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  • Press Release: La’s Gubernatorial Candidates Declare Positions on Coastal Restoration Fiscal Issues | 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 Press Release La s Gubernatorial Candidates Declare Positions on Coastal Restoration Fiscal Issues November 18 2015 Posted by lbourg in Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Louisiana s Gubernatorial Candidates Declare Positions on Key Coastal Restoration Fiscal Issues Coastal Restoration Groups Publish Position Statements by Vitter Edwards New Orleans LA November 18 2015 Earlier today 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 in partnership with Coast Builders Coalition published position statements by Louisiana s gubernatorial candidates on two important fiscal issues related to coastal restoration that the next governor will face early in his term These statements were in response to an official letter delivered to both candidates on November 9 in which the groups asked the candidates to provide their positions on how they would handle two key coastal issues once in office The first question involves the payback of Greater New Orleans Area Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System HSDRRS by the state of Louisiana to the federal government Louisiana owes approximately 93 million per year for the next 30 years to pay off its debt The groups asked the candidates how they might manage this enormous fiscal obligation Both candidates indicated they would not use existing coastal funds to repay this obligation and

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/11/18/press-release-las-gubernatorial-candidates-declare-positions-on-coastal-restoration-fiscal-issues/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Key Sediment Diversions Advance | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 767 4181 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 jlopez saveourlake org Groups Pleased As Key Sediment Diversions Advance Coastal Restoration Funds Protected CPRA Board Moves Forward on Two Diversion Projects Proposes Using GOMESA Funds for Highway Elevation October 21 2015 Baton Rouge Today Louisiana s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA board announced two major developments First CPRA recommended advancing both the Mid Barataria and Mid Breton sediment diversion projects in the Coastal Master Plan which will reintroduce fresh water and sediment from the Mississippi River into its surrounding collapsing wetlands and rebuild land over time Secondly the CPRA board voted to approve a new proposal to use Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act GOMESA money rather than funds previously committed to projects in the state s Coastal Master Plan for elevating Louisiana Highway 1 The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition which includes Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation issued the following statement in response We are pleased to see CPRA leverage the most current and best available science to move forward the Mid Barataria and Mid Breton sediment diversions projects into engineering and design The urgency and severity of our collapsing delta requires that we use the most powerful tools at our disposal Sediment diversions provide the best opportunity to restore the coast over time preserving our communities industries and entire way of life We will continue to pursue and understand the science behind diversions but there is no scientific uncertainty about our physical reality we live in a landscape built by the river disappearing because we have cut the delta off from the river This announcement is an important step toward getting sediment diversions up and running We re in a race against the clock and forces of nature We need to move forward at full speed while ensuring efficiency and transparency in the steps ahead Louisiana Highway 1 is a critical corridor for our state and national economic vitality We believe that the elevation of Highway 1 is eligible for GOMESA funding and we join with the LA1 Coalition in pursuit of adequate funding for this and other coastal infrastructure projects We support the development of a prioritization system that would allow for up to 10 percent of GOMESA revenues to be spent on coastal infrastructure projects with a focus on projects that are directly impacted by coastal wetland loss This system should reflect the significant role of coastal infrastructure projects such as Highway 1 which contribute to energy security community resiliency and the national state and local economy This is a long standing and well understood aspect of GOMESA and does not veer from any prior commitments to restoration We are gratified that the state has made the right decision in considering an appropriate funding source for this coastal infrastructure improvement project and has not moved forward with using oil

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/10/21/groups-pleased-as-key-sediment-diversions-advance-coastal-restoration-funds-protected/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Governor Jindal’s Plan to Redirect Coastal Restoration Funding is Bad for Louisiana | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Governor Jindal s Plan to Redirect Coastal Restoration Funding is Bad for Louisiana October 9 2015 Posted by lbourg in Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA coastal restoration Media Resources RESTORE Act Restore the Coast Governor Jindal s Plan to Redirect Coastal Restoration Funding is Bad for Louisiana Conservation Groups Launch Ad Campaign Opposing Jindal Funding Proposal New Orleans Oct 9 2015 A coalition of local and national conservation groups will sponsor paid print and online advertisements in newspapers across south Louisiana this weekend opposing Governor Bobby Jindal s proposal to redirect money from the Coastal Master Plan to fund the elevation of Louisiana Highway 1 The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition which includes Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation implores in the ads Protect our Coastal Master Plan funding Tell the Governor NO By asking the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to use any excess restoration funds to pay for elevating LA 1 Gov Jindal is trying to walk away from the state s commitment to preserve coastal funding for projects in the state s Master Plan While the money from the BP criminal and civil fines will jumpstart our efforts to restore the coast it won t come close to finishing the job That is why it s crucial to protect every dime of restoration money said Steve Cochran campaign director for Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Redirecting funds is a slippery slope that weakens our state s credibility threatens our ability to secure future funding and puts our future at risk The print advertisements will run in the Times Picayune The Advocate Plaquemines Gazette St Bernard

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/10/09/governor-jindals-plan-to-redirect-coastal-restoration-funding-is-bad-for-louisiana/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Conservation Groups Pleased to See Gulf Restoration Efforts Advance | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Conservation Groups Pleased to See Gulf Restoration Efforts Advance October 5 2015 Posted by lbourg in BP Oil Disaster Federal Policy Media Resources Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Elizabeth Van Cleve Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 evancleve edf org Jacques Hebert National Audubon Society 504 264 6849 jhebert audubon org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Jimmy Frederick Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 767 4181 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 jlopez saveourlake org Conservation Groups Pleased to See Gulf Restoration Efforts Advance NRDA Trustees Release 1 500 Page Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan NEW ORLEANS October 5 2015 Today the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA Trustees released their draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan DARP for the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 oil disaster The U S Department of Justice BP and the five Gulf states also released their proposed Consent Decree to finalize the 20 8 billion agreement in principle resolving state and federal government claims against BP from the Gulf oil disaster In response to these announcements national and local conservation organizations working on Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation released the following statement More than five years after the oil disaster we are encouraged to see Gulf restoration move forward with release of the NRDA Trustees draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan While we have not yet engaged on the details of the plan we applaud the Trustees for their work to get to this point The oil disaster damaged hundreds of miles of shoreline killed more than one million birds mammals and other wildlife and we will not know the full environmental effects of the spill for decades to come The NRDA process will help bring the Gulf back to the state it was before the spill and the release of this plan is a positive step toward that end It is also encouraging to see the concept of maximizing sediment delivery included in the DARP and the recognition of the potential value of that approach through river diversions We are also pleased to see forward movement on finalizing the settlement with BP Once the consent decree is approved it will provide a steady funding stream to the Gulf funds that are vital to the restoration and long term ecological health of the region In Louisiana this money will help fund the state s Comprehensive Master Plan for

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/10/05/conservation-groups-pleased-to-see-gulf-restoration-efforts-advance/ (2016-05-01)
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  • New Poll Finds 94 Percent of Louisianians Will Consider a Candidate’s Coastal Platform When Voting | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife New Poll Finds 94 Percent of Louisianians Will Consider a Candidate s Coastal Platform When Voting September 21 2015 Posted by lbourg in coastal restoration Media Resources Restoration Projects Restore the Coast FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Poll Finds 94 Percent of Louisianians Will Consider a Candidate s Coastal Platform When Voting Majority Want Next Governor to Protect Coastal Restoration Funding Make Restoration a Priority NEW ORLEANS Sept 20 2015 This fall Louisianians will elect a new governor who will have a significant role in moving forward the state s 50 year Coastal Master Plan Nearly 94 percent indicate that a candidate s commitment to protect and restore coastal Louisiana will be important to them when they vote according to a new statewide poll of registered likely voters released today Those surveyed also recognize the important role the next governor will have in protecting existing funding and securing additional funding for projects contained in the master plan An overwhelming majority 90 percent want the next governor to ensure funds currently dedicated to coastal restoration are not spent on anything but coastal restoration and 87 percent want the next governor to work to identify and secure additional funding for future projects identified in the state s Coastal Master Plan Across the board the poll found tremendous statewide support for coastal restoration 85 percent believe restoration of coastal Louisiana should be a high priority for the new governor 95 percent want the new governor to commit to move quickly and get started building coastal restoration projects 78 percent believe protecting and restoring coastal Louisiana is as important as other issues facing the state 97 percent say Louisiana s coastal areas and wetlands are important to

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/09/21/new-poll-finds-94-percent-of-louisianians-will-consider-a-candidates-coastal-platform-when-voting/ (2016-05-01)
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  • MRGO Must Go Coalition Applauds $3 Billion Court Decision Moving Critical Restoration Forward | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 MRGO Must Go Coalition Applauds 3 Billion Court Decision Moving Critical Restoration Forward September 2 2015 Posted by lbourg in coastal restoration Media Resources Mississippi River Gulf Outlet For Immediate Release Contact John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 jlopez saveourlake org Samantha Carter National Wildlife Federation 504 264 6831 carterS nwf org MRGO Must Go Coalition Applauds 3 Billion Court Decision Moving Critical Restoration Forward 10 years after Katrina critical ecosystem and storm buffer still awaits restoration NEW ORLEANS September 2 2015 In a landmark decision last week U S District Court Judge Lance Africk of the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled in favor of the State of Louisiana finding that the U S Army Corps of Engineers Corps must pay the full 3 billion cost of restoring wetlands damaged by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet MRGO The MRGO Must Go Coalition a group of 17 conservation and community organizations that successfully advocated for the shipping channel s closure in 2009 released the following statement This ruling confirms that the Corps must pay for fixing the damage caused by the construction and mismanagement of the MRGO Restoring the wetlands lost to the MRGO is critical to providing meaningful storm protection to the Greater New Orleans Region We now call on Congress to fulfill its promise and fund this vitally important restoration work The risks to public safety are far too grave to allow further delay In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2007 Congress directed the Corps to close the MRGO and restore the lost wetlands Almost a decade later the Corps still has not scratched the surface on MRGO restoration We ask the Administration and Congress to work together with the Corps to pursue funding and to begin critical restoration work without further delay Our Coalition hopes that the renewed national focus shed on southern Louisiana last week as part of Hurricane Katrina s 10 year commemorative activities is a signal of commitment from the federal government to restore Louisiana s wetlands including those directly bordering New Orleans that were so severely damaged by the MRGO Ten years later the catastrophic damage caused in part by the MRGO during Hurricane Katrina is still visible in neighborhoods such as the Lower 9 th Ward and across St Bernard Parish While this ruling clearly affirms full federal coverage of construction costs for restoration of this ecosystem the gravity of this situation requires all involved agencies including the State of Louisiana to do everything in their power to advance and complete MRGO restoration projects to the fullest

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/09/02/mrgo-must-go-coalition-applauds-3-billion-court-decision-moving-critical-restoration-forward/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President Obama to Prioritize Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Restoration August 26 2015 Posted by lbourg in coastal restoration Community Resiliency Economy Federal Policy Hurricane Katrina K10 Media Resources Restoration Projects FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Elizabeth Van Cleve Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 evancleve edf org Jacques Hebert National Audubon Society 504 264 6849 jhebert audubon org Jimmy Frederick Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 767 4181 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 jlopez saveourlake org Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President Obama to Prioritize Restoration Coastal Restoration Is Key to City s Long Term Resiliency and Administration Has Opportunities to Advance Efforts NEW ORLEANS LA Aug 26 2015 As President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush prepare to visit New Orleans to commemorate the 10 th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this week 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 issued the following joint statement In the coming days President Obama two former U S Presidents and other leaders will honor the thousands of lives lost and bring well deserved attention to the progress Louisiana and the Gulf Coast have made since the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina a decade ago However the job here is far from finished Louisiana s coastal wetlands its first line of defense against future storms and a key driver for the health of the Gulf continue to vanish at the stunning rate of one football field an hour We look to President Obama to prioritize restoration of Louisiana s disappearing coast for the remainder of his term and in doing so leave a legacy of lasting resilience for the region President Obama and leaders across government must maximize the impact of restoration efforts by protecting existing revenue streams for restoration ensuring that the parties involved are working together effectively and prioritizing funding for large scale ecosystem projects that will most significantly benefit the region The pending BP settlement provides a tremendous immediate opportunity to do that with billions of dollars that can be dedicated now to the most critical ecosystem projects Gulf wide including substantial investments in the Mississippi River Delta This is not just a Louisiana crisis it s a regional and national issue Louisiana s coast and its communities are powerful economic engines for shipping energy seafood and other industries that feed and fuel the nation and support millions of jobs across America Katrina was the wake up call We certainly hope the Gulf Coast never has a repeat of that level of devastation But unless meaningful coastal restoration moves forward and is funded for the long term we leave the people wildlife and industries across the Louisiana coast at immense risk And because of the flow of funds resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill the President and his Administration

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/08/26/conservation-groups-commemorate-katrina-anniversary-by-urging-president-to-prioritize-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Launches “Restore the Coast” Community Engagement Campaign | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    the Coast Community Engagement Campaign August 14 2015 Posted by lbourg in coastal restoration Community Resiliency Economy Media Resources Restoration Projects 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 Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Launches Restore the Coast Community Engagement Campaign Campaign Highlights Important Role Louisiana Leaders Play in Coastal Restoration August 14 2015 NEW ORLEANS This weekend the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is launching the Restore the Coast community engagement campaign to highlight the important role Louisiana s elected officials play in coastal restoration This multifaceted nonpartisan education campaign will begin by asking voters to sign a pledge urging leaders to be a voice for coastal restoration protect existing and secure future coastal restoration funding and support Louisiana s Coastal Master Plan The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition made up of national and local organizations working on coastal Louisiana restoration including Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation released the following statement announcing the new campaign The Restore the Coast campaign s goal is to demonstrate the importance of coastal restoration as a central issue for all candidates Its initial step will be to encourage Louisiana residents to do two things pledge to vote and urge elected officials to be a voice for coastal restoration so our communities are better protected from hurricanes floodwaters and other disasters We believe that Louisiana needs leaders who protect existing and secure future coastal restoration funding and support the state s Coastal

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/08/14/restore-mississippi-river-delta-coalition-launches-restore-the-coast-community-engagement-campaign/ (2016-05-01)
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