Remembering Rita: 10 Years Later

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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 …

Vote Now: Which Coastal Restoration Slogan Should Appear on Dirty Coast Products?

07.30.2015 | By Vote Now: Which Coastal Restoration Slogan Should Appear on Dirty Coast Products?

Earlier this month, we put out a call for coastal restoration slogans that could be made into a design to be featured on Dirty Coast t-shirts and other products. We received an overwhelming response of more than 200 highly-creative submissions, making our job of selecting which to feature extremely difficult. So much so that we chose five finalists instead of the originally planned three. They are:  The World Needs More Louisiana Greaux the Delta, Greaux Our Home Save the Boot Let …

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Lower 9th Ward CSED Creates Environmental Learning & Research Center

07.15.2015 | By Lower 9th Ward CSED Creates Environmental Learning & Research Center

By Rachel Pickens, Esq., Resiliency Manager for Coastal Outreach & Community Awareness, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development "River to the Bayou" is a phrase often spoken by members the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED). When CSED was created in December 2006 by Pam Dashiell and Charles Allen, they envisioned rebuilding a more resilient neighborhood, one that stretches from the Mississippi River to Bayou Bienvenue. Learning from Katrina, they realized that resilience …

We're Partnering with Dirty Coast to Feature YOUR Coastal Restoration Message!

07.13.2015 | By We're Partnering with Dirty Coast to Feature YOUR Coastal Restoration Message!

As we approach the 10th anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita – a time when we all learned about the importance of the Louisiana coast as a first line of defense against storms – Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition and Dirty Coast are partnering to feature YOUR coastal restoration messages on t-shirts, bags, posters and other snazzy products that will be sold in Dirty Coast’s New Orleans stores and across the web to help raise awareness and support for Louisiana coastal restoration. Louisiana …

Job Opening: Communications Summer Intern, National Audubon Society

04.07.2015 | By Job Opening: Communications Summer Intern, National Audubon Society

Position Summary: Audubon’s Wings internship program invites students and recent graduates to help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds – and all of us who share the planet with them.  Audubon currently has an opportunity for you to expand your Wings in Audubon’s Communications Internship! The Communications Intern will be based in New Orleans, LA, working on Audubon’s Restore the Mississippi River Delta campaign. The campaign is comprised of staff from National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, …

Wine & Wetlands event brings together coastal residents, advocates

01.28.2015 | By Wine & Wetlands event brings together coastal residents, advocates

Guest post by Mike Mariana, Belle Chasse, LA On January 15, my wife and I attended the Wine & Wetlands event organized by the Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition and their outreach coordinator for Plaquemines Parish, Philip Russo. More than 50 people from across our parish attended and had the opportunity to hear from several concerned citizens, business owners and governmental representatives, all working in their own way to restore our coast. Thanks to the sponsorship of several of …

NEWS RELEASE: Louisiana Governor Cuts Coastal Funds, Jeopardizing Coast

01.22.2015 | By NEWS RELEASE: Louisiana Governor Cuts Coastal Funds, Jeopardizing Coast

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 Lauren Bourg, National Audubon Society, 225.776.9838, lbourg@audubon.org Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.767.4181, jimmy.frederick@crcl.org Louisiana Governor Cuts Coastal Funds, Jeopardizing Coast Budget cuts will impact restoration programs and raises question of how state will pay for Coastal Plan (New Orleans – January 21, 2015) On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced budget cuts including cuts …

Job Opening: Avian Biologist, Audubon Louisiana

12.16.2014 | By Job Opening: Avian Biologist, Audubon Louisiana

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 Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and …

Job Opening: Senior Policy Specialist, Gulf Coast Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

12.15.2014 | By Job Opening: Senior Policy Specialist, Gulf Coast Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Senior Policy Specialist for Gulf Coast Restoration to join our staff in Washington, DC. In this role you will advocate on behalf of NWF's Gulf Coast Restoration and Mississippi Delta Restoration (MRD) programs to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico coastal area to greater resiliency in the face of storms, floods, sea level rise, human-caused erosion, oil spills, and other threats to wildlife and to coastal communities. This includes leading the national portion …

Job Opening: Communications Director, National Audubon Society

11.06.2014 | By Job Opening: Communications Director, National Audubon Society

Position: Communications Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign Job Location: Baton Rouge or New Orleans, La. Type: Regular, Full-Time Job Category: Communications/Marketing 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 …

New Website Tracks Impacts of Coastal Restoration On Businesses and the Gulf Economy

09.18.2014 | By New Website Tracks Impacts of Coastal Restoration On Businesses and the Gulf Economy

This post originally appeared on the website OurCoastOurEconomy.org. Environmental Defense Fund today launched a new business-focused website, OurCoastOurEconomy.org, which provides comprehensive information and data on the direct links between Louisiana coastal restoration and the survival and growth of business sectors in the state, Gulf region and nation. The website offers resources on the economics of restoration, policy updates on the RESTORE Act and other restoration funding, a map of businesses poised to grow with increased funding for coastal restoration, news updates and reports. Who would find this website …

IPCC report examines climate change’s effects on Mississippi River Delta and strategies for adaptation

08.05.2014 | By IPCC report examines climate change’s effects on Mississippi River Delta and strategies for adaptation

By Keenan Orfalea, Communications Intern, Environmental Defense Fund “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” – President John F. Kennedy The Mississippi River Delta – one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in North America – is teeming with life, and this rich bounty has supported the development of unique cultures and traditions, alongside industry. At the same time, Louisiana’s fragile coastal wetland ecosystems are …

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GNO, Inc. announces launch of Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy

07.15.2014 | By GNO, Inc. announces launch of Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy

By Elizabeth Skree, Communications Manager, Environmental Defense Fund Last Friday, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced the launch of the Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy (CCRE). CCRE is a coalition of Louisiana businesses and business leaders who are advocating for sustainable restoration of Louisiana’s disappearing coastal wetlands, deltas, rivers and coastline. This new business coalition will support an integrated three-legged framework of coastal restoration, appropriate structural flood mitigation and non-structural flood mitigation. The group includes representatives from a …

Job Opening: Senior Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

07.11.2014 | By Job Opening: Senior Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

DESCRIPTION: The Outreach Coordinator will develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies to advance priorities of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration program. Focusing on the Greater New Orleans area, the Outreach Coordinator will educate and engage community leaders and other key stakeholders, such as the faith community, neighborhood associations, student groups, landowners, and elected officials. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Plan, develop, and execute an education and outreach campaign in the Greater New Orleans area to garner support for coastal restoration Identify, engage …