The fifth biennial State of the Coast Conference, a partnership of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and The Water Institute of the Gulf, was a huge success. From May 30 to June 1, more than 1,200 people gathered to share information and ideas about the dynamic conditions of Louisiana’s coastal communities, environment, and economy.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell and U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy joined the event to highlight the importance of Louisiana’s coastal issues. Read More
Giving Back is Delicious: Oyster Shell Recycling Program's Restaurant Guide is Now Available
CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling program collects Shells from our 17 partner restaurants throughout the New Orleans area. To celebrate their efforts and continuing commitment to coastal Louisiana, we have created a restaurant guide, which is on display at tourist centers throughout Louisiana and New Orleans. It highlights our partners to visitors and locals alike, while also shining a light on the impact our partners have on our coastal crisis.
Using the recycled shells, we built our first oyster reef in the Biloxi Marsh. In fact, that reef has already begun to show signs of life in the form of baby oysters. Plans for a second reef located in Barataria bay are underway. Read More
“The 300” Wraps up with a Visit to SOC18
CRCL’s new educational program is dubbed the “The 300” partly as a nod to 300th Anniversary of New Orleans, which is becoming more and more a coastal city, and to signify that we are working to inspire Louisiana’s next generation of coastal warriors.
“The 300” gave students unprecedented access to the active coastal restoration sites and the coastal practitioners working to protect and restore our coast. Students and teachers kicked off the program with presentations at The Water Institute of the Gulf and a tour of the LSU Center for River Studies’ Lower Mississippi River Physical Model. Read More
EPA Awards Over $285,000 to CRCL to Help Restore Louisiana Coastal Habitat
CRCL was recently awarded $285,000 in EPA grants to help restore swamp forest habitat in the Central Wetlands Unit in the Lower Ninth Ward and along Lake Maurepas near New Orleans.
The areas where tree plantings will occur have experienced severe challenges since the 1930s when the cypress forests of the Maurepas land bridge were overlogged. Construction of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) severely degraded the hydrology of the Central Wetlands Unit, an area historically composed of bottomland hardwood forest and cypress-tupelo swamps. Closing of the MRGO in 2009 restored historic salinity levels in these areas, making them ripe for restoration. Read More
Shell-A-Brating Good Times
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana celebrated our Oyster Shell Recycling Program and all of the spectacular restaurant partners that make it a success!
Our two-week Shell-A-Bration kicked off February 20th, and featured our restaurant partners at special restaurant event happy hours, bar crawls, brunches, and dinners.
Attendees collected commemorative oyster doubloons at each event, which they used to win raffle prizes at our Shell-A-Bration Finale held at the Urban South Brewery on March 8th. Read More
Coastal Forests Restored: Volunteers Plant 10,000th Tree
During the last two years, we have planted a lot of trees.
10,000 to be exact.
CRCL wrapped up our habitat restoration initiative “10,000 Trees for Louisiana” in February. Throughout this two-year project, we have engaged more than 500 volunteers that have contributed more than 4,300 volunteer hours across 31 volunteer days helping to restore vital wetlands. Read More