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

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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 …

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 …

330 Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Critical Funding for Coastal Restoration

Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act (GOMESA) Provides Crucial Source of Restoration Dollars FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (NEW ORLEANS – March 8, 2016) Today, the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition sent a letter to President Obama signed by 330 groups, ranging from local governments and business and industry to environmental organizations and community groups, in response to his 2017 proposed budget that redirects funds from the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act (GOMESA) away from Gulf Coast restoration. …

Job Opening: Digital Marketing & Communications Associate

03.03.2016 | By Job Opening: Digital Marketing & Communications Associate

The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is hiring a full-time Digital Marketing and Communications Associate based in its New Orleans, LA office. Overview: The Digital Marketing and Communications Associate will leverage online engagement strategies to raise awareness and build support for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta on behalf of National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Wildlife Federation, as well as in collaboration with regional partners Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. S/He …

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 …

Groups Challenge Proposed Raids on Coastal Restoration Funds

02.10.2016 | By Groups Challenge Proposed Raids on Coastal Restoration Funds

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 Groups Challenge Proposed Raids on Coastal Restoration Funds Conservation organizations urge Administration, Congress to protect GOMESA funds for Louisiana coastal restoration (Washington, D.C.—February 10, 2016) In response to the release of President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 …

Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Feb. 3, 2016

02.03.2016 | By Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Feb. 3, 2016

TV cooking show to spotlight area wetlands' plight By Meredith Burns, Houma Courier. Feb. 2, 2016. "Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program staff will show off some of the area’s best seafood on an episode of the TV show “Flip My Food” airing this week…" (read more)

Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Feb. 2, 2016

02.02.2016 | By Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Feb. 2, 2016

7 Louisiana coastal restoration projects gain new approvals By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 1, 2016. "A federal-state coastal restoration task force has ordered design work to begin on five new restoration projects and a restoration demonstration. It also OK'd the start of construction on two existing projects…" (read more) Final bays on Bonnet Carre Spillway closed Monday as Mississippi River level slowly falls By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Feb. 1, 2016. "The last 24 bays at the Bonnet Carre …

Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Feb. 1, 2016

02.01.2016 | By Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Feb. 1, 2016

How long will Lake Pontchartrain stay dirty? By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 28, 2016. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete the task of closing the bays in the Bonnet Carre Spillway next week, but that won't immediately alter the hydrological makeup of Lake Pontchartrain…" (read more) Did spillway opening push speckled trout out of Lake Pontchartrain? By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 28, 2016. "Salinity isn't terribly important to speckled trout this time of year, but …

Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 27, 2016

01.27.2016 | By Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 27, 2016

Floodwaters start to recede By Stacy Gill, The Advocate. Jan. 27, 2016. "Several roads that were closed recently because of floodwater from the Mississippi River in West Feliciana Parish remain closed as of Jan. 25, including River Road at Tunica, Cat Island Road at Polly Creek and the low-water bridge at Solitude…" (read more) Nungesser taps former LDWF secretary to lead state parks By Greg Hilburn, The News Star. Jan. 26, 2016. "Robert Barham, who served two terms as former …

Latest Mississippi River Delta new: Jan. 26, 2016

01.26.2016 | By Latest Mississippi River Delta new: Jan. 26, 2016

Bonnet Carre Spillway closing begins as river slowly drops By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 25, 2016. "The Army Corps of Engineers began closing the first 10 of 210 bays in the Bonnet Carre Spillway weir at Norco on Monday (Jan. 25), as the flow of the Mississippi River continued to drop at the Carrollton gauge in New Orleans. The corps hopes to complete the closure of the structure, which diverts river water to Lake Pontchartrain to reduce the height …

Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 25, 2016

01.25.2016 | By Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 25, 2016

Our Views: Long-term plan for coastal diversion projects By Editorial Board Staff, The New Orleans Advocate. Jan. 21, 2016. *features John Lopez (Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation) and Kimberly Davis Reyher (Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana) "When Mother Nature gives you an opportunity, you’ve got to be in position to take advantage of it. Now, with the Mississippi River hitting its crest in January, another high-water event will not be of much help to Louisiana’s endangered coastline…" (read more) HUD sends …