What Are Supporters Saying About Sediment Diversions?

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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 Helen Rose Patterson, Senior Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

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 …

Congress is Setting Out to Tackle Climate Change and Coastal Louisiana is in the Spotlight.

02.26.2019 | Posted by Grace Tucker, Program Coordinator, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

Earlier this month, the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife hosted a hearing on “Healthy Oceans and Healthy Communities: the State of our Oceans in the 21st Century.” This was one in a series of hearings hosted by the House Committee on Natural Resources, all discussing climate change and its impacts. And at this hearing, the story of coastal Louisianans was front and center. To learn more about the impacts of climate change on coastal and fishing communities, the …

Bringing Louisiana’s Coast to the Mountains at the Aspen Ideas Festival

07.18.2018 | Posted by Jacques P. Hebert, Senior Communications Manager, Coastal Resilience and Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund

Originally posted by Audubon Louisiana on July 16, 2018. Last month, I had the opportunity to represent Audubon Louisiana in Aspen, Colorado, at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. Produced by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Aspen Ideas Festival is a gathering of leaders from across industries, nonprofit organizations and government aimed at tackling some of the biggest challenges of the day. Over 3,000 attendees from around the world descended on Aspen “to engage in deep and inquisitive discussions of the …

While Land Washes Away, How Do We Save Louisiana’s Cultural Heritage?

05.21.2018 | By Brian E. Ostahowski, President, Louisiana Archaeological Society

The State of the Coast conference brings policymakers, stakeholders and technical experts together to share their research and vision for coastal Louisiana’s future in the face of our land loss crisis. Amongst the efforts focused on preserving the future of coastal Louisiana and its communities are researchers focused on preserving its cultural heritage. Our cultural heritage is spread out across the coast in the form of many different cultural resources: historic buildings, traditional cultural properties, sacred sites, archaeological sites and …

25 Ways We Can Build a More Resilient New Orleans

04.27.2018 | Posted by Amanda Moore, Deputy Director, Gulf Program, National Wildlife Federation

This week, the National Wildlife Federation and Tulane University released a report of recommendations for how the City of New Orleans can build a more resilient future in the face of coastal land loss and rising seas. The report was developed during a convening of 40 coastal leaders. National Wildlife Federation and Tulane hosted the event, facilitated by the City of New Orleans. Participants brought expertise from the economic, policy, social, and technical perspectives to a day of thoughtful and …

“Tree Planting in the Swamps,” a Poem by Reverend Seamus Doyle

03.01.2018 | By Reverend Seamus Doyle,St. John's Episcopal Church

I first came to Louisiana from Ireland in 1974 and fell in love with the people, the food and the land. Over the next forty years, I have travelled most of the USA and lived for stretches in various places; but my heart was in Louisiana, and finally I returned home. Some years ago, I read “Bayou Farewell” by Mike Tidwell and felt a great sadness for the loss of the land, for the forced migration of communities. It is …