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A Call to Action…

CRCL’s mission is to drive bold, science-based action to rebuild our coast through outreach, restoration and advocacy. Advocacy comes in many forms, whether it is supporting the State’s Coastal Master Plan or raising awareness of coastal restoration in general. As the regular legislative session gets underway, we feel it’s important to lay out our priorities. Over next few months, we will be focusing on three main issues: protecting our coastal dollars, transparency in operations to ensure efficiencies and maintaining the capacity necessary to move forward with all deliberate speed. These issues are vital to restoring our coast.

Our 2016 Legislative Platform and Policy Priorities

In 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the state of Louisiana took the bold intentional step to form the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and charged it with developing and implementing an integrated, science-based coastal restoration plan.

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New CPRA Chairman Ready to Shake Things Up

When newly elected Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Johnny Bradberry would be his new point person on coastal issues, there was a lot of curiosity among coastal activists and stakeholders. After all, Bradberry had spent his entire career in the private sector except for a stint as Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development in Governor Kathleen Blanco’s Administration. During his time at DOTD, Bradberry forged a reputation as a highly organized and results-oriented taskmaster who placed a high premium on project prioritization, management, and completion. That approach was on display and credited for a lot of the quick recovery following the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Plucked from the private sector once again – most recently from Volkert, Inc., an engineering and environmental, firm where he served as vice president of business development – Bradberry left no doubt about who will be in charge of overseeing billions of dollars of state and federal funding to manage the state’s coastline.

  

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Restoration on the Half Shell

2014 SOC LOGOCRCL’s mission is to drive bold, science-based action to rebuild our coast through outreach, restoration and advocacy. We believe that one of the most effective ways to propel coastal restoration here in Louisiana is to make sure that everyone is informed and involved. That’s why for the first time ever, as part of our 2016 State of the Coast Conference experience, we are offering Restoration on the Half Shell: Presentations in Non-Technical Language. This half-day program is tailored to folks who might not attend the full, 3-day conference—people who are familiar with the problems facing our coast but want to begin digging deeper into those problems and the solutions. There will be a series of presentations and panel discussions in clear, non-technical language with some of the leading professionals in the field.

The presentations and discussions will be divided into two distinct 1.5 hour sessions that will be lively, entertaining, informative, and aimed at addressing the fundamental topics concerning our coast. The first session will answer questions such as:

  • What are we losing?
  • Why are we losing it?
  • What can we do about it?

The second session will cover specific aspects such as:

  • Is restoration worth it?
  • Sediment diversions—how fast can we start building one?
  • Defining a path forward and discussion on how we can accelerate the restoration process

The audience will be encouraged to participate in this enthralling discussion with an expert panel after each series of presentations—so prepare your questions! We look forward to engaging everyone in the conversation.

The cost for this comprehensive, half-day experience is only $25 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks with the other conference goers (a great networking opportunity!) and full access to all posters and exhibits. To register or get more details on the schedule and session topics, go to: stateofthecoast.org.

OSRP Update

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It’s been a year and a half since CRCL launched its Oyster Shell Recycling Program, and we have come a long way! What began as a pilot program quickly grew into the largest shell recycling program in the nation. Partnering with 26 New Orleans area restaurants, we’ve collected over 1,700 tons of oyster shell that was originally headed for landfills. Now, we’re working to return this shell to our coastal waters.

Last November, we kicked off the volunteer component of the OSRP, and have since engaged 151 volunteers who have bagged 113 tons of oyster shell! This shell will be used to create an artificial oyster reef in Louisiana’s Biloxi Marsh. In recent years, artificial reefs have become important tools for coastal restoration because they provide a multitude of ecosystem services: they protect the shoreline by reducing wave action, they provide critical habitat for marine life, and they encourage new land to build by capturing sediment behind the reef. The CRCL oyster reef will use 700 tons of oyster shell, stretch approx. 2,600 feet, and protect 0.45 miles of fragile shoreline. We are looking to complete construction of the reef later this summer.

For more information regarding the program, follow this link to check out our new interactive Story Map. If you are interested in volunteer with us, sign up to receive updates here.

And remember: Once you chuck ‘em, don’t just shuck ‘em!

Volunteers Make Contribution to Restoration

The Coalition’s Habitat Restoration program is going strong! What began in 2000 as a way to engage and educate the local community in coastal issues with hands-on opportunities has grown into a fully-fledged restoration program. We’ve engaged over 11,000 volunteers in the last 15 years, from Louisiana and across the Southeast. Together, we’ve planted more than 3,000,000 native coastal plants and improved 4,550 acres of coastal land vital to our community’s economy, industry and culture.

We’ve been hard at work this winter! With the unwavering support of our volunteers, we’ve planted 10,000 trees over the last two years in the Caernarvon outfall; this active diversion area brings freshwater and sediment from the Mississippi River into the surrounding marsh. Our young saplings will help to hold the soil in place as they grow, actively building back the land that has been lost to years of subsidence. The trees will also improve the forest’s resilience to storm impacts, and protect inland areas from storm surges and flooding. We’ve recently been awarded the resources to plant another 10,000 by 2018!

As we move into springs, our focus shifts from native trees to marsh grass. We have some exciting volunteer opportunities coming up in the next few months. Click here to learn more and sign-up.

Thank you for your continued dedication to Our Coast, Our Future!

Calendar Updates

 

March

Volunteer to Help Restore Our Coastal Forest
March 31, 2016
Braithwaite, LA

 

April

Volunteer to Help Restore Our Coastal Forest
April 1, 2016
Braithwaite, LA

Volunteer to Help Restore Our Coastal Forest
April 2, 2016
Braithwaite, LA

CWPPRA Technical Committee 
April 5, 2016, 9:30 am
District Assembly Room
7400 Leake Av.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Governor’s Advisory Commission
Wed, Apr 06, 2016 9:30 a.m.
Galvez Building Oliver Pollock
Room 602
North 5th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 9:30 a.m.
LaSalle Building, LaBelle Room
617 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA
 

May

21st Annual Coastal Stewardship Awards Banquet
May 6, 2016, 6:00 pm
201 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Data Flow 2016: Grand Challenges in Water System Modeling, Data Management, and Integration
May 9-10, 2016

CWPPRA Task Force
May 12, 2016, 9:30 am
Estuarine Fisheries and Habitat Center (Conference Room 119)
646 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board
Wed, May 18, 9:30 a.m.
LaSalle Building, LaBelle Room
617 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA

Governor’s Advisory Commission
Wed, May 25, 9:00 a.m.
Galvez Building Oliver Pollock Room
602 North 5th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

June

State of the Coast Conference
June 1-3, 2016
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board 
Wed, Jun 15, 2016
Slidell Municipal Auditorium
Slidell, LA

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