New Report Outlines How to Unlock Additional Funding Streams for Restoration

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New Report Outlines How to Unlock Additional Funding Streams for Restoration

09.21.2017 | Posted by Shannon Cunniff, Director, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

For the nearly 40 percent of Americans who live near the coast, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria provide vivid reminders that living there comes with risks. These events also demonstrate that we need to rebuild stronger and smarter, by incorporating both gray and green infrastructure into coastal resiliency and protection plans. Strong community support – which stems from involvement in need identification and planning – is crucial for moving communities toward resilience So is funding. Houston’s chief resilience officer, Stephen …

Why Coastal Restoration Matters to the Baton Rouge Area and the State

07.31.2017 | Posted by Jim Wyerman, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, Environmental Defense Fund

Part 2 of a 2-part series on the economic importance of coastal restoration to the state and nation. View part one here.   Six years ago, when I started reaching out to business leaders to learn where they stood on coastal restoration, I often heard that “Coastal restoration is an issue for the coastal parishes, and we’re not a coastal parish.” The earliest and strongest supporters for restoration were understandably located in coastal areas most directly affected by land loss. …

What Does the Economy Stand to Lose If We Don’t Restore Louisiana’s Coast?

Co-authored by Jim Wyerman, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, Mississippi River Delta Program, EDF Part 1 of a 2-part series on the economic importance of coastal restoration to the state and nation. Louisiana residents are increasingly aware that coastal land loss presents an immediate economic and existential threat to coastal communities and the state – but fewer are familiar with the risks to the national economy. Oil and gas, seafood, navigation, recreational fisheries and wildlife tourism all depend on …

Trump's Budget Could Kill an Urgent Coastal Recovery Project – and Slam Our Economy

07.27.2017 | Posted by Steve Cochran, Campaign Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta and Associate Vice President, Coastal Protection, Environmental Defense Fund

Originally posted on EDF Voices on July 26, 2017. Louisiana’s coast is a working coast. Home to nearly 2 million people, the region is an economic engine for our nation, which relies on it for energy, shipping, chemicals and seafood. But the state is also facing a land loss crisis that threatens to grind this engine to a halt, with billions in industry losses as a potential result. The Pelican State alone could lose as much as $3.6 billion worth …

How Can We Create a Sustainable Future for South Louisiana, Navigation and Other Industries?

07.05.2017 | Posted by Steve Cochran, Campaign Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta and Associate Vice President, Coastal Protection, Environmental Defense Fund

The Mississippi River was leveed in the early 20th century, specifically for the purposes of flood control and navigation. Relative to navigation, we created a world-class system. We walled the river in, hitching its power to creative engineering, the result of which has been a system which rivals any in the world. Specifically, the five Lower Mississippi River ports handle more than 500 million tons of domestic and foreign cargo annually, including exports and imports. Together, these area ports account …

Louisiana’s Infrastructure Opportunity: Coastal Restoration and Protection

05.18.2017 | Posted by Shannon Cunniff, Director, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

This week is Infrastructure Week, a national event recognizing the importance of investing in and improving our nation’s infrastructure. What do you think of when you hear the word “infrastructure”? You probably think of roads and bridges, ports and waterways, airports and railways. But another important element is investing in and improving our nation’s natural infrastructure. Rebuilding America’s natural infrastructure – its beaches, dunes, marshes and mangroves – is equally important, because such natural infrastructure solutions buffer communities against storm surges, …

The Infrastructure Opportunity Nobody Is Talking About – Yet

03.01.2017 | Posted by Steve Cochran, Campaign Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta and Associate Vice President, Coastal Protection, Environmental Defense Fund

This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices. In the divisive political atmosphere of 2017, there is one issue that leaders across the spectrum agree on: The immediate and compelling need to rebuild America’s worn and damaged infrastructure. Governors from 49 states have already sent a list of more than 400 projects they want President Trump to target with his promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which the president is expected to address in a speech tonight. With so much urgent work …

Hottest Jobs in South Louisiana? Saving the Coast

Looking for the industry with the fastest growth and some of the best-paying jobs in coastal Louisiana? Saving Louisiana’s vanishing coastline is now the fastest growing industry along Louisiana’s coast, driving economic expansion and eclipsing the oil and gas sector in creating new jobs. Coastal restoration and protection is not only the biggest jobs creator in coastal Louisiana – it has some of the highest-paying jobs, averaging $69,277 per year. This hot job market is expected to get even hotter …

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LA Business Organizations Tout Significant Economic Potential of Coastal Restoration to Gov. Edwards

03.14.2016 | By LA Business Organizations Tout Significant Economic Potential of Coastal Restoration to Gov. Edwards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, evancleve@edf.org Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.317.2046, jimmy.frederick@crcl.org John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 504.421.7348, jlopez@saveourlake.org Caitlin Berni, Greater New Orleans, Inc., 504.527.6980, cberni@gnoinc.org Louisiana Business Organizations Tout Significant Economic Potential of Coastal Restoration to Governor John Bel Edwards Groups Urge Edwards to Protect Coastal Funding, Advance Master Plan for Long-term Prosperity …

MRD Coalition Sends Governor Edwards Letter Touting Economic Potential of Coastal Restoration

Today, the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition sent a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards signed by 29 Louisiana business associations, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and civic groups urging him to protect funding for coastal restoration and to move forward with the implementation of the state’s Coastal Master Plan. The groups thanked Governor Edwards for his leadership in protecting coastal restoration funds from mid-year budget cuts and for his continued statements that coastal funds should only be …

Job Opening: Digital Marketing & Communications Associate

03.03.2016 | By Job Opening: Digital Marketing & Communications Associate

The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is hiring a full-time Digital Marketing and Communications Associate based in its New Orleans, LA office. Overview: The Digital Marketing and Communications Associate will leverage online engagement strategies to raise awareness and build support for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta on behalf of National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Wildlife Federation, as well as in collaboration with regional partners Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. S/He …

New Study: Cost of Not Pursuing Significant Coastal Restoration Could Reach $133 Billion

12.21.2015 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve, Communications Manager, Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund

Louisiana has lost nearly 1,900 squares miles of land since the 1930s. Without future action to restore the coast and reverse this trend, the state stands to lose another 1,750 square miles of land by 2060. This land loss crisis not only impacts the communities, wildlife and ecology of south Louisiana, but it also puts cities, homes, infrastructure and industries at risk. Coastal wetlands serve as a buffer against the effects of waves, storms and sea level rise. The continued …

Job Openings: The Water Institute of the Gulf

11.30.2015 | By Job Openings: The Water Institute of the Gulf

The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent applied research institute dedicated to providing advanced understanding and technical expertise to support management of coastal, deltaic and water systems, within Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and around the world. Its mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society. Interested in working for the Water Institute? Good news, they are currently hiring for the following positions. Click on each position for more information on …

Job Opening: Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition

11.16.2015 | By Job Opening: Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition

Position: Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society Location: New Orleans, LA Overview:  Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the …

Job Opening: Mississippi River Delta and Natural Infrastructure Economist, EDF

11.13.2015 | By Job Opening: Mississippi River Delta and Natural Infrastructure Economist, EDF

Position: Mississippi River Delta & Natural Infrastructure Economist (2-year Post-doctoral Position) Location: Washington, DC (New York, NY or Boston, MA) With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant …