Coastal Latest & Greatest: Restoring the Coast for People, Wildlife, Jobs and the Future

06.08.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration   1) Restoring the coast for PEOPLE. In NPR’s “Louisiana Wants To Use The Muddy Mississippi To Build Up Its Coast,” Travis Lux chats with coastal supporter and Plaquemines Parish resident, Albertine Kimble, about the need for sediment diversions—calling them “the salvation of Plaquemines Parish.” Watch our own interview with Albertine on the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion projects below. Albertine Kimble, Plaquemines Parish Resident   2) Restoring the coast for WILDLIFE. David …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: Bald Eagles, Barrier Islands, and a Disappearing Boot. 3 Stories You Should Read this Weekend.

05.11.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration   1) Bald Eagles. “It’s one of the best conservation stories of any animal that was on the endangered species list,” said Michael Seymour, non-game ornithologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. John Snell reports on the comeback of our national emblem in Fox 8’s report, “Bald eagles attempting to raise chicks in Louisiana succeed close to 100 percent of the time.”   2) Barrier Islands. In John …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Ways Over $130 Million is Coming to Restore the Coast

04.27.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration   1) $9.3 Million – RESTORE Council. The Office of the Governor released a statement, “RESTORE Council Awards $9.3 Million Grant to Louisiana,” outlining the seven restoration and protection projects selected for funding. Johnny Bradberry, Chairman of the CPRA Board said, “This grant will support and advance our goal of having the multiple benefits a sustainable ecosystem provides for a safe, productive and resilient working coast.” Here is a quick …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Stories You Should Read by Times-Pic Coastal Reporter, Mark Schleifstein

04.20.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration 1)  “Coastal board recommends $20 million for parish coastal projects.” In this Times-Picayune article, Mark Schleifstein writes about six restoration and protection projects that were recommended for approval by the federal-state RESTORE council—showing vital progress on restoration via BP oil spill funds. On the selection process, Mark writes, “The state selected local projects based on selection criteria that considered their consistency with the state's coastal Master Plan, the ability to …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Pieces of Thought-Leadership on Louisiana’s Coast

04.13.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration   1) Steve Cochran. Our campaign director weighs in on the future of our coast and the importance of rethinking how we manage the Mississippi River & Tributaries System in his opinion piece in The Times-Picayune, “Mississippi River's high water is a missed opportunity to restore the coast.” Steve writes, “Using the Mississippi River as a land-building asset will be the difference between staying and leaving for much of south …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Big Wins for Louisiana’s Coast this Week

04.06.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration   1) Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Permitting Timeline Shaved by Two years! Steve Hardy’s report for The Advocate, “How Monday's decision by the Corps of Engineers will affect Louisiana coastal restoration,” takes a look at the updated permitting timeline for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, which reduces the timeline by two years bringing it to November 2020. CPRA Chairman Johnny Bradberry lauded the decision saying, “The Mid‐Barataria Sediment Diversion is critical to …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Stories Look Back at the History of Our Coastal Parishes

03.30.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration 1) Iberia. The Tabasco company, based on Avery Island in Iberia Parish, has a unique and intriguing history with conservation. Listen to this interview with Shane Bernard, Tabasco Historian, to learn about this iconic Louisiana company and the Queen of England’s favorite hot sauce!   2) Lafourche. Ted Jackson’s article in The Times-Picayune, “Buried at sea: As cemeteries on Louisiana's coast wash away, so does history,” takes you on an …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Ways to Save the Coast While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

03.23.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

1) Spring Sweep at Lake Pontchartrain. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s annual “Spring Sweep” event is taking place this Saturday, March 24. Volunteers are challenged to remove 4,000 pounds of trash in a just a few hours! To learn more, check out Steve Hardy’s article in The Advocate, “Group challenges volunteers: Eliminate two tons of trash from Lake Pontchartrain in a morning.” LPBF writes, “Pollution devastates the lake. In addition to the deadly plastic, waste can include chemicals and metal products …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: A Photo Tour of the Communities, Infrastructure and Sediment of the Mississippi River

03.16.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration   1) Communities. From Winona, Minnesota, down to Empire, Louisiana, Michael S. Williamson photographs the communities along the 2,300-mile Mississippi River in his Washington Post story, “A photographer’s 7,200-mile journey following the mighty Mississippi.” “From ice fishing up north to jet-skiing down south, communities along the river differed in culture as much as climate, Williamson found. But, he says, they were all shaped by their proximity to the river.”   …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 300 Students, 100 Million Birds, and a Really Muddy River

03.09.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration 1) 300 students. Jimmy Frederick talks to WAFB about the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s new “The 300” program in the report, “Students 'get their feet wet' at new coastal restoration center.” The program description states, “The 300 will inspire our next generation of coastal warriors, and may even encourage some participating students to pursue the coastal sciences in their post-secondary education. Others may be inspired to seek professional opportunities …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Partnerships Doing the Most Good

03.02.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration 1) The New York Times & The Times-Picayune. This is the first time The New York Times has partnered with a local paper, and what an opportunity to put coastal Louisiana on the national radar! The first fruits of this union include reports on Jean Lafitte, New Orleans’ flood control system, and Roseau Cane. We hope for much more to come. Read John Schwartz’ NYT piece to learn more: “To Cover …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: $1 Billion, 3 Ways to Restore the Coast

02.23.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration Every dollar spent brings us closer to a sustainable coast to protect our communities, jobs and way of life. Here are the dollars that matter from this week:   1) $488 million. Mark Schleifstein’s Times-Picayune article, “Canadian firm chosen to design Mid-Breton sediment diversion,” speaks to the progress being made on this land-building sediment diversion. “The state's 2017 coastal master plan update predicts the diversion would build nearly 83 square …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Acronyms You Should Know, and How They’re Saving the Coast

02.16.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration 2) CPRA. Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is the state governmental authority tasked with developing, implementing, and enforcing a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration Master Plan. Watch this great “Coastal 101” video we created with CPRA and share to support #OurCoast!   2) GOMESA. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) was signed into law in 2006 and shares 37.5 percent of qualified outer continental shelf oil …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Ways We’re Keeping Mardi Gras Rolling

02.09.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration Quiz: What Kind of Louisianian Are You? Now that you’ve discovered your true personality with our new quiz, it’s time to go to the Mardi Gras! Filled with food, fun and family, Mardi Gras has a little something for everyone in Louisiana; and our coast is what makes it all possible. From Cameron to Plaquemines, our coastal wetlands and natural defenses protect our communities and our unique way of life. …

Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Videos to Watch This Weekend

02.02.2018 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration “Vanishing Paradise.” This short film by the organization of the same name explores the coast through the lens of Louisiana’s sportsmen and women. Ryan Schaefer of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation describes the price of doing nothing as, “the very docks and marinas from which we launch our boats today, will be the reefs we catch fish on tomorrow.” Check out this short film and, along with exploring our land loss …