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Stewards of Creation

11.02.2017 | By the Rev. Dan Krutz, Executive Director, Louisiana Interchurch Conference

The Louisiana Interchurch Conference (LIC) was formed to serve in part as a collective voice of a significant portion of the Christian churches and faith communities in our state. In the 1980s the attention of the conference turned to the coast and the loss of land along the coastal parishes. The LIC joined its corporate voice with others in advocating for ways to restore the coast and to draw attention to the call of all Christians to be good stewards …

A Waterfront Stroll: New Orleans and the Mississippi River

10.04.2017 | By Nathan Lott, Director of the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

On a sunny morning, a crowd of 20 odd people gathered outside the Old U.S. Mint at the foot of Esplanade Avenue. Designed by William Strickland, the c. 1838 Mint exemplifies the Greek revival style popular among the Americans who flocked to New Orleans following the Louisiana Purchase. Today it houses the New Orleans Jazz Museum, host of the annual Downriver Festival celebrating the Mississippi River's contributions to Louisiana's cultural and culinary traditions. We descended into Crescent Park, where a …

Help Us Celebrate National Estuaries Week

09.18.2017 | Posted by Victoria Sagrera, Special Projects Coordinator, Restore or Retreat

Do you love your local estuary? Restore or Retreat sure does!  And what better way to spread that estuarine ecosystem love than during National Estuaries Week?! Restore or Retreat (ROR) is a non-profit coastal advocacy group created in 2000 by coastal Louisiana residents and stakeholders who recognize that the Barataria and Terrebonne estuaries are among the most beautiful ecosystems in America. Unfortunately, these estuaries are rapidly eroding, creating  an economic and ecological crisis. As part of ROR’s mission, we seek to …

From Cattle Farming to Pageant Queen: A Coastal Advocate All the Way

08.15.2017 | Posted by Victoria Sagrera, Special Projects Coordinator, Restore or Retreat

I grew up on levees of both rice and crawfish fields along the coast of southern Vermilion Parish. To some that might sound like a boring childhood but to me, it was my own paradise and playground. This unique upbringing greatly influenced the person I have become, as well as my understanding of the importance of Louisiana’s coast and the many unique communities that comprise it.   I was born into a family which was, and still is, deeply invested …

Building Community Capacity to Reduce the Adverse Effects of Natural Disasters

08.08.2017 | Posted by Shannon Cunniff, Director, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

Originally posted on LinkedIn on August 2, 2017. A couple of weeks ago I spent three days with the nation’s leading researchers and practitioners in reducing the hazards of natural disasters, and the evidence is clear: Disasters have an adverse effect on the social, economic, and environmental fabric of their communities – and climate change is already making the problem more acute. Large and small communities across the nation are trying to figure out how they will adapt and mitigate …

Your Voice is Needed for #OurCoast: Attend Upcoming Mid-Barataria Scoping Meetings

07.10.2017 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society

As the State of Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) move forward with the permitting process for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion – one of the most important restoration projects in the Coastal Master Plan – your voice and support are needed! The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion would reconnect the river with nearby wetlands and deliver sediment to build and maintain tens of thousands of acres in this crucial area. To get this project constructed, the Corps must follow …

Best of Bycatch: And the Winner Is…

06.30.2017 | By Jasmine Nielsen, Food Systems, Philanthropy & Nonprofit Management Consultant

LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT! Asian carp, an invasive species with a growing presence in the Gulf of Mexico, spurred a competition among area chefs from Alma, Café Carmo, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant and Spotted Cat Food & Spirits. The event was emceed by Chef Kevin Belton, who came straight from taping his show at the WYES studio. The event was hosted by Restore the Mississippi River Delta and the Culinaria Center at the Southern Food and …

Asian Carp: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em

06.19.2017 | By Jasmine Nielsen, Food Systems, Philanthropy & Nonprofit Management Consultant

Restore the Mississippi River Delta is partnering with the Culinaria Center to host an Asian carp cooking competition on Tuesday, June 20th at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. The event, Best of Bycatch, is being held in conjunction with the seventh annual New Orleans Eat Local Challenge. Best of Bycatch is the latest in an educational series sponsored by The Culinaria Center, a food law and policy institute that is part of the National Food and Beverage Foundation. As …

Sportsmen Support the Coast at Conservation on Tap

06.13.2017 | Posted by Erin Brown, Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

Originally posted by Vanishing Paradise on June 8, 2017. Recently, Vanishing Paradise and coastal restoration supporters headed to 40 Arpent Brewery in Arabi, LA for Conservation on Tap, co-sponsored by the Meraux Foundation. At the brewery, nestled right next to the Mississippi River levee, more than 60 supporters heard a presentation by Bren Haase with Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on the 2017 Coastal Master Plan—including an overview of the plan, funding and how it would impact the sportsmen …

This Tool Lets You See Flood Risk to Your Own Home

06.09.2017 | Posted by Simone Maloz, Executive Director, Restore or Retreat

Want to know more about flood risk in your own backyard, zeroing in on your very address? Want to know more about Louisiana Coastal Master Plan projects that will help reduce that risk? Then check out the best kept secret in coastal Louisiana: the Master Plan Data Viewer launched by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Click here to see the Master Plan Data Viewer The easy-to-use viewer displays information on coastal land change, flood risk and impacts to communities. This …

Breakout Innovation: Collaborative Planning for Sustainable Coastal Communities

05.18.2017 | Posted by Steve Cochran, Campaign Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta and Associate Vice President, Coastal Protection, Environmental Defense Fund

  “As our population sky-rockets, climate change restructures the ecosystems we inhabit, and our unsustainable food systems begin to break down, our world is crying out for designs that re-imagine the way that we humans do pretty much everything on Earth – designs that are in greater alignment. We appear to be stuck working only with what can be observed and already exists, rather than imagining and creating what is trying to emerge.” – “Creating Breakout Innovation,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, …

Coastal Louisiana Supporters Rally at Concert for the Coast

05.18.2017 | Posted by Amanda Moore, Deputy Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation

We’re at a crucial moment for our coast. Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan – the state’s blueprint for restoration and protection over the next five years – is making its way through the Louisiana Legislature. This plan and the projects it contains are critical to the protection of Louisiana’s communities and culture. To celebrate the culture that Louisiana’s coast supports and to raise awareness to the need to restore our coast and support the Coastal Master Plan, we held a …

#OurCoast: Exploring Bayous, Rivers and Faith

05.11.2017 | By Rabbi Gabriel Greenberg, Oscar J. Tolmas Rabbinic Chair, Congregation Beth Israel

On a recent Monday morning, myself and some fellow New Orleans-area clergy had the privilege to explore some of the bayous, rivers, bays and barrier islands in the gulf coast area near Venice. Riding aboard a sturdy Lafitte skiff, piloted by the inimitable Richie Blink, we learned about local flora and fauna, activities of the very-present oil and gas companies, and what the different fishing vessels going past us had in their hold (including one boat that had a pile …

Congressional Tour Shows Staffers Why Louisiana’s Working Coast Matters to the Nation

04.21.2017 | Posted by Simone Maloz, Executive Director, Restore or Retreat

Last week, Restore or Retreat tested the notion of “seeing is believing” by hosting U.S. congressional staffers from both chambers – and sides of the aisle. After a whirlwind 32-hour educational field trip, we are confident our friends left believers in the importance of restoring Louisiana’s coast. Following a similar fly-in hosted by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana last fall, Restore or Retreat began working with our partners, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and Restore the …

Restore or Retreat? A Difficult Question Facing Many Across Louisiana’s Coast.

03.30.2017 | Posted by Simone Maloz, Executive Director, Restore or Retreat

In May 2000, our founding fathers (and mothers) brought landowners, port commissioners, parish leaders, restoration advocates, levee experts, business owners and residents together for one purpose—to save our irreplaceable region. They were in the beginning stages of answering the question: Will restoration of Louisiana’s coast require coastal residents to leave their communities? That’s how the name “Restore or Retreat” came about. It was intended as a threat—take action or be forced to leave. Fast forward 17 years, through several devastating …