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  • Katrina 10 - A Coastal View of Katrina Ten Years Later | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer Subscribe to this blog By RSS feed or email Or subscribe to a bi weekly digest of our blog posts search this blog FOLLOW COASTAL LOUISIANA ISSUES ON TWITTER Tweets by RestoreDelta CATEGORIES 2011 Mississippi River Flood 2012 Coastal Master Plan Coastal Master Plan series Army Corps of Engineers Birds BP Oil Disaster 5 Years Later Two Years Later Climate Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA coastal restoration Community Resiliency Congress Senator David Vitter Senator Mary Landrieu Economics Job Creation Wildlife tourism Economy Federal Policy Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Katrina 10 A Coastal View of Katrina Ten Years Later August 26 2015 Posted by lbourg in 19 Priority Projects coastal restoration Community Resiliency Hurricane Katrina Hurricanes K10 Restoration Projects This week marks a decade since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed into the Gulf Coast killing nearly 2 000 people and devastating communities and coastal wetlands Louisiana has come a long way in the past 10 years in restoring coastal areas that act as a natural buffer against storm surge but there is still much work to do to achieve comprehensive restoration

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/08/26/katrina-10-a-coastal-view-of-katrina-ten-years-later/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Gulf Oil Disaster: 5 Years Later | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Action Protect The Funding Volunteer Subscribe to this blog By RSS feed or email Or subscribe to a bi weekly digest of our blog posts search this blog FOLLOW COASTAL LOUISIANA ISSUES ON TWITTER Tweets by RestoreDelta CATEGORIES 2011 Mississippi River Flood 2012 Coastal Master Plan Coastal Master Plan series Army Corps of Engineers Birds BP Oil Disaster 5 Years Later Two Years Later Climate Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA coastal restoration Community Resiliency Congress Senator David Vitter Senator Mary Landrieu Economics Job Creation Wildlife tourism Economy Federal Policy Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Gulf Oil Disaster 5 Years Later Infographic March 31 2015 Posted by Ryan Rastegar in BP Oil Disaster It s been nearly five years since the start of the BP oil disaster and the negative effects are still being felt New research conducted over the last few years indicates that the Gulf will likely take years even decades to recover Below is a look at some of the unfortunate side effects that are still plaguing the Gulf today Take Action Sign the petition today to make sure BP oil spill fines are put to good use Help spread the word You can help us

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/03/31/5-years-later/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Six Years after the Oil Disaster: Stay the Course on Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Six Years after the Oil Disaster Stay the Course on Restoration April 19 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in BP Oil Disaster FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Jacques Hebert National Audubon Society 504 264 6849 jhebert audubon org Elizabeth Van Cleve Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 evancleve edf org Jimmy Frederick Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 317 2046 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 jlopez saveourlake org Six Years after the Oil Disaster Stay the Course on Restoration With BP Settlement Finalized Time to Put Funds to Work Restoring Louisiana s Coast New Orleans LA April 19 2016 Tomorrow marks six years since the BP Deepwater Horizon rig exploded killing 11 men and spewing more than 3 19 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico Earlier this month U S District Judge Carl Barbier finalized the historic 20 8 billion settlement with BP the largest environmental settlement in U S history for the massive damages caused by the spill Louisiana is poised to receive nearly 8 billion over the next 15 years from the settlement or about half a billion dollars per year which it will use to advance the largest environmental restoration program in the state s history for the benefit of the region and nation As we remember April 20 2010 leading national and local conservation organizations working on Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation released the following statement Six years after the Gulf oil disaster our region is embarking on the largest environmental

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/04/19/six-years-after-the-oil-disaster-stay-the-course-on-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Conservation Groups Praise Governor Edwards’ Executive Order on Coastal Master Plan | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Conservation Groups Praise Governor Edwards Executive Order on Coastal Master Plan April 4 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in 2012 Coastal Master Plan coastal restoration Media Resources State Legislature FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Van Cleve Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 evancleve edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Jacques Hebert National Audubon Society 504 264 6849 jhebert audubon org Jimmy Frederick Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 317 2046 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 jlopez saveourlake org Conservation Groups Praise Governor Edwards Executive Order on Coastal Master Plan Order Underscores State s Prioritization of Comprehensive Coastal Restoration and Protection NEW ORLEANS April 4 2016 Moments ago Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order NO JBE 2016 09 underscoring the state s prioritization of coastal restoration and protection activities and requiring all state agencies departments and offices to adhere to the Coastal Master Plan to the greatest degree possible In response national and local organizations comprising the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation released the following statement This executive order strongly affirmed the state s commitment to coastal restoration and protection today With billions of dollars already invested in a master plan that has benefitted tens of thousands of acres with more forthcoming we applaud Governor Edwards for helping to remove barriers and ensure efficiency in the state s fight to save its coast We re all in

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/04/04/conservation-groups-praise-governor-edwards-executive-order-on-coastal-master-plan/ (2016-05-01)
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  • BP Oil Spill Fines Clear Way for Largest Restoration Effort in U.S. History | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Wildlife tourism Economy Federal Policy Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife BP Oil Spill Fines Clear Way for Largest Restoration Effort in U S History April 4 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in BP Oil Disaster Federal Policy Media Resources RESTORE Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Jacques Hebert National Audubon Society 504 264 6849 jhebert audubon org Elizabeth Van Cleve Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 evancleve edf org Rachel Guillory Ocean Conservancy 504 208 5816 rguillory oceanconservancy org Andrew Blejwas The Nature Conservancy 617 785 7047 ablejwas tnc org BP Oil Spill Fines Clear Way for Largest Restoration Effort in U S History State and federal leaders have once in a lifetime window to make good on promises NEW ORLEANS April 4 2016 Groups working on Gulf restoration lauded news today of the signing of the consent decree between the Department of Justice and BP The agreement is the final step to settling BP s penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster Groups including Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Ocean Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy released the following statement Today s approval

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/04/04/bp-oil-spill-fines-clear-way-for-largest-restoration-effort-in-u-s-history/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Louisiana Business Organizations Tout Significant Economic Potential of Coastal Restoration to Governor John Bel Edwards | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Jacques Hebert National Audubon Society 504 264 6849 jhebert audubon org Jimmy Frederick Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 317 2046 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 jlopez saveourlake org Caitlin Berni Greater New Orleans Inc 504 527 6980 cberni gnoinc org Louisiana Business Organizations Tout Significant Economic Potential of Coastal Restoration to Governor John Bel Edwards Groups Urge Edwards to Protect Coastal Funding Advance Master Plan for Long term Prosperity of State New Orleans March 14 2016 Today the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition sent a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards signed by 29 Louisiana business associations chambers of commerce economic development organizations and civic groups urging him to protect funding for coastal restoration and to move forward with the implementation of the state s Coastal Master Plan The groups thanked Governor Edwards for his leadership in protecting coastal restoration funds from mid year budget cuts and for his continued statements that coastal funds should only be used for coastal restoration and protection Our ongoing land loss crisis creates significant business risks to the many industries that depend on a healthy Gulf ecosystem said the letter A recent study prepared for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority evaluated the economic impact of coastal land loss in the state Their report showed that another 25 years of continued land loss would cost residents and business owners 2 1 billion to replace commercial and residential properties roads rails and pipelines lost due to erosion Disruption to business activities during that same time period would cause an additional loss of 5 8 billion Implementing our Coastal Master Plan can help reduce such losses Investing in coastal restoration will not only reduce the economic impact to businesses and communities but will actually grow the economy through development of a new water management sector and expertise continued the letter The expected infusion of billions of dollars in coming years from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlements GOMESA and other sources will fuel the creation of jobs and expansion of companies working in this sector A recent analysis by the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition based on The Data Center s methodology shows that water management which includes coastal restoration coastal protection and urban water management is the fastest growing industry in southeast Louisiana with more than 32 000 jobs Coastal restoration is not only the biggest job creator in the region it also has some of the highest paying jobs averaging 69 277 per year Coastal restoration projects will not only rebuild our vanishing coast they will create and sustain jobs protect communities and provide a sustainable future for the people and industries that call Louisiana home said Steve Cochran Campaign Director for the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition By safeguarding coastal dollars for coastal efforts the state is keeping its commitment to restoring and protecting Louisiana s coast Coastal restoration and protection will create

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/03/14/louisiana-business-organizations-tout-significant-economic-potential-of-coastal-restoration-to-governor-john-bel-edwards/ (2016-05-01)
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  • 330 Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Critical Funding for Coastal Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife 330 Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Critical Funding for Coastal Restoration March 8 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in 2012 Coastal Master Plan coastal restoration Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Elizabeth Van Cleve Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 evancleve edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Jacques Hebert National Audubon Society 504 264 6849 jhebert audubon org Jimmy Frederick Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 317 2046 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 jlopez saveourlake org 330 Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Critical Funding for Coastal Restoration Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act GOMESA Provides Crucial Source of Restoration Dollars NEW ORLEANS March 8 2016 Today the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition sent a letter to President Obama signed by 330 groups ranging from local governments and business and industry to environmental organizations and community groups in response to his 2017 proposed budget that redirects funds from the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act GOMESA away from Gulf Coast restoration In the letter the signers urge the President to reconsider saying the move would weaken Louisiana s ability to address its severe land loss crisis for the benefit of the region and the country You have demonstrated a long standing commitment to Louisiana s ongoing recovery and its importance to the nation the groups stated in the letter We believe your proposal to redistribute GOMESA dollars is inconsistent with that very worthy commitment and we were disappointed to see it again as a part of the budget discussion this year The letter continues The restoration of coastal Louisiana s wetlands is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act GOMESA will soon provide the only consistent source of federal funds to continue its implementation The U S Congress passed GOMESA in 2006 by an overwhelming majority authorizing the sharing of 37 5 percent of revenues from oil and gas leasing activities with the five Gulf states Other states receive 50 percent of revenues from similar activity that occurs on their lands with no restrictions on how to use the money At the time of passage of GOMESA advocates argued that the Gulf states should receive similar treatment as they support and bear the effects of these activities The letter concludes We respectfully request that you reconsider that approach as you work with us and our communities to build the kind of long term resilience we can achieve Revenue sharing from GOMESA is set to begin in earnest in 2017 GOMESA funding is critical to implementing the state s Coastal Master Plan a science based blueprint that ties

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/03/08/330-groups-call-on-president-obama-to-protect-critical-funding-for-coastal-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • President Obama Announces New Leader of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Obama Administration Announces New Leader of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council March 1 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in Federal Policy Media Resources RESTORE Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Jacques Hebert National Audubon Society 504 264 6849 jhebert audubon org Elizabeth Van Cleve Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 evancleve edf org Rachel Guillory Ocean Conservancy 504 208 5816 rguillory oceanconservancy org Andrew Blejwas The Nature Conservancy 617 785 7047 ablejwas tnc org Obama Administration Announces New Leader of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council U S Department of Agriculture Succeeds U S Department of Commerce as Council Chair Washington D C March 1 2016 Today the Obama Administration announced a new chair for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council RESTORE Council The U S Department of Agriculture USDA will replace the U S Department of Commerce as the lead agency on the Council driving restoration planning and implementation as the Gulf states continue to recover from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster Groups including Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Ocean Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy issued the following statement As the new chair of the RESTORE Council the U S Department

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/03/01/obama-administration-announces-new-leader-of-gulf-coast-ecosystem-restoration-council/ (2016-05-01)
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