When CRCL was founded, in 1988, support for coastal restoration was nowhere near the levels that we see today. Our advocacy efforts started then, but as we inch closer to the first significant sediment diversion, CRCL isn’t slowing down.
Two recent initiatives caught our attention for entirely different reasons. The first was the “One Lake” project, which would dredge 10 miles of the Pearl River and build a dam to create a 1900-acre lake near Jackson, Mississippi.
We’ve blasted this plan, because of the effects it would have downstream in Louisiana. If implemented, the project will destroy wetlands, wildlife habitat, and oysters. Read More
Inform Your Vote - CRCL to Host Coastal Issues Forum
There is widespread, bipartisan support for action to address Louisiana's coastal land loss crisis, according to a new poll released by BDPC, LLC + Pinsonat and Restore the Mississippi River Delta in September.
79 percent of coastal voters said they support sediment diversions which would build and maintain thousands of acres of land over time. Only five percent of those voters oppose. An overwhelming 97 percent of Louisiana coastal voters say that the state should still work to maintain as much coastal land as possible even if the coast cannot be restored to its previous footprint. Read More
New Poll Shows Louisianans’ Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Coastal Restoration
As the Louisiana summer heat fades into fall, CRCL’s Habitat Restoration team is preparing for the start of its 19th planting season.
The program helps restore and enhance crucial areas of our coast while educating volunteers from all around the Pelican State.
Since HRP was founded, in 2000, we’ve planted more than 3.3 million native plants throughout Louisiana’s coast and engaged over 14,000 volunteers.
“Volunteers come out and not only learn about our coast, but they also get the chance to be a part of the solution,” said Habitat Restoration Coordinator Kacie Wright. “Some people think ‘how can I make a difference?’ and by being a CRCL volunteer, you make real, tangible impacts that protect our coast.” Read More
Fall is Planting Season
CRCL’s monitoring team has been hard at work this summer monitoring the success of our Biloxi marsh recycled oyster shell reef! The project goal was to create a living shoreline that develops into a living oyster reef and provides protection to the surrounding marsh.
From the data we’ve captured, it is clear that the reef has attracted at least two distinct “spat sets” – groups of larval oysters that have settled on the structure and begun to grow into adults. The reef contains young oysters (under 1 inch) to sack size (over 3 inches). This range shows the reef’s ability to provide a perfect place for new oyster settlement and sufficient habitat that allows the smaller oysters to survive and grow into healthy adults. Settlement and survival are crucial to the long-term sustainability of the reef. Read More
Our First Oysters Reef is Becoming a Living Shoreline Before Our Eyes
There’s been a lot of talk about the effects the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. This project is a cornerstone of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and will build and maintain 30,000 acres over 50 years by reconnecting the Mississippi River to its wetlands.
Despite the scientific evidence and research, there are claims that the proposed sediment diversion should not be built. Some critics cite “scientific” studies that they say back-up their positions. But If you analyze these claims, you find that the facts don’t add up.
Dr. Alisha Renfro, a scientist with Restore the Mississippi Delta, refutes concerns and explains point-by-point the real facts about sediment diversions and why they are crucial to rebuilding coastal Louisiana. Read More
Myths Busted - Mid-Barataria Will Help, Not Hurt, Coastal Louisiana
It’s finally here — CRCL's Fish for Data smartphone app. Fish for Data makes you a fisherman scientist by helping us gathers baseline data for fisheries along coastal Louisiana.
We often hear from anglers about how the amount of fish caught, and the locations of their catches are changing. This app allows us to identify and quantify those variations to get a better understanding of how our fisheries are changing as our coast is shifting.
It’s as simple as Cast, Capture, Collect! Go on your usual fishing trips; catch fish and take note of the species, size, amount, and effort required; then, upload the pictures and enter the details of your catch into the Fish for Data app. Read More