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CRCL seeking nominations for 28th annual Coastal Stewardship Awards  

December 2023


Event recognizing winners is planned for May 9 in Baton Rouge    

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has announced its 28th annual Coastal Stewardship Awards and is seeking nominations. CRCL is also seeking sponsors for the 2024 awards celebration, which will take place May 9 at the restaurant SoLou in Baton Rouge.  

The Coastal Stewardship Awards have been presented annually since the mid-1990s by CRCL, the first statewide nonprofit dedicated to coastal restoration in Louisiana. The organization’s mission is to unite people in action to achieve a thriving, sustainable Louisiana coast for all.  

The awards are among the most prestigious honors for people working to protect and restore Louisiana’s coast. They are intended to recognize the students, volunteers, scientists, outdoors enthusiasts, organizations, government and business leaders and others whose leadership has been exemplary. Winners of awards in 2023 included Gov. John Bel Edwards, Reggie Dupre, Donald and Theresa Dardar and Dickie Brennan. Ralph Libersat, Matt Sevier and Chuck Perrodin were honored posthumously. The 2023 awards event was held during the State of the Coast conference in New Orleans.  

 “We are excited to celebrate the efforts of those working to ensure we can safely live, work and play in coastal Louisiana into the future,” said Kim Reyher, CRCL’s executive director. “This is our chance to recognize those people and organizations and to celebrate their success.”  

Anyone can be nominated for a CRCL Coastal Stewardship Award. Nominations can be made online and must include supplementary materials such as letters of support and news articles, photos, project reports or other information. The nomination deadline is Feb. 16.  

CRCL staff members select winners in the Friend of CRCL, Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year categories.  

The winners will be presented hand-carved wooden trophies. The awards event at SoLou on May 9 will include Louisiana seafood and other cuisines, beer, wine, live music, a silent auction and more. It is open to the public. Admission is $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased online.  

A list of previous Stewardship Award winners can be found on CRCL’s website.  



The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to unite people in action to achieve a thriving, sustainable Louisiana coast for all.