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  • Water Management Industry Eclipses Oil & Gas as Jobs Leader | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Resources Reports 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 Water Management Industry Eclipses Oil and Gas as Jobs Leader in Southeast Louisiana Second Across Entire Coastal Zone Rapidly growing industry brings high paying jobs helps grow Louisiana economy NEW ORLEANS February 25 2016 The water management sector represents the largest economic driver in southeast Louisiana and the second largest in southwest Louisiana according to new analysis released today by the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Economic drivers such as water management oil and gas maritime petrochemical video production and hospitality and tourism are industries that drive regional growth and are indicators of economic development With nearly 44 000 jobs water management is the second largest industry driver across the entire Louisiana Coastal Zone second only to oil and gas In southeast Louisiana the water management industry has eclipsed the oil and gas maritime and hospitality industries as the leading jobs creator The water management industry is growing faster than any other major sector within Louisiana s Coastal Zone and has the highest average wage among driver industries 69 277 per year And while other industries have been losing jobs water management which includes coastal restoration coastal protection and urban water management has added more than 5 700 jobs in southeast Louisiana since 2010 and provides significant opportunities for Louisiana workers Also today Greater New Orleans Inc released its State of the Sector report on the water management industry This analysis focuses on specifics of current and future water management workforce job opportunities over the next ten years in the Greater New Orleans region The report includes detailed information on current workforce demographics projected top middle and high skill occupations and sample career ladders The report also provides insights into the factors driving growth and determining the current and future water management workforce needs in southeast Louisiana See more at http gnoinc org stateofthesector As our state works to address its budget challenges it is important to remember that investing in coastal restoration will create jobs and grow the economy in addition to protecting existing businesses and communities said David Muth National Wildlife Federation s Gulf Restoration Director representing the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Investments made today in water management will more than pay off in the long run as our region becomes an economic hub for coastal restoration and climate resiliency while also helping to protect the people industries and wildlife that call coastal Louisiana home With the influx of funds from the Gulf oil disaster and other federal sources the water management sector is poised to continue to grow fueling the economy of coastal Louisiana and the entire

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/02/24/water-management-industry-eclipses-oil-and-gas-as-jobs-leader-in-southeast-louisiana-second-across-entire-coastal-zone/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Gulf Restoration Groups Call on Oil Spill Trustees to Run Open Process | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Restoration Groups Call on Oil Spill Trustees to Run Open Process February 23 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in BP Oil Disaster coastal restoration Federal Policy Media Resources Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA 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 Gulf Restoration Groups Call on Oil Spill Trustees to Run Open Process Standard Operating Procedures for Spending 7 1 Billion in Funding Should Engage Public New Orleans February 23 2016 Gulf restoration advocates are calling on federal agencies to increase transparency and public feedback opportunities as the agencies implement a 7 billion restoration program over the next 15 years These renewed calls for openness come in response to the release of the Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan which describes how the BP Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees will plan for administer and implement restoration efforts Groups including Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Ocean Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy issued the following statement The Trustees are about to embark

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/02/23/gulf-restoration-groups-call-on-oil-spill-trustees-to-run-open-process/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Groups Challenge Proposed Raids on Coastal Funds | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Groups Challenge Proposed Raids on Coastal Restoration Funds February 10 2016 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in 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 Groups Challenge Proposed Raids on Coastal Restoration Funds Conservation organizations urge Administration Congress to protect GOMESA funds for Louisiana coastal restoration Washington D C February 10 2016 In response to the release of President Obama s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal and the U S Senate debate on energy legislation national and local conservation groups working together on Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana released the following statement We oppose any efforts by the Administration or Congress that undercut commitments to restore critical ecosystems in Louisiana s Mississippi River Delta where we are losing 16 square miles of vital wetlands every year a preventable coastal erosion crisis These wetlands which are nationally significant for both our environment and economy will be lost without concerted and immediate investments And those investments currently underway through implementation of the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan absolutely depend upon Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act GOMESA funding

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/02/10/groups-challenge-proposed-raids-on-coastal-restoration-funds/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Louisiana Releases Draft Annual Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Louisiana Releases Draft Annual Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection January 12 2016 Posted by jhebert in 2012 Coastal Master Plan Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA coastal restoration Diversions Restoration Projects State Legislature 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 Louisiana Releases Draft Annual Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection Plan Includes CPRA s Recommendations for Two Sediment Diversions BATON ROUGE La January 12 2016 Last week Louisiana s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA released its draft Fiscal Year 2016 2017 Annual Plan for Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana This year s Annual Plan expands on last fall s recommendation by CPRA to advance two sediment diversion projects at Mid Barataria and Mid Breton CPRA is required by the state legislature to produce an Annual Plan that reports on the progress of projects as well as project funding schedules and budgets The agency will host a series of three public meetings this week in Lake Charles New Orleans and Thibodaux and is accepting comments on the draft plan National and local conservation groups working together on Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana released the following statement The drafting of the Annual Plan is a vital part of the restoration process in Louisiana It gives CPRA the opportunity to take inventory of projects in the Coastal Master Plan project real dollars to continue progress and communicate directly with the public on the status and potential futures of specific projects We are pleased to see the most current and best available science from the Coastal Master Plan process continue to drive prioritization and planning by CPRA As the Annual Plan says the Mid Barataria and Mid Breton sediment diversions must continue to move forward into engineering and design and eventually implementation Sediment diversions like these provide the best opportunity to restore our coast over time They use the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to help rebuild our collapsing delta the power sediment and water from the Mississippi River itself Our disappearing land can only survive

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/01/12/louisiana-releases-draft-annual-plan-for-coastal-restoration-and-protection/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Louisiana Governor-Elect Appoints New Leader for Coastal Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Louisiana Governor Elect Appoints New Leader for Coastal Restoration January 5 2016 Posted by jhebert in Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA coastal restoration Media Resources 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 Louisiana Governor Elect Appoints New Leader for Coastal Restoration BATON ROUGE La January 5 2016 Today Louisiana Governor Elect John Bel Edwards announced that Johnny Bradberry is his appointee for Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities In this position Bradberry will also serve as the Chairperson of the state s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Bradberry who is a former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development succeeds current Chair Chip Kline who took the position in February 2015 National and local conservation groups working together

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/01/05/louisiana-governor-elect-appoints-new-leader-for-coastal-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Funding for Louisiana Coastal Area Program Included in Omnibus Spending Bill | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Funding for Louisiana Coastal Area Program Included in Omnibus Spending Bill December 17 2015 Posted by jhebert in Army Corps of Engineers coastal restoration Congress Federal Policy Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Media Resources Water Resources Development Act WRDA 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 Funding for Louisiana Coastal Area Program Included in Omnibus Spending Bill Money Will Help Advance Critical Coastal Restoration Projects WASHINGTON Dec 17 2015 Yesterday the U S Congress unveiled a year end spending bill that includes more than 10 million in funding for the Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Program The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 is expected to be approved in coming days by the full Congress This funding includes 10 million for LCA Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials BUD Mat Construction and 50 000 for LCA General Investigations and reflects a request in the President s FY 16 budget These levels were previously included in both U S House and U S Senate versions of FY 16 Energy and Water Appropriations bills National and local conservation groups working together on Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana released the following statement We commend Congressional leaders and the House and Senate Appropriations Committees for including critical funding for the Louisiana Coastal Area Program in this year end spending bill LCA projects will help restore critical wetlands throughout the Mississippi River Delta which will protect Louisiana s vital coastal infrastructure and natural resources We would especially like to thank the Louisiana Congressional delegation for their bipartisan efforts and dedication to Louisiana s coast The Mississippi River Delta is home to more than 2 million people and countless wildlife and birds and is an economic engine for the entire nation providing billions of dollars in economic activity Ten years after Hurricane Katrina and five years after the Gulf oil disaster this funding provides a critical opportunity to advance much needed coastal restoration We are gratified by the commitment to restoration the Obama Administration and Congress have shown in advancing the restoration program in fiscal year 2016 and we look forward to continued progress in the years ahead The state of

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/12/17/funding-for-louisiana-coastal-area-program-included-in-omnibus-spending-bill/ (2016-05-01)
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  • RESTORE Council Votes to Approve Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 RESTORE Council Votes to Approve Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding December 9 2015 Posted by jhebert in BP Oil Disaster Federal Policy Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Media Resources Restoration Projects RESTORE Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RESTORE Council Votes to Approve Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding December 9 2015 Biloxi Miss Today the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration RESTORE Council voted to approve its first Funded Priorities List FPL a compilation of restoration projects the Council will prioritize for funding and implementation following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster This set of projects will be funded by a portion of RESTORE Act dollars designated for ecosystem restoration from the Transocean Clean Water Act settlement National and local conservation organizations working on Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Ocean Conservancy The Nature Conservancy Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation released the following statement in response to today s announcement We congratulate the RESTORE Council and staff on their efforts to finalize this Funded Priorities List Our organizations look forward to continuing to monitor projects as they move into the implementation phase Additionally now that the BP settlement is near final the RESTORE Council and the Gulf states have a tremendous opportunity ahead to achieve broader meaningful restoration and lasting resilience for the essential

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/12/09/restore-council-votes-to-approve-priority-list-of-gulf-restoration-projects-for-funding/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Governor Jindal’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Coastal Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Governor Jindal s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Coastal Restoration November 20 2015 Posted by lbourg in Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Governor Jindal s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Coastal Restoration Conservation groups urge legislature to use rainy day fund not coastal dollars to fill gaps New Orleans LA November 20 2015 Today the joint budget committee of the Louisiana state legislature held a hearing to discuss the state s mid year budget cuts to reduce a budget deficit Proposed cuts include a more than 6 million reduction of the state s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority s budget more than seven percent of the agency s total budget The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition comprised of national and regional conservation groups Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation issued the following statement in response Coastal restoration dollars are for building wetlands and protecting communities not filling budget gaps At this definitive point in our state s history when we have the opportunity to leverage dollars from the BP settlement to make significant progress on coastal restoration cutting the coastal restoration budget is shortsighted and dangerous

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/11/20/governor-jindals-proposed-budget-cuts-threaten-coastal-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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