A look back on 2021 in the Mississippi River Delta

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A look back on 2021 in the Mississippi River Delta

2021 proved to be another year for the books as the world continued to navigate the second year of the pandemic. Coastal Louisiana also faced its fair share of challenges and successes through these trying times. Many of our local communities are still rebuilding homes, schools and businesses following Hurricane Ida’s devastating impacts. (For more information on how to support struggling communities, please visit our resources pages on Point-au-Chien, Ironton, Grand Bayou Village and Houma.) And while we continue to …

The Bayou City of Houma, Louisiana Needs Your Help

YOU CAN HELP THIS COASTAL LOUISIANA TOWN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IDA Many small coastal communities across southeast and south-central Louisiana are relying on support from neighbors and strangers as they recover from the devastation from Hurricane Ida. Restore the Mississippi River Delta is working to highlight some of those communities, and the opportunities to help them as they recover and rebuild in the wake of this storm. About sixty miles southwest of New Orleans lies Houma, Louisiana, the most …

Eternal Flow: Mississippi River Views from Louisiana

Restore the Mississippi River Delta is excited to debut a new documentary film, Eternal Flow: Mississippi River Views from Louisiana at this year’s 9th annual NOLA River Fest. This “stacked documentary” by filmmaker Kevin McCaffery is a unique collection of vignettes on different cultural, historical, economic and ecological perspectives on the Mississippi River. For miles and for centuries, the Mississippi River has been the central pulse of our nation. New Orleanians reflect on the intrigue, history and power of the …

Grand Bayou Village Needs Your Help

YOU CAN HELP THIS LOUISIANA TRIBAL COMMUNITY SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IDA Many small coastal communities across southeast and south-central Louisiana are relying on support from neighbors and strangers as they recover from the devastation from Hurricane Ida. Restore the Mississippi River Delta is working to highlight some of those communities and the opportunities to help them as they recover and rebuild in the wake of this storm. Grand Bayou Indian Village, in a remote corner of Plaquemines Parish accessible …

The Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe Needs Your Help

YOU CAN HELP THIS LOUISIANA TRIBAL COMMUNITY SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IDA Many small coastal communities across southeast and south-central Louisiana are relying on support from neighbors and strangers as they recover from the devastation from Hurricane Ida. Restore the Mississippi River Delta is working to highlight some of those communities, and the opportunities to help them as they recover and rebuild in the wake of this storm. Seventy miles below New Orleans in coastal Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, in …

What Are Supporters Saying About Sediment Diversions?

From local community members to regional leaders: The future of our coast is tied to the Mighty Mississippi River! After decades of work, a major milestone for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion is underway with the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Learn more about the project here | Show YOUR support for these critical projects to restore our coast Skip to a section Quotes from Coastal Leaders Scientists for Diversions Hunters & Anglers for Diversions Louisiana is Pro-Sediment …

The World Still Very Much Needs More Louisiana

04.21.2021 | Posted by Jacques P. Hebert, Senior Communications Manager, Coastal Resilience and Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund

Back in 2015 as we commemorated 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita dealt our state two devastating blows, our organization partnered with cool, local retailer Dirty Coast to develop a design and message that articulated why Louisiana’s coast is so important and worth preserving. We put a call out to you – the public – asking for ideas, and you delivered by bringing “The World Needs More Louisiana” to life. Since then, this powerful rallying cry has appeared on …

Virtual Meetings to Provide Information and Resources on Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

03.12.2021 | Posted by

On March 5, 2021, the Army Corps of Engineers released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion for public review, triggering a 60-day comment period. The Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LATIG) also released a draft Restoration Plan identifying how the project will help restore the ecosystem in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. But where does my voice fit in? Coming in at over 5000 pages, consisting of 10 …

Enjoy the Holidays and Benefit the Environment With These Handy Household Tips

12.22.2020 | By Isabella Donnell – Outreach Assistant, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana; Timira Lockheart – Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation; and Olivia Ledet – Outreach Coordinator, Pontchartrain Conservancy

This year’s holiday celebrations will look different than years past. While we can’t gather and celebrate in the same ways as before, you can make new traditions with your families while also benefiting the environment. Between cooking, gifts, online orders and decorations, the holidays generate a lot of household waste. Much of this waste travels through our water systems and has a direct impact on our wildlife and coast. This holiday season, you can be mindful to reduce waste and …

Pedal Through Da Parish and learn About Louisiana’s Coast

12.17.2020 | By Sara Sneath

A journey to the End of the World If you’re not in a hurry to get to the End of the World, it’s an enjoyable trip to make by bicycle. A 65-mile round trip from New Orleans is a marina in Delacroix Island nicknamed “End of the World.” St. Bernard Parish is a great place not far from New Orleans to experience coastal cultures and wildlife. Exploring the coast on a bike allows you to get an up close experience …

Hurricane Preparedness Digital Care Package

June 1st marks the beginning of what is predicted to be an active hurricane season. All coastal residents should be prepared and follow guidance from local and state officials on how to stay safe in the face of hurricanes and Covid-19. This is also a good time to reflect on the fact that Black, Vietnamese, and Indigenous communities are at greater risk of experiencing the impacts of both a hurricane and our current pandemic. What can you do to help …

Earth Day Care Package

04.21.2020 | Posted by Earth Day Care Package

In these unprecedented times, many of us are searching for connection and a way to feel grounded. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, here are a few tools to help connect with our incredible planet and reflect on the natural beauty that surrounds us. Did you miss our first Coastal Care Package? Be sure to catch up on all the great coastal content here! Exploring the Coast | Discover A New Podcast | Get Outside | For the Kids …

Coastal Care Package

03.25.2020 | Posted by Coastal Care Package

Louisiana boasts a beautiful landscape unique to our home. From the cypress trees (and knees!) of the marsh to towering live oaks in our parks, we have a state worth exploring — and protecting. We hope this care package can provide a much-needed break and allows you to dive into our roots no matter where you are. Skip to a section Exploring the Coast | Curl Up with a New Read | Quick Reads | Watch Coastal Films and Chill …

If you care about our coast or fishing, you should know about Hydrocoast!

10.28.2019 | Posted by

Louisiana’s coast is dynamic. This simple but profoundly important trait of coastal Louisiana is largely due to the fact that water is always moving around our coast. This plays out in a variety of ways in our coastal estuaries, where fresh water from the Mississippi River mixes with salty water from the Gulf. Rain falls, and rivers flood fresh water areas. An east wind blows, and an extra high tide pushes salty Gulf water inland. Every day, the tides driven …

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Good Food and Good Times for a Healthier Coast

03.01.2019 | By Chris Haines & Bill Haines, Meraux Foundation

Second Annual Cook-off for the Coast Triples Last Year’s Funds Raised This blog has also been published at MerauxFoundation.org and The St. Bernard Voice. We all know our coast and wetlands are in significant danger, but what can we as individuals do about it? Well, true to St. Bernard’s heritage of amazing food and caring people, crowds dug in at the second annual Cook-off for the Coast at the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm on February 9th. Cook teams from throughout the …