Supporting the Good, Standing Against the Bad - CRCL Continues Advocacy Efforts

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.

“CRCL supports science-based decision-making. Simply put, this project is not based in science,” said CRCL Policy Director Emily Vuxton. “It is a development project masquerading as a flood control project. It will benefit a small group of developers while hurting countless people and ecosystems downstream.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Congressman Garrett Graves (R-LA) released the Domestic Offshore Energy Reinvestment Act of 2018 on September 13. The bill would change the percentage of money directed to Gulf states, including Louisiana, from the GOMESA Act of 2006, and it would remove the cap that currently exists on revenue.

These changes would result in more money being directed to Louisiana to use on critically needed storm protection and environmental restoration projects.

“Rep. Graves’ proposed bill will keep more of the oil and gas revenues where they are critically needed – in Louisiana. This bill will help us plan, design and, ultimately, construct the projects that are vital to our survival,” said Vuxton. “We urge Congress to pass the Domestic Offshore Energy Reinvestment Act of 2018 as quickly as possible. The people of Louisiana depend on it.”

A critical part of our mission is advocacy. As indicative of these two projects, we will support and advocate for the good, but we are not afraid to oppose and challenge the bad.

Our multifaceted, comprehensive and coast-wide approach to restoration is vital to ensuring that Louisiana continues to make progress toward fully implementing the state’s Coastal Master Plan. Bold, science-based restoration is the key to the future of our precious coast.

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