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CRCL Views Diversions Through the Eyes of Shrimpers

Storms, hurricanes and even high tides prove that Louisiana’s land loss crisis is having real and detrimental effects on our coast.

Our coastal wetlands provide our cities and people a critical line of defense against storms. We continue to lose these wetlands at a rate of a football field of land every 100 minutes, but we’re on the edge of action to protect ourselves. We are embarking upon what is expected to be the largest environmental restoration project in our nation’s history. The state is working to break ground on the first major project to re-connect the Mississippi River to our starving wetlands, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, by 2020. The importance of this project cannot be overstated. Sediment diversions are the cornerstone approach of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan. We need to start building without delay. 

As our state prepares for this vital project, we realized we needed to ask the question, “What will sediment diversions mean for the shrimp fishery?” To answer the question, we embarked on an ambitious project of facilitated community-based engagement with shrimpers of varying socioeconomic backgrounds to better understand their concerns.   Read More

IT’S ALIVE – Recycled Oysters Find New Home

Oysters are a staple along the Louisiana coast, but thousands of tons of discarded shells end up in landfills each year.


Some of those shells have found a new home.

In 2014, CRCL launched its Oyster Shell Recycling program. CRCL partnered with restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area to collect their discarded shells in special bins instead of throwing them away.   Read More

Fall is Tree Planting Season—We Need YOU!

CRCL’s Habitat Restoration Program is coming off a huge, productive year helping restore Louisiana’s coast.

During our last fiscal year, July 2016 to June 2017, we held 42 volunteer days and had 549 volunteers who contributed 4,500+ hours of service to help restore our coast. Our volunteers planted 86,600 plugs of marsh and dune grass, 5,000 trees, enhanced 56 acres of critical wetlands and restored 3.5 miles of beach dunes.  Read More

Coffee for the Coast

Community Coffee continued its commitment to CRCL and our coast this summer with the release of its Amber Sunrise Blend and coupon promotion.

Throughout the summer, when customers redeemed a promotion-specific coupon with the purchase of Amber Sunrise blend, CRCL and America’s Wetland Foundation each received a donation. In all 10,000 people in six states redeemed the coupon and on September 21, 2017, Community Coffee presented us with a check for $5,000.  Read More

NOLA Runoff Mayor Candidates to Debate Water, Flooding and Coastal Issues

The threat of hurricanes, tropical storms and even afternoon rains have highlighted New Orleans’ infrastructural vulnerabilities in dealing with storm water and environmental changes. These recent events have pushed flooding, coastal protection and restoration and the environment to the forefront as some of the most pressing issues facing Orleans Parish. These issues will surely test our next mayor. To ensure that the person who takes over at City Hall is well-prepared on these issues the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Urban Conservancy are partnering the Greater New Orleans Foundation to host a debate with the two candidates for Mayor of New Orleans that advance from the October 14 general election into the runoff.  Read More

GNOF Supports CRCL through New Grant Award

We are pleased to announce that the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) has awarded CRCL a $25,000 grant to help us further our mission of driving bold science-based action to rebuild our coast through outreach, restoration and advocacy.

According to CRCL Executive Director, Kimberly Reyher, the grant will be used to enhance CRCL’s ability to communicate the importance of coastal protection and restoration with an emphasis on the fact that New Orleans is very much a coastal city. Read More

World-Renowned Artist Alex Beard and CRCL "Ink" Continued Partnership

Our good friend and world-renowned artist, Alex Beard, is hard at work on his second original work of art for CRCL. This is the compliment to the piece he did for us last year titled “Louisiana Swamp Gator.” This new painting will be on display at Alex’s new gallery located at 3926 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 until Dec. 2nd when it will be auctioned off to benefit CRCL and Alex’s foundation, The Watering Hole. CRCL then has exclusive rights to make signed and number prints to be used for auction items, major donors and other purposes. This one has an oyster theme, which fits in beautifully with our continued push for living shorelines using our recycled oyster shell. 

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