What coastal restoration questions do you have for Louisiana’s gubernatorial candidates? Now is your chance to ask them! The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is a sponsor of the upcoming Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) gubernatorial debate on November 10 at 7:00 p.m. Central, and we want to hear from you.
Finding solutions to restore Louisiana’s vanishing coast will be high on the list of challenges the next governor will face – a recent survey found 85 percent of voters believe restoration of coastal Louisiana should be a high priority for the new governor. With that in mind, LPB has agreed to consider coastal restoration-related questions submitted by you to ask the candidates during the debate.
Have a coastal restoration question for the candidates? Submit it here by Monday, November 2, and the moderators just might ask your question.
And be sure to tune in to LPB on November 10 at 7:00 p.m. for the debate to see if your question is asked!
Learn more and take the pledge at RestoreTheCoast.org!
By Jimmy Frederick, Communications Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Ten years ago the beaches of Cameron Parish were under 15 feet of Gulf of Mexico water as Hurricane Rita slammed ashore. Rita was the second major hurricane to hit Coastal Louisiana in less than a month in 2005 and was, in fact, stronger than Hurricane Katrina when it made landfall. The storm surge inundated coastal communities as far inland as Lake Charles and left thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed. The shoreline of Cameron Parish took a direct hit and was virtually washed away by the fury that was unleashed by Hurricane Rita. But 10 years later, it’s not a story of destruction or devastation it’s a story of hope and recovery and that’s evident by the fact that so many people gave of their time and effort to continue the recovery of the Cameron Shoreline.
On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) led more than 330 volunteers in planting 60,000 plugs of dune grass and repairing two miles of sand fence. The dune grass acts like a net both above and below the sand. Above the beach, the grass catches blowing sand helping to form the dunes. Below the sand, the roots help hold the sand, silt and soil in place to prevent erosion.
But, coastal restoration is more than a one day event. As important as this restoration effort was, more must be done. We are losing our rich, productive wetlands and beaches, and the protection they provide. In Southwest Louisiana, the Cameron Shoreline is all that stands between vital coastal communities and the Gulf of Mexico. It is the only natural buffer that protects our livelihoods and our culture from hurricanes and other storms.
Want to get involved? To join CRCL for an upcoming restoration project or to become a member, visit crcl.org.
You can also show your support for coastal restoration by taking the pledge to urge leaders to be a powerful voice for coastal restoration. Take the pledge at RestoretheCoast.org!
Help save our coast! The future of our state depends on it!