State of the Coast, the premier conference on coastal restoration in Louisiana, returns today in a virtual format after a delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The event, which will bring together about 1,000 scientists, industry leaders, public officials, students, community members and others, will continue through Friday.
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.
Hey New Orleans! Recycle your oysters here!
If you are in the New Orleans area and love oysters, we have great news for you: We now have a permanent site for residents to drop off shells for recycling. They can be brought to Glass Half Full at 3936 Louisa Street from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We are also pleased to report that Glass Half Full has told us that shell drop-off was brisk on Saturday, the day after Shell-A-Bration.
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