Land loss in Coastal Louisiana threatens the future of communities, cultures and economies, with consequences that reach far beyond the Gulf coast. Scientists predict that a future without action would feature dramatic flooding and significant land loss by 2100, if not earlier. The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) has a vision for the future in which this scenario is avoided. They seek to minimize land loss and reverse the trajectory of change by harnessing the power of nature, specifically the mighty Mississippi River, as a force to build land, together with a number of other restoration tools that will restore the largest delta on this continent.
CRCL represents a unique mix of businesses, local governments, industries, scientific communities, national and local conservation groups, hunters, anglers and a broad spectrum of concerned citizens who all share a common vision and commitment to the sustainability of coastal Louisiana.
Thanks, in large part, to CRCL’s organizing, advocacy and participation in the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign, bold restoration efforts have been proposed by the State of Louisiana through its State Master Plan. The plan is quite audacious, envisioning a suite of large-scale sediment diversions and other restoration projects across the coast, and crafting project portfolios whose efficacy resides in the ability of the successes of one project to compound those of another. In a recent agreement between BRP and the Gulf states and the federal government, billions of dollars will be dedicated to restore damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. CRCL and its partners are working to ensure that those dollars are invested well, in support of the State Master Plan, to maximize the
In support of its policy work, CRCL is working on the ground—often in the mud—to build support for coastal restoration. Over the last 15 years, CRCL has engaged more than 11,000 volunteers and restored more than 4,500 acres of wetlands cross the coast of Louisiana. This ongoing effort has empowered people from all walks of life and from every corner of our state and beyond to take an active role in restoring Louisiana’s disappearing coast.
CRCL is also working to increase support for coastal restoration in its membership and in Louisiana businesses. In Louisiana, there is a notable and increasing awareness in the business community and in some high-profile leaders that coastal restoration is not just about saving wetlands and protecting coastal communities, but also about building economic opportunity. The idea that a ‘restoration economy’ may actually provide jobs and ensure economic as well ecologic sustainability into the future is already part of the public dialogue around this issue in the state.
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Adapting our coasts and building resilience
—Kimberly Davis Reyher, CRCL Executive Director
“The BP settlement presents is an unprecedented opportunity for us to advance restoration for a healthy and sustainable coast.”