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  • Who We Are | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    America s Economy Restoration Projects Restoration Projects Interactive Map of Projects Project Regions Project Types Project List Key Principles Our Work Overview 10 FAQ s about restoring the delta Science Public Policy 2012 Coastal Master Plan RESTORE Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment Economics Blog Media Room Media Resource Us in the News Latest Delta News Fact Sheets Press Releases Reports and Resources Videos About Who We Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer About Who We Are What We Do Meet our Experts Contact Upcoming Events RELATED SOURCES Related About Take Action Delta Dispatches Staff Profiles Restore the Mississippi River Delta A Campaign of Made possible through the Vision Reconnecting the Mississippi River to its delta to protect people wildlife and jobs Read more about our vision here Our Goals Created a science based comprehensive plan to restore the Mississippi River Delta Establish a joint state and federal governance team with authority capacity and leadership to implement a plan Secure the necessary funding to implement the restoration projects that will reverse the Mississippi River Delta s decline Work with communities scientists economists and policy makers to expand

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  • Using science, policy and outreach to restore the delta. | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer About Who We Are What We Do Meet our Experts Contact Upcoming Events RELATED SOURCES Related About Take Action Delta Dispatches Staff Profiles What We Do Restore the Mississippi River Delta is made up of campaign staff from Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation working collaboratively to restore the Mississippi River Delta We are located in Houma New Orleans and Baton Rouge Louisiana Washington D C and around the United States Science Our staff scientists provide the technical expertise and analysis upon which all our campaign efforts and policies are based They provide technical guidance and partner with the state of Louisiana and the Army Corps of Engineers on proposed projects plans and restoration priorities They provide decision makers with information on the evolving threats to the delta and feasibility of solutions They conduct original research synthesize existing research to provide critical analyses and help guide the academic scientific community to research questions that have an applied purpose in restoration decisions Public Policy Our state and federal policy experts craft policies that will help restore the Mississippi River Delta and that are pragmatic enough to have bipartisan and broad based stakeholder support They write and disseminate white papers and reports on what policies are needed for delta restoration as well as provide comments on the effectiveness of restoration policy decisions and plans put forward by the federal and state agencies Economics Our economic policy experts are coming up with policies that will turn restoring wetlands into economically profitable opportunities Working with communities that rely on healthy ecosystems and individuals who make their livelihood through use of the abundant natural resources of the delta they

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  • Meet our Experts | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    then Governor Buddy Roemer He served as Legislative Director in D C then Field Director and ultimately Chief of Staff to the Governor He can be reached at scochran edf org John A Lopez Ph D Executive Director Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation A physical scientist John has been the director of LPBF s Coastal Sustainability Program which conducts coastal restoration and research since 2005 Born in New Orleans he holds a Masters in Geology from the University of Southern California and a Ph D in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of New Orleans He worked for the U S Army Corps of Engineers in Project Management for teh Coastal Restoration Branch including assignments with the Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act CWPPRA and the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Study LCA In 2005 he developed and advocated the Multiple Lines of Defense strategy for coastal Louisiana which has gained broad acceptance throughout the state As part of the investigation into the 2011 Mississippi River flood John and his staff documented the overbank flooding in the Bohemia Spillway John and his coastal team developed a new coastal monitoring program called hydrocoast As director he coordinates LPBF activites with numerous local and national NGO s and universities From 2009 to the present he has served on the state s Framework Development Team to advise on the state s new Master Plan for 2012 He is currently a member of the Coastal Advisory Committee for South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East and the Caernarvon Interagency Advisory Committee He can be reached at jlopez saveourlake org Douglas J Meffert D Env MBA Vice President and Executive Director Audubon Louisiana As head of Audubon Louisiana Doug leads the organization s Mississippi River Delta restoration work and is involved in protection of many globally significant Important Bird Areas through Audubon s work in the Rainey Conservation Alliance and coastal waterbird conservation efforts Doug has a long history in the state most recently as director of project development and associate professor at Tulane University s Payson Center for International Development and as the executive director of RiverSphere an initiative to develop a new campus for the university oriented to water resources and renewable energy Prior to those posts Doug was deputy director of the Center for Bioenvironmental Research a joint project of Tulane and Xavier Universities In addition Doug has served as Tulane s representative on a range of coastal research and policy committees including the Framework Development Team for Louisiana s 2012 Coastal Master Plan and the Deepwater Horizon Science and Engineering Review Team Doug received a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard s Graduate School of Design and is a research fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge Mass He holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from Tulane University and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the University of California Los Angeles He can be reached at dmeffert audubon org Kimberly Davis Reyher Executive Director

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  • Upcoming Events | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    and Natural Resources The Delta and America s Economy Restoration Projects Restoration Projects Interactive Map of Projects Project Regions Project Types Project List Key Principles Our Work Overview 10 FAQ s about restoring the delta Science Public Policy 2012 Coastal Master Plan RESTORE Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment Economics Blog Media Room Media Resource Us in the News Latest Delta News Fact Sheets Press Releases Reports and Resources Videos About

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  • Support Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Fact Sheets Press Releases Reports and Resources Videos About Who We Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer RELATED SOURCES Take the pledge to make a difference As a Louisiana resident I know that coastal land loss is a critical problem for all of us Our disappearing coast is an environmental and economic crisis that puts our communities jobs and way of life at risk We need elected officials who share this concern and are committed to protecting and restoring our coast for the people wildlife and industries that call Louisiana home I strongly believe it is crucial to support long lasting science based coastal restoration efforts as outlined in the state s Coastal Master Plan I pledge to vote in the upcoming elections and urge all candidates to support the following restoration principles Be a Voice for Coastal Restoration Progress Louisiana needs leaders who will be a powerful voice for and a constant reminder of the importance of restoring our coast and protecting our communities homes infrastructure and natural resources from the effects of hurricanes floodwaters and other disasters Protect Existing and Secure Future Coastal Restoration

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  • MRD Email Sign-Up Page | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Project Regions Project Types Project List Key Principles Our Work Overview 10 FAQ s about restoring the delta Science Public Policy 2012 Coastal Master Plan RESTORE Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment Economics Blog Media Room Media Resource Us in the News Latest Delta News Fact Sheets Press Releases Reports and Resources Videos About Who We Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take

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  • Take Action today! | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Reports and Resources Videos About Who We Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer RELATED SOURCES The Mississippi River Delta is one of America s greatest natural resources Unfortunately a football field of wetlands vanishes into open water every hour There are solutions but we need your help to implement them HOW CAN YOU HELP TAKE ACTION TODAY Tell Governor Edwards Thanks for Committing to the Coast Louisiana s new governor John Bel Edwards has made strong commitments to restoring our state s coastal wetlands and to ensuring coastal dollars are protected for coastal restoration and protection projects As governor John Bel Edwards recently underscored his commitment by clearly signaling that coastal dollars will not be used to fill gaps in the state s budget The governor sent this strong message by stating that only non coastal dollars from the BP settlement would be on the table Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chair Johnny Bradberry have both echoed this position in recent public statements Join us in thanking Governor Edwards for his commitment to ensuring that coastal dollars go to building

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  • Protect Our Coastal Master Plan Funding: Why It Matters | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    our oil spill dollars on restoring our coast We must safeguard all coastal funding state and federal for coastal restoration and protection projects Why does it matter Our future depends on safeguarding coastal dollars for restoration and we oppose any efforts that would take critical funds away from their intended purposes actual restoration activities Despite Louisiana s immediate budget crisis our future depends on safeguarding coastal dollars for restoration and we oppose any efforts that would take critical funds away from their intended purposes actual coastal restoration activities After years of consistent focus on master plan funding we need to demonstrate now more than ever an ironclad commitment to restoration and protection Our work on this issue Our Coalition recently sent a letter to President Obama signed by 330 groups ranging from local governments and businesses and industry to environmental organizations and community groups asking that he reconsider his 2017 proposed budget that would redirect GOMESA funds away from Gulf Coast restoration Read the letter here We also sent a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards signed by 29 Louisiana business associations chambers of commerce economic development organizations and civic groups urging him to protect funding for coastal restoration and to move forward with implementation of the state s Coastal Master Plan Read the letter here A recent report released by our Coalition found that water management which includes coastal restoration coastal protection and urban water management now represents the largest economic driver in southeast Louisiana and the second largest across the entire coastal zone This means that protecting funding for coastal restoration is a wise investment in our state s future 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

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