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  • RESTORE Council Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding August 13 2015 Posted by lbourg in Federal Policy Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Media Resources Restoration Projects 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 Jimmy Frederick Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 317 2046 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 johnlopez pobox com RESTORE Council Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding National and Local Conservation Groups Call List Positive Step Forward Tremendous Opportunity Ahead for Long Lasting Restoration with BP Settlement New Orleans August 13 2015 Today the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration RESTORE Council released its Funded Priorities List FPL a compilation of restoration projects the Council intends to prioritize for funding following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster These projects will be funded by a portion of RESTORE Act dollars designated for ecosystem restoration from the Transocean Clean Water Act settlement The announced list is now open for a public comment period with comments due September 28 2015 The Council will also hold public meetings on the FPL in each of the Gulf states National and local

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  • A Decade after Katrina, Groups Issue Recommendations for Community Protection, Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 A Decade after Katrina Groups Issue Recommendations for Community Protection Restoration August 11 2015 Posted by lbourg in Community Resiliency Media Resources Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Reports Restoration Projects Science FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Samantha Carter National Wildlife Federation 504 264 6831 carters nwf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Raleigh Hoke Gulf Restoration Network 573 795 1916 raleigh healthygulf org A Resilient Sustainable New Orleans A Decade after Katrina Groups Issue Recommendations for Community Protection Restoration New Orleans August 11 2015 To commemorate the upcoming 10 th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina a coalition of local community and conservation advocacy groups working to restore wetlands around the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet MRGO released a new report today The MRGO Must Go Coalition s report titled 10 th Anniversary of Katrina Making New Orleans a Sustainable Delta City for the Next Century reflects on the progress that has been made since Hurricane Katrina and offers recommendations for ensuring the full protection and long term resiliency of the Greater New Orleans communities including implementing a Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy to protect coastal communities and wetland habitat In conjunction with the report release members of the MRGO Must Go Coalition released the following statement today Hurricane Katrina brought to the forefront the dire need to improve the resilience of New Orleans and its coastal neighbors Katrina barreled onshore churned through MRGO and wreaked havoc in the Greater New Orleans area showing us that levees alone are not enough to protect our people natural resources and economy Today our coastline continues to disappear at the alarming rate of a football field every hour As coastal wetlands wash away with them go our natural defenses Healthy wetlands and barrier islands serve as natural buffers defending us against storms Without slowing down this land loss crisis we will continue to be vulnerable to storms sea level rise and the growing risks of climate change Ten years later we have made great strides toward both restoration and protection The closure of MRGO the passing of the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan the adoption of an Urban Water Plan and major upgrades to structural protections like levees and storm surge barriers are all true marks of progress for our region However the critical work to achieve protection and resiliency is really just beginning We must continue to implement a Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy against storms including community level planning and preparedness urban storm water

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/08/11/a-decade-after-katrina-groups-issue-recommendations-for-community-protection-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Gulf Restoration Groups Ready to Put Billions to Work to Bring Back Gulf | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Ready to Put Billions to Work to Bring Back Gulf July 2 2015 Posted by lbourg in BP Oil Disaster Clean Water Act Federal Policy Media Resources Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA 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 Jimmy Frederick Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 317 2046 jimmy frederick crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 johnlopez pobox com Gulf Restoration Groups Ready to Put Billions to Work to Bring Back Gulf Region s economy and well being are based on strong resilient ecosystem New Orleans LA July 2 2015 National and local 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 of an agreement in principle between the Gulf states federal government and BP for its role in the largest U S offshore oil disaster in history Although the settlement will not be finalized for several weeks the agreement will dedicate billions of dollars to restore damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill In sharp contrast to the decades long litigation following the Exxon Valdez spill federal and state leaders have wasted no time in closing this case Their swift work means meaningful restoration efforts are imminent Their leadership at this moment is invaluable While we await key details one thing is clear As soon as the settlement is final it will be time to put that money to work We need our leaders to make sure that every dime of this settlement is used as it is intended to address oil spill impacts and repair long standing ecosystem damage We cannot afford to wait any longer The Gulf ecosystem is the backbone of the local economy and our primary defense from storms during hurricane season This settlement which promises to be the largest environmental settlement in American history is an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate and expand the response to the devastating harm caused by the spill and to build lasting resilience into the essential ecosystems of the Gulf We are especially encouraged that the settlement will

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/07/02/gulf-restoration-groups-ready-to-put-billions-to-work-to-bring-back-gulf/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Opening of Hurricane Season a Timely Reminder of Urgent Need for Coastal Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Opening of Hurricane Season a Timely Reminder of Urgent Need for Coastal Restoration Leading conservation groups call for action as storm season commences New Orleans LA May 28 2015 Prior to the June 1 start of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season 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 statement The start of the 2015 hurricane season and the approaching 10 th anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are powerful reminders of the need to restore Louisiana s coast in order to better protect our communities The looming storm season should serve as a warning flag to state and federal officials of the urgency for implementing and fully funding science based coastal restoration solutions Wetlands serve as the primary line of defense against storm surge for New Orleans Houma Lake Charles and all of Louisiana s coastal communities Restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Chenier Plain are the cornerstones of the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy which incorporates natural and manmade features to better protect this vital region Without restoration of Louisiana s coast other efforts to protect against storm surge and damage will provide little more than stopgap solutions The destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 10 years ago demonstrated the urgent need to fortify and restore coastal barrier islands cheniers and wetlands to provide strong storm defenses that can work in concert with levees and other structural solutions Our coast is disappearing at the alarming rate of a football field every hour As our wetlands disappear so does the natural protection they provide for millions of coastal residents hundreds of billions of dollars in oil and gas infrastructure one of the nation s most productive seafood industries and its critical navigation system Nearly 10 years after Katrina and Rita we urge the RESTORE Council to fund large scale restoration projects in the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan and for the Louisiana Legislature to fully implement this plan before it s too late Background Louisiana has made important strides in the 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Federal and state authorities have Instituted the 2012 Coastal Master Plan for restoring Louisiana s coast and protecting coastal communities Created the RESTORE Council to prioritize funding for restoration projects with fines received from BP and other companies responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster Closed the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet MRGO channel that increased Hurricane Katrina s destructive power in the greater New Orleans area Started implementing over 200 projects across 20 parishes including those aimed at rebuilding and protecting marshes barrier islands and other natural buffers But there is a long road

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/05/28/opening-of-hurricane-season-a-timely-reminder-of-urgent-need-for-coastal-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Conservation Groups Commend Congressional Funding of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Conservation Groups Commend Congressional Funding of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects Funding will help advance crucial long needed Louisiana coastal restoration efforts Washington D C May 21 2015 Today the U S Senate Committee on Appropriations included critical funding for the Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Program in its Fiscal Year 2016 FY 16 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill The legislation comes after a request in the President s FY 16 budget of 50 000 for LCA General Investigations and 10 million for LCA Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials BUD Mat Construction The U S House of Representatives also included these levels of funding it its FY 16 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill 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 thank the U S Senate Committee on Appropriations as well as the U S House of Representatives for recognizing the importance of the Mississippi River Delta and dedicating funding to the Louisiana Coastal Area Program which will restore this nationally significant ecosystem We would especially like to thank Senator David Vitter R LA Senator Bill Cassidy R LA Congressman Steve Scalise R LA and Congressman Cedric Richmond D LA for their bipartisan leadership in shepherding this funding through Congress We stand prepared to assist the U S Army Corps of Engineers the state of Louisiana and the Louisiana congressional delegation to advance LCA projects via all possible funding streams including FY 16 appropriations With each passing day we lose more of the Louisiana coast that is home to millions of Americans provides billions of dollars of economic activity and is vital wildlife habitat for thousands of species We can make great strides on a path forward to restoring our rapidly disappearing coastline but we must dedicate urgently needed resources to restoration projects that will build land now Background The state of Louisiana has demonstrated a solid commitment to LCA by including many of its projects in the state s 2012 Coastal Master Plan Not only will the LCA projects work in concert with a suite of projects to enhance coastal restoration but the master plan also identifies other funding sources including state dollars to implement the entire restoration effort In fact several distinct LCA project components are already under construction and slated to be completed relying on these varied funding streams Additionally the state of Louisiana has by statute directed its federal RESTORE Act funding allocations to the constitutionally protected Coastal Restoration and Protection Fund to be spent solely on projects in the master plan Seeing the need to stem the degradation of the Mississippi River Delta system Congress committed to restore the

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/05/21/conservation-groups-commend-congressional-funding-of-louisiana-coastal-restoration-projects/ (2016-05-01)
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  • NOAA Study Confirms BP Oil Spill Led to Dolphin Deaths in Northern Gulf of Mexico | 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 NOAA Study Confirms BP Oil Spill Led to Dolphin Deaths in Northern Gulf of Mexico May 20 2015 Posted by lbourg in 5 Years Later BP Oil Disaster Media Resources NOAA Reports Science 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 NOAA Study Confirms BP Oil Spill Led to Dolphin Deaths in Northern Gulf of Mexico Leading Conservation Groups Call on BP to Accept Responsibility for Continued Environmental Damage New Orleans LA May 20 2015 Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA released a peer reviewed study confirming that the 2010 Gulf oil disaster contributed to an increase in dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico Examining dolphins including those in Barataria Bay La an area hit particularly hard with heavy oil in 2010 scientists found that contaminants from petroleum in BP oil caused lung and adrenal lesions that led to death in these dolphins In response national and local conservation groups working on Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast restoration including Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation issued the following statement BP has spent millions of dollars trying to dodge responsibility and convince the American public that wildlife and habitat in the Gulf were minimally impacted by its hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled in 2010 Just two months ago BP marked the fifth anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster by releasing a report claiming the Gulf had largely recovered from the spill Despite BP s best claims this new NOAA study definitively links the increased dolphin deaths in Barataria Bay with the 2010 Gulf oil disaster and is yet another example of the extensive and destructive impact that BP s oil unleashed on the people wildlife and environment of the Gulf Additional scientific research conducted through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment indicates that dolphins a top predator are experiencing impacts from BP s oil and are still dying at higher than normal rates due to oil exposure in the Gulf ecosystem Last fall BP was found to be grossly negligent for its actions in the Gulf oil disaster This study is a stark reminder that the oil is still in the Gulf it s still causing sickness and death in some species and it s still affecting the entire ecosystem It s time for BP to stop denying the true impacts of the spill and accept responsibility for its actions so that meaningful restoration can proceed Background Since the BP oil disaster five years ago ongoing findings deliver truths omitted by BP s

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/05/20/noaa-study-confirms-bp-oil-spill-led-to-dolphin-deaths-in-northern-gulf-of-mexico/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Leading Conservation Groups Praise Passage of HCR1, Funding 2015-2016 Coastal Annual Plan | Restore the Mississippi River 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 Leading Conservation Groups Praise Passage of HCR1 Funding 2015 2016 Coastal Annual Plan May 19 2015 Posted by lbourg in Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA Media Resources 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 HCR1 Passes Legislature Funding 2015 2016 Coastal Annual Plan Leading Conservation Groups Praise Passage as Recognition of Coastal Restoration Priorities New Orleans LA May 19 2015 Today House Concurrent Resolution 1 HCR 1 the funding vehicle for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority s 2015 2016 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration made its final passage through the state legislature with unanimous approval of the Senate The annual plan funds coastal restoration and hurricane protection for a three year period through the authorization of 884 million in spending towards new and existing projects This authorization will fund some of the 19 priority projects for restoring Louisiana s coast as identified by the Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition In response coalition organizations including Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation issued the following statement The Louisiana Legislature demonstrated continued commitment to coastal restoration and protection issues by passing HCR1 today As we mark the tenth year since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated our communities at no point is this commitment more important than now

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/05/19/leading-conservation-groups-praise-passage-of-hcr1-funding-2015-2016-coastal-annual-plan/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue April 17 2015 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in 5 Years Later BP Oil Disaster Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts 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 Andrew Blejwas The Nature Conservancy 617 785 7047 ablejwas tnc org Rachel Guillory Ocean Conservancy 504 208 5816 rguillory oceanconservancy org RESTORATION GROUPS CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO MAKE LEADERSHIP ON GULF RESTORATION A PRIORITY ISSUE Five years after the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster nation s largest environmental groups ask the President to accelerate restoration Washington D C April 17 2015 Today groups working on Gulf restoration called on President Obama to redouble the administration s efforts to hold BP accountable for the oil disaster that started five years ago and continued for nearly 90 days making it the largest oil spill in U S history The groups including Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation The Nature Conservancy and Ocean Conservancy released the following joint statement The communities and wildlife along the Gulf Coast are still suffering from the worst oil spill in U S history Today we stand with the people and the communities of the Gulf and the ecosystems that provide their homes and livelihoods and ask President Obama and his administration to make Gulf of Mexico restoration a national priority Five years ago President Obama promised to do whatever is necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy It s time to renew that commitment Not only must BP be held fully accountable for the harm it caused in the Gulf but

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/04/17/restoration-groups-call-on-president-obama-to-make-leadership-on-gulf-restoration-a-priority-issue/ (2016-05-01)
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