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

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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

03.14.2016 | By 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 …

Water Management Industry Eclipses Oil & Gas as Jobs Leader in SE Louisiana, 2nd Across Coastal Zone

02.24.2016 | By Water Management Industry Eclipses Oil & Gas as Jobs Leader in SE Louisiana, 2nd Across Coastal Zone

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 Water Management Industry Eclipses Oil and Gas as Jobs Leader in Southeast Louisiana, Second Across Entire Coastal Zone Rapidly growing industry brings high-paying jobs, helps grow Louisiana economy (NEW ORLEANS – February 25, 2016) The water …

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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 …

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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 …

Remembering Rita: 10 Years Later

09.24.2015 | By Remembering Rita: 10 Years Later

Today, September 24, marks 10 years since Hurricane Rita – the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico – slammed ashore sending a storm surge up to 18 feet in some locations, killing 120 people, damaging areas stretching from Plaquemines to Cameron Parishes and into Texas and causing over $10 billion in damages. Rita demonstrated that the best offense against future storms is strong “Multiple Lines of Defense” that begins with restoring and preserving the wetlands that buffer …

Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President to Prioritize Restoration

08.26.2015 | By Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President to Prioritize Restoration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, evancleve@edf.org Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.767.4181, jimmy.frederick@crcl.org John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 504.421.7348, jlopez@saveourlake.org Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President Obama to Prioritize Restoration  Coastal Restoration Is Key to City’s Long-Term Resiliency, and Administration Has Opportunities to Advance Efforts (NEW ORLEANS, LA—Aug. 26, 2015) As President Obama and …

Restore the Mississippi River Delta Launches “Restore the Coast” Community Engagement Campaign

08.14.2015 | By Restore the Mississippi River Delta Launches “Restore the Coast” Community Engagement Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contact: Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, evancleve@edf.org Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.317.2046, jimmy.frederick@crcl.org Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Launches “Restore the Coast” Community Engagement Campaign Campaign Highlights Important Role Louisiana Leaders Play in Coastal Restoration (August 14, 2015 – NEW ORLEANS) This weekend, the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is launching the “Restore …