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 …

Making the Most of an Unprecedented Opportunity: Funding Louisiana’s Coastal Program

08.10.2017 | By Charles Sutcliffe, Director of Policy and Programs, Office of the Governor: Coastal Activities

Funding a coastal protection and restoration program by first having to suffer through a catastrophe is an extremely painful and unsustainable way to work toward resilience. That being said, because of the disasters Louisiana has endured and thanks to the State’s widely-respected Coastal Master Plan, Louisiana has been entrusted with the financial resources, around $10 billion over the next 15 years, to implement a suite of the most significant projects in its $50 billion plan. The majority of the funds, …

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 …

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 …

Louisiana Coastal Area Funding Included in Omnibus Spending Bill

05.01.2017 | Posted by

Last night, U.S congressional leaders released a $1-trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September. Congress is expected to approve the bill later this week. While the omnibus bill includes spending for numerous federal programs, of note for Louisiana is the inclusion of dedicated funding for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) program. The bill includes $9 million for the LCA Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials (BUD Mat) program and $520,000 for LCA general investigations. …

EDF Voices: Amid Dramatic Sea Level Rise, Nature Itself Can Provide a Much-Needed Solution

04.08.2016 | Posted by Shannon Cunniff, Director, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

Even if we manage to reach our goals for reducing greenhouse gases, the world will experience a dramatic sea level rise by 2100 – the latest study estimates by as much as six feet. With a water level that much higher than it is today, major coastal cities such as Boston, New York and Miami are sure to be below sea level. So the key question now is, how do we adapt to climate change effects we can no longer …

Conservation Groups Praise Governor Edwards’ Executive Order on Coastal Master Plan

04.04.2016 | By Conservation Groups Praise Governor Edwards’ Executive Order on Coastal Master Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 Conservation Groups Praise Governor Edwards’ Executive Order on Coastal Master Plan Order Underscores State’s Prioritization of Comprehensive Coastal Restoration and Protection (NEW ORLEANS – April 4, 2016) Moments ago, Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order NO. …

BP Oil Spill Fines Clear Way for Largest Restoration Effort in U.S. History

04.04.2016 | By BP Oil Spill Fines Clear Way for Largest Restoration Effort in U.S. History

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 Rachel Guillory, Ocean Conservancy, 504.208.5816, rguillory@oceanconservancy.org Andrew Blejwas, The Nature Conservancy, 617.785.7047, ablejwas@tnc.org  BP Oil Spill Fines Clear Way for Largest Restoration Effort in U.S. History State and federal leaders have once-in-a-lifetime window to make good on promises (NEW ORLEANS – April 4, 2016) Groups working on Gulf restoration lauded news today of …

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 …

Obama Administration Announces New Leader of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

03.01.2016 | By Obama Administration Announces New Leader of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

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 Rachel Guillory, Ocean Conservancy, 504.208.5816, rguillory@oceanconservancy.org Andrew Blejwas, The Nature Conservancy, 617.785.7047, ablejwas@tnc.org  Obama Administration Announces New Leader of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council U.S. Department of Agriculture Succeeds U.S. Department of Commerce as Council Chair (Washington, D.C. – March 1, 2016) Today, the Obama Administration announced a new chair for the Gulf Coast …

Gulf Restoration Groups Call on Oil Spill Trustees to Run Open Process

02.23.2016 | By Gulf Restoration Groups Call on Oil Spill Trustees to Run Open Process

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 Rachel Guillory, Ocean Conservancy, 504.208.5816, rguillory@oceanconservancy.org Andrew Blejwas, The Nature Conservancy, 617.785.7047, ablejwas@tnc.org  Gulf Restoration Groups Call on Oil Spill Trustees to Run Open Process Standard Operating Procedures for Spending $7.1 Billion in Funding Should Engage Public  (New Orleans – February 23, 2016) Gulf restoration advocates are calling on federal agencies to increase …

Louisiana Releases Draft Annual Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection

01.12.2016 | By Louisiana Releases Draft Annual Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection

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 John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 504.421.7348, jlopez@saveourlake.org Louisiana Releases Draft Annual Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection Plan Includes CPRA’s Recommendations for Two Sediment Diversions (BATON ROUGE, La. – January 12, 2016) Last week, Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) released its …

Funding for Louisiana Coastal Area Program Included in Omnibus Spending Bill

12.17.2015 | By Funding for Louisiana Coastal Area Program Included in Omnibus Spending Bill

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 John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 504.421.7348, jlopez@saveourlake.org Funding for Louisiana Coastal Area Program Included in Omnibus Spending Bill Money Will Help Advance Critical Coastal Restoration Projects (WASHINGTON—Dec. 17, 2015) Yesterday, the U.S. Congress unveiled a year-end spending bill that includes more than $10 …

$52.2 million in oil spill funds approved for Louisiana coastal restoration

12.15.2015 | By Elizabeth Weiner, Senior Policy ManagerEnvironmental Defense Fund

Last week, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council approved its first Funded Priorities List (FPL) of projects and programs to fund with civil penalties available from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Transocean settlement. This is an important step forward for the entire Gulf Coast that is still recovering from the spill. In particular for the Mississippi River Delta, the FPL demonstrates both the state of Louisiana’s commitment to funding Coastal Master Plan projects with RESTORE dollars and progress in …