The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is proud to announce recipients of the 2015 Coastal Stewardship Awards.
This is the 20th year for CRCL’s Coastal Stewardship Awards, which is the highest form of recognition offered by CRCL. The awards honor those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the coast, and have made significant contributions to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
CRCL will honor these coastal champions at the 20th Annual Stewardship Awards Banquet on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
The 2015 winners fall into four categories: Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Service, Coastal Stewardship and Friends of the Coalition. Click here for more information.
CRCL is seeking a Science/Technical Director to be a senior, strategic player in the pursuit of our mission. The Science/Technical Director will ensure that the work of the organization is based in credible science and solid understanding of the technical challenges and opportunities associated with restoration projects and programs. The successful applicant will join an energetic, talented team and enjoy a high-energy, flexible work environment. To learn more about this opportunity click here.
The Obama Administration is proposing to yank $3 billion in future oil and gas revenue from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, which will be redistributed throughout the country. CRCL believes it leaves Coastal Louisiana extremely vulnerable. Read the full press release here.
In the past 75 years, more than 2,300 square miles of coastal Louisiana have been converted to open water by natural processes and human activity. Roughly translated, this is an area of wetlands equivalent to the state of Delaware that has simply disappeared.
Human alteration of this landscape has accelerated much of Louisiana’s coastal land-loss. Levees built to facilitate and maintain navigation and flood protection along the Mississippi River have choked off the rich sediment that once built and replenished wetlands. Additionally, thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines and canals that provide essential energy to the nation slice through Louisiana’s wetlands, hastening the erosion of this sediment starved landscape.
Despite these obstacles, it is still possible to restore Louisiana’s coastal landscape to a sustainable and productive state. But we must act now. Without immediate and decisive action, Louisiana will continue to lose land at an alarming rate, potentially losing an additional 1,000 square miles of land by the year 2050.
The loss of coastal Louisiana is perhaps the largest preventable environmental crisis in America and CRCL is committed to restoring and protecting a sustainable, vibrant and productive coastal Louisiana. Click here to see more about CRCL.