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  • The Gulf Oil Disaster: Four Years Later, Visit Oiled Wetlands & Restoration Sites | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Media Advisory The Gulf Oil Disaster Four Years Later Visit Oiled Wetlands Restoration Sites April 1 2014 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Media Resources Media Advisory for Thursday April 10 2014 The Gulf Oil Disaster Four Years Later Visit Oiled Wetlands Restoration Sites Interview and Boat Trip Opportunities Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org As the fourth memorial of the 2010 Gulf oil disaster approaches join experts from the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation on boat trips in the Louisiana marsh for an on the ground view of wildlife and habitat four years post spill Visit coastal wetlands that still contain visible BP oil and explore restoration projects that could be funded with oil spill fines When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded killing 11 men and dumping 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf the impacts of the disaster to wildlife and habitat were felt all along the Gulf Coast Coastal wetlands around the Mississippi River Delta bore the brunt of the oil as it reached shore affecting both the environment and the economy of Louisiana and the entire Gulf region that depends on the delta The long term effects of the oil disaster may not be fully known for years or even decades to come but new research released this year has revealed enduring impacts to many species including Atlantic bluefin tuna dolphins sea turtles seaside sparrows and others Hear more about current and potential future consequences of the disaster with experts in science wildlife and restoration To participate in the boat trips you must RSVP to Emily Guidry Schatzel by Monday April 7 at 225 253 9781 Boats will be leaving from Myrtle Grove Marina a 45 minute drive from New Orleans Boat Trip Details WHEN Thursday April 10 2014 WHERE Louisiana s Barataria Bay and Bay Jimmy sites that remain oiled from the Gulf oil disaster WHO David Muth Director Mississippi River Delta Restoration National Wildlife Federation Alisha Renfro Ph D Coastal Scientist National Wildlife Federation Erik Johnson Ph D Director of Bird Conservation Audubon Louisiana RSVP To reserve a space you must RSVP by Monday April 7 to Emily Guidry Schatzel at 225 253 9781 Interview Opportunities If you are unable to make the boat trip on April 10 interview opportunities are available with experts in science policy wildlife and restoration issues from our national and local conservation organizations Restoration Experts David Muth Director for Mississippi River Delta Restoration National Wildlife Federation Douglas J Meffert

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2014/04/01/media-advisory-the-gulf-oil-disaster-four-years-later-visit-oiled-wetlands-restoration-sites/ (2016-05-01)
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  • “Bayou Sundance” Documentary to Premiere in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Media Advisory for Feb 20 Bayou Sundance Documentary to Premiere in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward February 14 2014 Posted by Delta Dispatches in Community Resiliency Hurricane Katrina Media Resources Meetings Events Media Advisory for Thursday February 20 2014 Contact Arthur Johnson The Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development 504 421 9643 ajohnson sustainthenine org Bayou Sundance Documentary to Premiere in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward Provocative film details history of Bayou Bienvenue through eyes of community elders and youth The Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle is a degraded bald cypress swamp just north of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans Over the past 50 years human activity has caused the swamp and surrounding ecosystem to erode increasing the city s vulnerability to storms and contributing to catastrophic damage during Hurricane Katrina Through the eyes of community elders and youth Bayou Sundance documents the history of the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle including the decline of nearby wetlands resulting impacts and the area s movement toward rebirth This powerful story captures the importance of urban wetlands natural storm protection for coastal cities and serves as a historical environmental justice case study You are invited to join us for the premiere of Bayou Sundance and to learn more

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2014/02/14/media-advisory-for-feb-20-bayou-sundance-documentary-to-premiere-in-new-orleans-lower-ninth-ward/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Organizations Respond to Landrieu’s Confirmation as Chair of Energy Committee | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Conservation Organizations Respond to Senator Mary Landrieu s Confirmation as Chairwoman of Energy and Natural Resources Committee February 11 2014 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Clean Water Act Media Resources RESTORE Act Senator Mary Landrieu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Conservation Organizations Respond to Senator Mary Landrieu s Confirmation as Chairwoman of Energy and Natural Resources Committee Landrieu a champion for Louisiana coastal restoration Gulf oil spill recovery Washington DC February 11 2014 Today the U S Senate Democratic Caucus confirmed Senator Mary Landrieu as chairwoman of the U S Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources National and local conservation organizations committed to Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana issued the following statement We are pleased to welcome Senator Mary Landrieu as the new chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Senator Landrieu has proven herself to be a champion for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta as well as an effective legislator notably demonstrated by her leadership in crafting and passing the bipartisan RESTORE Act

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2014/02/11/conservation-organizations-respond-to-senator-mary-landrieus-confirmation-as-chairwoman-of-energy-and-natural-resources-committee/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Coalition Responds to Garret Graves’ Resignation from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Coalition Responds to Garret Graves Resignation from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority February 5 2014 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Media Resources PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Coalition Responds to Garret Graves Resignation from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Conservation groups praise vast accomplishments look to continued leadership New Orleans LA February 5 2014 Yesterday Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA Chairman Garret Graves announced he will resign on February 17 A coalition of leading national and local conservation organizations that work on Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana issued the following response The Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition extends our immense appreciation to Garret Graves for his tireless work to restore Louisiana s coast In the face of multiple hurricanes tropical storms and the nation s largest oil disaster Graves overcame enormous challenges while maintaining ongoing focus to identify solutions that address our big picture land loss crisis Graves has been an impassioned effective leader in the fight to reconnect the Mississippi River to its wetlands to create a more sustainable future Thanks to Graves leadership and unanimous legislative support Louisiana has a Coastal Master Plan in place to deliver the suite of science based solutions

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2014/02/05/coalition-responds-to-garret-graves-resignation-from-louisiana-coastal-protection-and-restoration-authority/ (2016-05-01)
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  • New Evidence of BP Oil Spill Effects Revealed Today | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 New Evidence of BP Oil Spill Effects Revealed Today December 18 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org New Evidence of BP Oil Spill Effects Revealed Today Millions of Pounds of Oily Material Cleaned Up in Recent Weeks New Study Links Oil to Dolphin Deaths New Orleans LA December 18 2013 Today two new developments linked BP oil from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster to ongoing wildlife habitat and economic impacts in Louisiana First a new peer reviewed scientific study by a team of government academic and non governmental researchers was released linking BP oil from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster to dolphin deaths and illness in Barataria Bay La an area that saw heavy oiling during the disaster Additionally reports surfaced today that some 1 5 million pounds of oily material have been recovered from the coast of Lafourche Parish in the past few weeks The dolphin study said that the health effects seen in the Barataria Bay dolphins are not only significant but also will likely lead to reduced survival and ability to reproduce The area from which the tar mats were collected spans between Elmer s Island home to many species of birds fish and other species and Port Fourchon La a major economic driver for the Gulf National

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/12/18/new-evidence-of-bp-oil-spill-effects-revealed-today/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Deepwater Horizon Trustees Release Draft Early Restoration Plan | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 Deepwater Horizon Trustees Release Draft Early Restoration Plan December 6 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Deepwater Horizon Trustees Release Draft Early Restoration Plan Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process Moves Forward New Orleans LA December 6 2013 Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA Trustees have released their draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement PEIS and their draft Restoration Plan for Phase III of early NRDA restoration projects These projects which were first announced April 30 will be funded through the 1 billion early NRDA funds that BP agreed to invest in restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster Leading national and local conservation organizations working on Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana released the following statement in response More than three years after the largest oil spill in our nation s history today s announcement is a positive step toward healing the battered Gulf The Natural Resource Damage Assessment process moving forward through release of the PEIS signifies progress toward restoration We encourage the NRDA trustees BP and stakeholders to continue working together to implement these early restoration

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/12/06/deepwater-horizon-trustees-release-draft-early-restoration-plan/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Restoring Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Important to New Orleans, Mississippi River Delta | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Restoring Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Important to New Orleans Mississippi River Delta November 15 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Arthur Johnson The Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development 504 421 9643 ajohnson sustainthenine org Restoring Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Important to New Orleans Mississippi River Delta New interactive signs teach visitors about need for coastal restoration New Orleans November 15 2013 Today new educational interactive signage will be unveiled on the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle viewing platform in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward These signs will help visitors and residents understand what they are seeing as they gaze out over the ghostly remnant snags of a former cypress swamp At this site in the backyard of a community less than five miles from the French Quarter that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina visitors will learn about efforts to restore the ecosystem and the broader critical need for coastal restoration The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana CPRA and parishes have already committed millions of dollars to the restoration of the Central Wetlands area This urban swamp is not just one of the best educational and accessible tools we have to teach our children about the important role wetlands play in our environment but a healthy Mississippi River Gulf Outlet MRGO ecosystem plays a key role in tempering storm surge for these historic Ninth Ward and St Bernard communities said Garret Graves Chair of CPRA We look forward to working with area neighborhoods Orleans and St Bernard parishes and other stakeholders to restore this once thriving area as envisioned in the State s Coastal Master Plan Not long ago Bayou Bienvenue was a freshwater cypress swamp filled with indigenous wildlife but after the completion of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet shipping channel it was left decimated by saltwater intrusion New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Today efforts are underway to restore this natural treasure The new interactive signage will increase awareness of these efforts and the bayou s importance to coastal restoration The signs explain the importance of the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle to the community what has happened to the area since construction of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet MRGO and how the Triangle serves as a portal to the larger land loss issues facing Louisiana s coast Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the signs and the natural areas around them by using their smartphones to watch videos call to listen to coastal experts sign an action alert text BAYOU to donate to the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development s coastal outreach program sign up

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/11/15/restoring-bayou-bienvenue-wetland-triangle-important-to-new-orleans-mississippi-river-delta/ (2016-05-01)
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  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Nearly $68 Million for Louisiana Restoration Projects | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Nearly 68 Million for Louisiana Restoration Projects November 14 2013 Posted by Ryan Rastegar in 2012 Coastal Master Plan Media Resources Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restoration Projects FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Nearly 68 Million for Louisiana Restoration Projects 40 4 million dedicated to Mid Barataria Diversion a critical project to comprehensive coastal restoration New Orleans LA November 14 2013 Today leading national and local conservation and restoration organizations Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation released the following joint statement We applaud the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation NFWF in partnership with Louisiana s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for dedicating 67 9 million to seven key barrier island and river diversion projects including 40 4 million for the Mid Barataria Diversion project The Barataria Basin has one of the highest rates of land loss in the world and this large scale wetland restoration project is crucial to reversing that trend The mid sized Mid Barataria sediment diversion is a key component of Louisiana s

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/11/14/national-fish-and-wildlife-foundation-announces-nearly-68-million-for-louisiana-restoration-projects/ (2016-05-01)
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