Seven Years After the Spill: Restoring the Louisiana Coast

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Seven Years After the Spill: Restoring the Louisiana Coast

04.20.2017 | By Glenn Watkins, Water Resources Campaign Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

It’s been seven years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I remember visiting Grand Isle in the spring of 2011, one year after the spill, and being shocked that I could still see the sheen of oil on the surface of wetlands and tar balls washing onshore. Now, seven years later, the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Delta are still in urgent need of restoration and recovery. But Louisiana’s coast was in crisis long before …

New Study Says BP Oil Spill Accelerated Louisiana Marsh Loss

12.08.2016 | Posted by Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation

Shortly after the Macondo oil well erupted in the spring of 2010 – just 40 miles off of the coast of Louisiana – oil began washing up on marsh shorelines across the coast. In total, more than 450 miles of Louisiana’s marshes were visibly oiled.1 While this oil led to unprecedented damage to the environment and wildlife across the Gulf, we are still understanding the extent of the damage more than six years later. Results from a new U.S. Geological …

Barrier Island Restoration: An Investment in Coastal LA’s Future and for Nesting Seabirds, Part 3

04.21.2016 | Posted by Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation, National Audubon Society

Our partners at Audubon Louisiana published a series of blog posts that we are cross-posting here. View the original blog post here. As we mark the sixth anniversary of the BP oil spill this week – an event that significantly and negatively impacted Louisiana’s already disappearing barrier islands and the species that depend on them – we will examine the status of barrier island restoration. Over the coming days, we’ll publish a series of blog posts that detail what work has …

Rebuilding after the BP Oil Spill

04.20.2016 | Posted by Rebuilding after the BP Oil Spill

By our partner, National Wildlife Federation. View the original post here. Six years ago this week, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months. At the time, many representatives from the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition were on the ground, cataloging the impacts to wildlife and the habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Six years later, we are still hard at work. …

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Oil Spill Anniversary Spotlights Opportunity for Largest Restoration Effort in American History

04.20.2016 | By Oil Spill Anniversary Spotlights Opportunity for Largest Restoration Effort in American 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 OIL SPILL ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHTS OPPORTUNITY FOR LARGEST RESTORATION EFFORT IN AMERICAN HISTORY (Washington, DC —April 20, 2016) Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster, which killed 11 men and began an oil spill that would dump more than …

6 years after the oil disaster: Coastal restoration in action

04.19.2016 | Posted by Estelle Robichaux, Senior Restoration Project Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund

Today marks the 6th anniversary of the BP oil disaster, an event that changed not only the landscape and economies of the Gulf Coast but also the relationship that many residents have with their surrounding environment. In Louisiana, of course, this devastating event only exacerbated our ongoing land loss crisis by killing wetland plants and speeding up erosion, as well as damaging communities that had only just begun recovering from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina five years earlier. We can …

Six Years after the Oil Disaster: Stay the Course on Restoration

04.19.2016 | By Six Years after the Oil Disaster: Stay the Course on Restoration

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 Six Years after the Oil Disaster: Stay the Course on Restoration With BP Settlement Finalized, Time to Put Funds to Work Restoring Louisiana’s Coast (New Orleans, LA—April 19, 2016) Tomorrow marks six years since the BP Deepwater …

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 …

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 …

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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$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 …

What We Know Now About the BP Oil Disaster

11.16.2015 | By Ryan Fikes, Staff Scientist, National Wildlife Federation, Gulf Restoration CampaignWildlife Promise

This post has been cross-posted from the National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Promise blog. It’s been more than five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Since that time, a council of federal and state Trustees have been extensively investigating the impacts of the disaster on wildlife and habitats, but that information has been kept under wraps—for use in litigation against BP. Now that the case has settled, this research has finally been made public in a draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan. …

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 …

CRCL Leads the Largest One-Day Volunteer Restoration Effort to Commemorate Hurricane Rita

10.06.2015 | By CRCL Leads the Largest One-Day Volunteer Restoration Effort to Commemorate Hurricane Rita

By Jimmy Frederick, Communications Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Ten years ago the beaches of Cameron Parish were under 15 feet of Gulf of Mexico water as Hurricane Rita slammed ashore. Rita was the second major hurricane to hit Coastal Louisiana in less than a month in 2005 and was, in fact, stronger than Hurricane Katrina when it made landfall. The storm surge inundated coastal communities as far inland as Lake Charles and left thousands of homes and businesses …