With No Time to Lose, Louisiana Is Constructing More Coastal Restoration and Protection Projects Than Ever

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With No Time to Lose, Louisiana Is Constructing More Coastal Restoration and Protection Projects Than Ever

When the first Louisiana Coastal Master Plan was released in 2007, just two years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, we laid out massive restoration needs with no time to lose. Overwhelming? Yes. Pipe Dream? No. Today, we are seeing the consistent advocacy and commitment to the Louisiana coast turn big plans into a reality. With each Coastal Master Plan, Louisiana has honed in on its path to a sustainable coast. This success to date is, in part, because Louisiana …

This natural storm buffer helps protect Greater New Orleans. A new restoration project will prevent it from disappearing.

04.14.2022 | Posted by Samantha Carter, Outreach Manager, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

Recent hurricanes have demonstrated how vulnerable our region is to growing flood risk, and a recent technical report by NOAA underscores the threats posed by sea level rise. As seas rise, storms strengthen in intensity and wetlands disappear, Louisiana is in a race against time to maintain and restore coastal wetlands as critical natural buffers and lines of defense for communities and vital infrastructure. Thankfully, a major coastal restoration project to restore and preserve one vital natural line of defense …

Louisiana Embarks on Largest Project Yet to Keep its Barrier Islands from Disappearing

07.08.2021 | Posted by Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation, National Audubon Society

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitats. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. Louisiana’s barrier islands, remnants of ancient Mississippi River delta lobes,  represent some of the most unique landscapes in …

This Restored Ridge Will Provide Hurricane Protection for Terrebonne Parish

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. What is the project? The Terrebonne Basin has lost nearly half of its land area in the last …

10 Years After The BP Oil Spill, This Barrier Island Is Slated For Restoration

11.05.2020 | Posted by Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation, National Audubon Society

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. *This blog was updated on 05/02/2022 to reflect current project status Visible from the eastern tip of …

This Giant Lock Complex Could Help Restore Wetlands in the Bayou Region

07.21.2020 | Posted by Victoria Sagrera, Special Projects Coordinator, Restore or Retreat

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on their importance. *This blog was updated on 05/13/2022 to reflect current project status At their essence, many canals …

This Ridge in St. Bernard Parish is in Dire Need of Restoration

06.12.2020 | Posted by Amanda Moore, Director, Gulf Program, National Wildlife Federation

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. Across its coast, Louisiana has many natural ridges that are the elevated banks of former river channels that …

This Living Shoreline Project Gives New Life to Marsh and Fisheries

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on their importance. *This blog was updated on 05/13/2022 to reflect current project status The Biloxi Marsh is in St. …

This Wetland Restoration Project Will Help Keep the Gulf out of New Orleans

07.01.2019 | Posted by Amanda Moore, Director, Gulf Program, National Wildlife Federation

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. *This blog was updated on 05/14/2022 to reflect current project status What is the Golden Triangle? More people …

This Massive Coastal Restoration Project Will Defend Southwest Louisiana

05.02.2019 | Posted by

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. The Chenier Plain, located in Southwest Louisiana, is part of the Calcasieu-Sabine Basin and home to the Calcasieu …

Strategic Marsh Creation Can Make a Big Difference in the Barataria Basin

02.14.2019 | Posted by Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. Why is the Large-Scale Barataria Marsh Creation Project Important? In the middle of the Barataria Basin there is …

Restoring a Vital Storm Buffer for Southeastern Louisiana

12.07.2018 | Posted by Amanda Moore, Director, Gulf Program, National Wildlife Federation

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. (This blog was updated on February 2, 2021, to reflect new project milestones.) Why do we need …

A Cornerstone for Coastal Restoration: The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

09.12.2018 | Posted by Rachel Rhode, Senior Analyst, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. Louisiana’s Barataria Basin has experienced some of the highest rates of land loss in the country: Between …

Explore the Largest Coastal Restoration Project Completed In Louisiana’s History

08.02.2018 | Posted by Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation, National Audubon Society

Restoration Project Reading List What is Needed to Protect and Restore one of the Gulf Coast’s Largest Swamps? Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion: What It Is and Why It’s Needed A Tale of Two Basins: Why One is Thriving While the Other is Dying Watch: Coast 360, A Virtual Day in the Delta To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits and reduce land loss, restore ecosystems and maintain …

What is Needed to Protect and Restore one of the Gulf Coast’s Largest Swamps?

06.12.2018 | By Theryn Henkel

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits and reduce land loss, restore ecosystems and maintain habitat. In this “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we’ll be taking a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives about their importance. A local’s perspective on the River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp diversion. ? Warren Coco, Founder of Go-Devil Manufacturers …