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  • Media Advisory: Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Signage Unveiling and Press Conference | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Wetland Triangle Signage Unveiling and Press Conference November 7 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Media Resources Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Media Advisory for Friday November 15 2013 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 Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Signage Unveiling and Press Conference New educational interactive signs teach visitors about need for coastal restoration Each year thousands of people visit the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle viewing platform in New Orleans Lower 9th Ward New signage to be unveiled Nov 15 will help these visitors and residents alike understand what they are seeing when they look out over a cypress ghost swamp in the backyard of a community devastated by Hurricane Katrina Visitors will learn why the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle is important 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 This signage project is a product of The Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development CSED Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Press Conference Details WHAT Press conference signage unveiling and photo and interview opportunities WHEN Friday November 15 10 00 a m CT WHERE Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Viewing Platform Florida Ave at Caffin Ave Lower 9th Ward New Orleans LA 70117 WHO Garret Graves Chair Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana Charles Allen Director Office of

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/11/07/media-advisory-bayou-bienvenue-wetland-triangle-signage-unveiling-and-press-conference/ (2016-05-01)
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  • New Update from Opening Day of BP Oil Spill Trial | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Wax Lake Delta Wildlife New Update from Opening Day of BP Oil Spill Trial September 30 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org New Update from Opening Day of BP Oil Spill Trial Conservation Groups Respond to Day One Debut New Video Timeline of Oil Disaster New Orleans LA September 30 2013 Today phase II of the Deepwater Horizon civil trial began to determine how much BP will be required to pay in fines for the biggest oil spill in U S history Nearly three and a half years after the disaster began BP has yet to pay any of its Clean Water Act civil fines and the Gulf still waits for comprehensive restoration New Statements from Restoration Experts on First Day of Trial Conservation experts from the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign made the following statements on today s trial start The harm from the Gulf oil disaster is done those marshes and beaches are contaminated and only time can heal those wounds What needs to follow is restoring the system restoring the capacity of the delta to build new marsh nourish beaches and provide clean habitat for new generations of pelicans dolphins and sea turtles said David Muth director of Mississippi River Delta Restoration at National Wildlife Federation We need the responsible parties to stop evading responsibility stop shifting blame and to pay up so that Louisiana can implement the critical near term projects from its Coastal Master Plan Creating a healthy sustainable coast is critical to the protection of nationally significant economic sectors along

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/09/30/new-update-from-opening-day-of-bp-oil-spill-trial/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Conservation Organizations Demand BP Accountability for Gulf Oil Disaster | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Conservation Organizations Demand BP Accountability for Gulf Oil Disaster September 27 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Conservation Organizations Demand BP Accountability for Gulf Oil Disaster Deepwater Horizon civil trial resumes groups reinforce need to restore New Orleans LA Sept 27 2013 On Monday Sept 30 phase II of the Deepwater Horizon civil trial will begin to determine how much BP will be required to pay in fines for the biggest oil spill in U S history Today leading national and local conservation organizations Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation released the following statement Nearly three and a half years since the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion killed 11 men and caused the largest environmental disaster in U S history the Gulf still waits for restoration BP s misleading advertising campaigns omit truths and facts Gulf Coast communities wildlife and ecosystems are still harmed and need to be restored Tar mats continue to surface miles of Louisiana shoreline remain oiled and the full effects of the oil spill may not be known for years to come It is time for BP to accept full responsibility for the Gulf oil disaster The natural resources of the Gulf which sustain and bolster regional and national economies need restoration now We cannot wait any longer for our ruined wetlands and barrier islands to be restored Restoration cannot begin in earnest until BP is brought to justice The company has not paid a penny in

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/09/27/conservation-organizations-demand-bp-accountability-for-gulf-oil-disaster/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Media Advisory: Sept. 30: BP Oil Disaster Trial in New Orleans | 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 Media Advisory for Monday September 30 The BP Oil Disaster Trial in New Orleans September 24 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources Contact Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Monday September 30 The BP Oil Disaster Trial in New Orleans N ew video of gushing oil visual timeline of oil spill to debut on 16 foot LED billboard outside courthouse Interview and photo opportunities Phase II of the 2010 BP oil disaster civil trial is scheduled to begin Monday September 30 2013 Representatives from three of America s leading conservation organizations will be onsite at the U S District Court in New Orleans and available for interviews Experts and new visuals will deliver a clear message BP must be held accountable to the full extent of the law for one of our nation s largest environmental disasters Gulf ecosystems and the economies and communities they support are still damaged and must be restored WHAT Interview and photo opportunities with conservation experts before BP trial resumes and during lunch recess A new video with a powerful visual timeline of the oil spill and constant footage of gushing oil will debut on a 16 foot high

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/09/24/media-advisory-for-monday-september-30-the-bp-oil-disaster-trial-in-new-orleans/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Conservation Groups Issue Statement on New Timeline for Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Wildlife tourism Economy Federal Policy Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Conservation Groups Issue Statement on New Timeline for Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion September 20 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Media Resources Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS 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 Conservation Groups Issue Statement on New Timeline for Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion New Orleans LA September 20 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 The Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign commends the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA for adopting an ambitious timeline for the Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Announced at the Authority s monthly meeting in New Orleans on September 18 the state plans to complete environmental review engineering and design documents and permit applications and submit them to the U S Army Corps of Engineers by Spring 2015 Construction could begin later that

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/09/20/conservation-groups-issue-statement-on-new-timeline-for-mid-barataria-sediment-diversion/ (2016-05-01)
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  • RESTORE Council Releases Initial Gulf Coast Restoration Plan | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Wildlife tourism Economy Federal Policy Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife RESTORE Council Releases Initial Gulf Coast Restoration Plan August 21 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in 2012 Coastal Master Plan BP Oil Disaster Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS 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 RESTORE Council Releases Initial Gulf Coast Restoration Plan Groups urge Council to prioritize ecosystem restoration Louisiana Coastal Master Plan in final plan New Orleans LA August 21 2013 Today the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its Initial Comprehensive Plan Restoring the Gulf Coast s Ecosystem and Economy 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 statement We thank the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for its efforts toward a comprehensive plan to restore the invaluable Gulf ecosystem As the Council takes its next crucial step of prioritizing ecosystem restoration projects we urge them to embrace the

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/08/21/restore-council-releases-initial-gulf-coast-restoration-plan/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Gulf Tourism Depends on a Healthy Gulf | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Parish Charlotte Randolph president Lafourche Parish John F Young Jr president Jefferson Parish Capt Ryan Lambert owner Cajun Fishing Adventures Mark Romig president New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation Alon Shaya executive chef Domenica Besh Restaurant Group and Marcy Lowe president Datu Research LLC The study s findings underscore the direct connection between the health of the ecosystem and the economic health of the Gulf region and the urgency for using the pending influx of monies from the RESTORE Act and other payments resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to properly and effectively restore the fragile Gulf Coast ecosystems The conservation solutions that last are the ones that make economic sense and consider the needs of local communities said Scott Burns director of the environment program at the Walton Family Foundation which helped fund the survey This study connects the dots between a healthy Gulf environment abundant wildlife and the good jobs that depend on tourism This report adds to the growing evidence that investing in real restoration in the Gulf is the best way to create jobs and build economic prosperity across the region Datu Research LLC is an economic research firm whose principals were part of the Duke University Center on Globalization Governance Competitiveness They have previously released three analyses of supply chains associated with the work of coastal restoration showing that more than 400 businesses in 36 states would benefit from such work This study was funded by Environmental Defense Fund with support from the Walton Family Foundation Part II Supporting comments Comments from participants in release of study Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy John Young president Jefferson Parish This study further supports the direct link between a healthy coastal environment and a robust economy which depends on a 19 billion wildlife tourism industry The well being and continued growth of our coastal communities depend on the health of the Gulf restoring and strengthening our fragile ecosystems and promoting a wildlife tourism industry which can thrive not only in Jefferson Parish but in all Gulf Coast states Billy Nungesser president Plaquemines Parish Plaquemines Parish and Louisiana are the nation s premier delta coastline We are strategically positioned as the fishing capital of the world the sportsmen s paradise state and the seafood capital of the United States and these factors which make Plaquemines and Louisiana unique depend on the health of our coast Michael Hecht president CEO Greater New Orleans Inc Tourism overall including wildlife tourism provides 2 6 million jobs across the Gulf States and many of these are with small businesses To protect this vital economic base as well as other important coastal industries we must prioritize large scale coastal restoration projects that will ensure a stable coast and healthy environment Mark Romig president New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation New Orleans attracts the experiential discover type of tourist one who enjoys using the city as a base to go out and explore any authentic and unique aspects of the city and region

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/07/09/gulf-tourism-depends-on-a-healthy-gulf/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Forty Thousand-Pound Tar Mat Discovered on Louisiana Barrier Island | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    2543 eskree edf org Forty Thousand Pound Tar Mat Discovered on Louisiana Barrier Island Effects of 2010 Gulf oil disaster still evident more than three years later New Orleans June 26 2013 Recent news reports have confirmed the discovery of a massive 40 000 pound tar mat directly offshore of Grand Terre a barrier island about 90 miles south of New Orleans This announcement comes on the heels of a declaration earlier this month by the Coast Guard and BP that cleanup from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster is over in Alabama Florida and Mississippi Meanwhile in Louisiana crews are still monitoring more than 80 miles of coastline Today Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation issued the following joint statement A twenty ton tar mat on Grand Terre is a vivid reminder that the effects of the 2010 Gulf oil disaster are far from over despite BP s glossy ad campaigns saying otherwise It is time for BP to be held accountable for its lasting damages to Gulf ecosystems economies and communities Three years after the disaster which released more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf we are still experiencing BP oil across our Louisiana shorelines and throughout our precious marshes Many barrier islands bore the brunt of the damage from the oil disaster and islands like Grand Terre are vitally important to Louisiana and the entire Gulf ecosystem Barrier islands provide a first line of defense against storm surge protecting communities and habitats and they are also nurseries and breeding grounds for many species of Gulf fish wildlife and migratory birds BP misleads audiences when it declares cleanup victory in the Gulf It may try to sweep this recent news under the rug but it s going to take a pretty big broom to hide a 40 000 pound tar mat While reports say that the tar mat is only 15 percent oil and 85 percent sand shells and water the entire 40 000 pound mat is considered hazardous material and must be removed from the area This tar mat is but the latest reminder of the massive amounts of remaining oil and the ongoing need for restoration We cannot let BP off the hook when we are continuing to see new evidence of damage to our ecosystem and economy from its oil We may never be able to clean up all of the BP oil that inundated our marshes and wetlands but we can take on large scale restoration of our coast including barrier islands like Grand Terre to combat the effects of BP s oil and restore the entire Gulf Coast Through the RESTORE Act and full BP accountability still to be settled in court we have the opportunity for justice and a healthy Gulf future within reach Related Posts Conservation Organizations Demand BP Accountability for Gulf Oil Disaster NWF tour finds BP oil still soaking Louisiana marshes menacing wildlife New Evidence of BP Oil Spill Effects Revealed Today Time

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/06/26/forty-thousand-pound-tar-mat-discovered-on-louisiana-barrier-island/ (2016-05-01)
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