partnered up with a fictitious chemical company (Lavaris) that is paying to have their chemicals dumped into the river. The mermaid goddess, Erzulie, lives in this river. She starts to go crazy toward the end of the movie, and the audience makes the connection that she is usually a benevolent goddess but something in the river is driving her mad.” The film’s sizzle reel is here.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana will present a dozen awards this May at its 26th annual Coastal Stewardship Awards event in Baton Rouge, including special distinctions for R. King Milling and Morgan Crutcher, as well as awards recognizing people and organizations for their extraordinary work in the aftermath of Hurricanes Ida and Laura. Another award recipient is Charles Sutcliffe, who has led development of Louisiana’s groundbreaking Climate Action Plan. These champions of our coast will be recognized at an in-person event May 12 at the LSU Botanic Gardens.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana was the first coastal advocacy organization in Louisiana, and each year, on behalf of our 20,000 members and supporters, we release a legislative platform to our state lawmakers. In conjunction with the opening of the 2021 legislative session, CRCL Policy Director Emily Vuxton has released the following statement:
“This platform represents the views of our thousands of members who represent diverse backgrounds and points of view.
We lose a football field of land in coastal Louisiana every 100 minutes. We have some of the highest rates of coastal land loss in the world. However, today you can support the best chance we have at preserving and restoring the coast by submitting comments in support of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.
The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion will help restore the Barataria Basin, which was ground zero for the devastation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Coastal Restoration Toolkit was developed by Restore America’s Estuaries to provide high‐level, introductory educational information for community members on how to develop a coastal restoration project from concept to proposal. Divided into five topic areas (Flooding, Coastal Erosion, Water Quality, Invasive Species, and Wildlife Habitats), the Toolkit includes project examples, tools and resources, contacts, funding sources, and permitting information
Our Best Shot to Turn the Tide on Coastal Land Loss
Louisiana’s Barataria Basin has experienced some of the highest rates of land loss on the planet: Between 1932 to 2016, the region lost nearly 295,000 acres of land, displacing communities, threatening critical infrastructure and jobs, and decimating formerly diverse and abundant wildlife habitat.
The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED), National Audubon Society, and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) are proud to release a virtual tour highlighting the significance of a healthy coast as part of a healthy community. Told through local voices, the tour examines key areas and infrastructure surrounding the Lower 9th Ward community that have a direct role in providing protection from damaging winds and water driven by tropical storms and hurricanes.
The state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan consists of 120 different restoration projects across the Louisiana coast. All projects are valuable to decreasing land loss, but certain projects can have broader impacts. CRCL highlights several key restoration projects that are critical to slowing this land loss.
"The Louisiana coast is our future. We can’t keep losing so much each year. We have to stand up and do something about it."
—Devin Ferguson, Age 18, West Feliciana High School