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 …

RESTORE Council Votes to Approve Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding

12.09.2015 | By RESTORE Council Votes to Approve Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RESTORE Council Votes to Approve Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding (December 9, 2015 – Biloxi, Miss.) Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council voted to approve its first Funded Priorities List (FPL) – a compilation of restoration projects the Council will prioritize for funding and implementation following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. This set of projects will be funded by a portion of RESTORE Act dollars designated for ecosystem restoration from the Transocean …

The Pledges Are in, and the Winner Is… The Louisiana Coast!

12.07.2015 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree, Communications Manager, Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund

In the lead-up to Louisiana’s fall elections, the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition sponsored the Restore the Coast community engagement campaign, to highlight the important role Louisiana’s elected officials play in coastal restoration. This nonpartisan education campaign asked Louisiana voters to sign a pledge urging leaders to: be a voice for coastal restoration, protect existing and secure future coastal restoration funding, and support Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan. The goal of the campaign was to demonstrate the importance of coastal …

2015 Brings Momentum for the Louisiana Coast

11.25.2015 | By 2015 Brings Momentum for the Louisiana Coast

By Emily Guidry Schatzel, Senior Communications Manager, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, National Wildlife Federation Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta is a region in dire need of comprehensive restoration. We all know the harrowing statistic facing coastal Louisiana: every hour, a football field of land vanishes off the coast. According to historical averages, Louisiana loses 16 to 25 square miles per year. The rest of the Gulf, which is in many places still working to rebound economically and ecologically from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster, …

Louisiana’s Gubernatorial Candidates Declare Positions on Key Coastal Restoration Fiscal Issues

Louisiana's next governor will face two important fiscal issues related to coastal restoration early in his term. The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, in partnership with Coast Builders Coalition, delivered the below letter  to both candidates on November 9, in which our groups asked the candidates to provide their positions on how they would handle two key coastal issues once in office. The first question involves the payback of Greater New Orleans Area Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) by …

Join the Nov. 10 #RestoreTheCoast Online Day of Action!

In advance of the general election, on November 10, the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is hosting a #RestoreTheCoast Online Day of Action to highlight the important role Louisiana’s elected officials play in coastal restoration! Through this nonpartisan, voter education campaign, we are asking Louisianians to sign a pledge committing to vote in the upcoming election and urging state leaders to: be a voice for coastal restoration, protect existing and secure future coastal restoration funding, and support Louisiana’s Coastal …

Coast 2050's Lasting Impacts on Coastal Restoration

11.05.2015 | Posted by

This post is part of a series on early restoration planning in Louisiana. Be sure to check out our previous posts: part one, part two and part three. Since the early 1990's, the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Preservation, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) has been providing a steady funding stream for Louisiana coastal restoration, averaging about $45 million per year. Yet despite this funding commitment, at the time, there was still a void in actionable, systematic restoration planning for coastal Louisiana. Seeing …

Submit Your Coastal Restoration Questions for Louisiana’s Next Governor!

10.29.2015 | By Submit Your Coastal Restoration Questions for Louisiana’s Next Governor!

What coastal restoration questions do you have for Louisiana’s gubernatorial candidates? Now is your chance to ask them! The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is a sponsor of the upcoming Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) gubernatorial debate on November 10 at 7:00 p.m. Central, and we want to hear from you. Finding solutions to restore Louisiana’s vanishing coast will be high on the list of challenges the next governor will face – a recent survey found 85 percent of voters …

Louisiana Wins!

10.21.2015 | By Louisiana Wins!

Louisiana Wins! With a flurry of last minute discussions among members of our campaign, America’s Wetland Foundation, the LA-1 Coalition, and the CPRA Board – we were able to come to an agreement that replaced the original draft resolution that would have diverted coastal restoration money to LA-1, with a resolution directing CPRA staff to develop a prioritization process for coastal infrastructure projects that could spend up to 10% of available funds under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act …