Coloring a Better Coast

07.27.2018 | Posted by Katie Gruzd, Campaign Manager, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, Environmental Defense Fund

WELCOME TO OUR STAFF Q&A SERIES WHERE YOU CAN MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND RESTORE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA! TODAY WE'RE CHATTING WITH Katie Gruzd, Campaign MANAGER WITH Environmental defense fund AND RESTORE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA. CLICK HERE TO MEET MORE OF OUR TEAM. Hi Katie! Tell us a little about what you do with EDF and Restore the Mississippi River Delta? As Campaign Manager for Restore the Mississippi River Delta, I work on internal project management and organization. Many people don’t realize …

How a Saints Blogger Became Our Coast's Digital Guru

06.14.2018 | Posted by Ryan Chauvin, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society

WELCOME TO OUR STAFF Q&A SERIES WHERE YOU CAN MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND RESTORE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA! TODAY WE'RE CHATTING WITH Ryan chauvin, Digital Marketing and Communication manager with national audubon society AND RESTORE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA. CLICK HERE TO MEET MORE OF OUR TEAM. Hi, Ryan! Tell us a little about what you do with Audubon and Restore the Mississippi River Delta? Hi! I’m the Digital Marketing and Communication Manager for Restore the Mississippi River Delta. That’s a lot of …

Meet Our Staff: Q&A with Theryn Henkel

04.30.2018 | Posted by Theryn Henkel, Assistant Director of Coastal Sustainability Program, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

WELCOME TO OUR STAFF Q&A SERIES WHERE YOU CAN MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND RESTORE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA! TODAY WE'RE CHATTING WITH Theryn Henkel, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY with the LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FOUNDATION AND RESTORE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA. CLICK HERE TO MEET MORE OF OUR TEAM. Tell us a little about what you do with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Restore the Mississippi River Delta? At LPBF I am the Assistant DIrector of the Coastal Sustainability Program. I …

Meet Our Staff: Q&A with Jessie Ritter

03.29.2018 | Posted by Jessie Ritter, Policy Specialist, Gulf of Mexico Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

WELCOME TO OUR STAFF Q&A SERIES WHERE YOU CAN MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND RESTORE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA! TODAY WE'RE CHATTING WITH Jessie Ritter, Senior Policy Specialist for Gulf of mexico restoration with the national wildlife federation and RESTORE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA. CLICK HERE TO MEET MORE OF OUR TEAM. Tell us a little about what you do with NWF and Restore the Mississippi River Delta? As chairperson for Restore the Mississippi River Delta's policy committee, I help to coordinate and …

Meet Our Staff: Q&A with Corey Miller

02.28.2018 | Posted by Corey Miller, Community Engagement Manager, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Welcome to our staff Q&A series where you can meet the people behind Restore the Mississippi River Delta! Today we're chatting with Corey Miller, the Community Engagement Manager with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Restore the Mississippi River Delta. Click here to meet more of our team. Hi Corey! Tell us a little about what you do with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Restore the Mississippi River Delta? I direct the outreach and engagement program for …

Meet Our Staff: Q&A with Devyani Kar

01.30.2018 | Posted by Devyani Kar, Coastal Projects and Programs Manager, Environmental Defense Fund

  Welcome to our staff Q&A series where you can meet the people behind Restore the Mississippi River Delta! To kick off this series, we're introducing our newest staff member, Devyani Kar. Click here to meet more of our team. Tell us a little about what you do with EDF and Restore the Mississippi River Delta? I am the coastal projects and programs manager for Environmental Defense Fund’s Mississippi River Delta restoration program where I lead research and analysis to …

Understanding Social Vulnerability in Your Community

08.22.2017 | By Emily Ewing, Restoration Projects Intern, Environmental Defense Fund

The paradox at hand Over 2.3 million people live in the 20 parishes located in Louisiana’s Coastal Zone. According to the most recent National Coastal Population Report, a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau and NOAA, the rate of population increase in coastal Louisiana has doubled since 2010. Unfortunately, coastal land is disappearing as the population grows. A football field of wetlands disappears every 100 minutes (USGS). Restoration projects aim to preserve and rebuild the state’s beautiful wetlands, which provide …

Welcome to the New and Improved MississippiRiverDelta.org!

01.30.2017 | Posted by Ryan Chauvin, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society

Over the last several months, we’ve been hard at work tidying and sprucing up our website to provide you with a more visual, engaging and clear resource to learn about the importance of the Mississippi River Delta and the work our organizations are doing to help restore it. In tackling the redesign, our goal was to showcase the current land loss crisis facing our state, the solutions available to address it and provide you with options for how you can …

Beyond the Basin: Reflections on my Upstream Upbringing

By Christina Rouse, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Projects Intern, Environmental Defense Fund Clang. A knot of rusted chains pulls shut the driveway gate, bringing it closed with a final smack against a worn fencepost. Just like that, my Sunday afternoon visit to our family farm in Clarksville, Missouri ends. After a quick trip home to Saint Louis, it’s time to catch a flight to Washington, D.C. for my internship. On top of a hill, our farmhouse is safe from flooding; …

Restoring the Wetlands as Part of our Sacred Duty and History

06.08.2016 | By Very Rev. William Terry, M.P.S., M.Div.

God of unchangeable power, when you fashioned the world the morning stars sang together and the host of heaven shouted for joy; open our eyes to the wonders of creation and teach us to use all things for good, to the honor of your glorious name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Source: A New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 569) Before our city and coastlands were flooded by Hurricane Katrina, there was a cry to rebuild wetlands that were disappearing. …

Caring for Creation—an Earth Day Sunday Field Trip

05.09.2016 | By Reverend Doctor Cory Sparks, Director of the Institute of Nonprofit ExcellenceLouisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

When John Taylor was a boy growing up in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, cypress trees were so thick in nearby Bayou Bienvenue that he didn’t need a paddle for his pirogue. He could pull himself along by grabbing the cypress knees. Aaron Viles, Rayne Caring For Creation Committee member and Gulf Restoration Network board member discusses the state of advocacy efforts to restore the Bayou and Louisiana's coastal wetlands with John Taylor, Lower Ninth Ward Center for …

World Water Day 2016: Louisiana, Water and Coastal Restoration Jobs

03.22.2016 | Posted by Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

Today (March 22) is the United Nations’ World Water Day – an international observance and opportunity to learn about water-related issues, be inspired and teach others, and take action to make a difference. Today, almost half of the world's workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water-related sectors, and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Each year, the UN sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future …

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 …

Remembering Rita: Ten Years Later

09.22.2015 | By Remembering Rita: Ten Years Later

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 Parish 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 wind …

Boil for the Bayou

08.08.2015 | By Boil for the Bayou

By Matthew Phillips, Mississippi River Delta Coalition On August 1st, the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign hosted Boil for the Bayou, a coastal restoration expo at Bayou Barriere Golf Course in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Our inimitable Plaquemines Parish Outreach Coordinator, Philip Russo, planned and coordinated the event for months. In a state with the highest rate of land loss in the contiguous U.S., Plaquemines Parish stands out. Louisiana has lost 25% of its coastal wetlands, and Plaquemines has lost the …