Restoring and protecting the natural treasure of Louisiana’s coast is a duty embraced by many people with diverse backgrounds. They are volunteers, students, researchers, sportsmen, governmental and business leaders, and sometimes simply coastal residents who care enough about the future of our state to take action.
Every year the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is proud to honor these individuals and organizations demonstrating extraordinary commitment with a 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. Two special awards will be given in 2022 -- one for stewardship during and after Hurricane Ida and one for stewardship during and after Hurricane Laura.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that advocates for coastal restoration and undertakes restoration projects. We are not a disaster relief group. So while our mission is also urgent and we need your help, too, so that we can restore and protect coastal wetlands, we ask that you consider ways to provide immediate relief and assistance to the people of Louisiana and others affected by Hurricane Ida. There are many ways to contribute.
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