Latest releases

  • Media Advisory for April 10: The Gulf Oil Disaster: Four Years Later, Visit Oiled Wetlands & Restoration Sites
    Interview and Boat Trip Opportunities
    “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…" (read more)
  • Media Advisory for Feb. 20: “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…” (read more)
  • 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
    “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…” (read more)
  • 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 FundNational Wildlife FederationNational Audubon SocietyLake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana — issued the following response:" (Read more)

  • 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…" (Read more)
  • 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…" (Read more)
  • 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…" (Read more)
  • 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…” (Read more)
  • 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…" (Read more)
  • New Update from Opening Day of BP Oil Spill Trial
  • "(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…" (Read More)
  • Conservation Organizations Demand BP Accountability for Gulf Oil Disaster
    "(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…" (Read more).
  • Media Advisory for Monday, September 30: The BP Oil Disaster Trial in New Orleans
    "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. New video of gushing oil, visual timeline of oil spill to debut on 16-foot LED billboard outside courthouse…" (Read more).
  • 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:…" (Read more).
  • RESTORE Council Releases Initial Gulf Coast Restoration 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:.." (Read more).
  • Press Release: Gulf Tourism Depends on a Healthy Gulf
    "(New Orleans—July 9, 2013) The coastal environment of the Gulf of Mexico supports a $19 billion annual wildlife tourism industry that is highly dependent on critical investments in coastal environmental restoration, according to a survey released today by Datu Research LLC…" (Read more)
  • Joint Statement in Response to Forty Thousand-Pound Tar Mat Discovered on Louisiana Barrier Island
    "(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.." (Read more)
  • Press Release: Groups Urge Restore Council to Focus on Ecosystem Restoration
    "(WASHINGTON—May 24, 2013) Yesterday, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its draft plan for restoring the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 BP oil disaster. Leading restoration organizations released the following statement in response.." (Read more)
  • $320 Million of BP Money Released for Barrier Island Restoration in Louisiana
    "(Lafitte, LA—April 30, 2013) Today, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that BP has agreed to fund approximately $320 million in barrier island restoration projects in Louisiana. This funding will come from the $1 billion in early Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds that BP agreed to invest in restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster…" (Read more)
  • For Immediate Release: The BP Oil Disaster – Three Years Later
    "(New Orleans, LA—April 16, 2013) Today, as the April 20 three-year memorial of the 2010 BP oil disaster approaches, impacted community members, public officials and local and national conservation groups convened at the site of the ongoing BP trial…" (Read more)
  • Media Advisory: The BP Oil Disaster – Three Years Later
    April 16,2013. "Please join coastal restoration advocates, government officials, business owners and impacted community leaders for a press conference and rally at the federal courthouse in New Orleans, the site of the ongoing BP trial, to mark the three-year memorial of the BP oil disaster…" (Read more)
  • Joint Statement on Upcoming BP Oil Spill Trial and Settlement Reports
    "Washington, D.C. (February 22, 2013) BP is facing tens of billions of dollars in penalties as the U.S. Department of Justice and the British oil giant get ready to start trial Monday over civil charges stemming from the 2010 gulf oil disaster…" (Read more)
  • Restoration Council Starts Critical Conversation with “Path Forward”
    "(WASHINGTON—January 29, 2013) Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its proposed path forward for restoring the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 BP oil disaster. Leading restoration organizations released the following statement in response…" (Read more)
  • Gulf Restoration Groups Praise Historic Settlement for Oil Spill
    January 3, 2013. "(WASHINGTON, DC) Gulf restoration and economic development groups lauded the announcement today from the Department of Justice that it has reached an historic settlement with Transocean for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Today’s $1.4 billion settlement will be paid under the Clean Water Act for civil and criminal penalties. A significant portion of those funds will be used to restore the Gulf, as directed by the RESTORE Act…" (Read more)
  • Restoration Council Starts Critical Conversation with “Path Forward”
    January 29, 2013. "(WASHINGTON—January 29, 2013) Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its proposed path forward for restoring the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 BP oil disaster…" (Read more)
  • Environmental Groups Praise Historic Criminal Settlement
    November 15, 2012. "Leading conservation groups praised the Department of Justice for reaching a historic $4.5 billion settlement on the criminal charges stemming from the 2010 BP oil disaster. This settlement will send $1.2 billion to coastal Louisiana restoration projects with an emphasis on river diversion projects and barrier island restoration…" (Read more)
  • Statement: New BP Oil Slick Proof That 2010 Oil Spill is Not Over
    "(Washington, D.C.—October 11, 2012) Today, a three-mile oil slick that was detected in the gulf last month was confirmed as oil from the 2010 gulf oil disaster. The slick illustrates that the long-term effects of the 2010 spill are unknown and ongoing, and that BP must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law until the ecology and economy of the gulf has been restored…" (Read more)
  • Statement: Army Corps Should Act Quickly to Restore MRGO Damage
    "(September 26, 2012—New Orleans) The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed its March decision on Army Corps liability for catastrophic flood damage related to the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) during Hurricane Katrina, giving the Army Corps immunity under the discretionary-function exception of the Federal Tort Claims Act. Still, the Court acknowledged the MRGO “greatly aggravated the storm’s effects on the city” and the Corps “abused its discretion…" (Read more)
  • Conservation Groups Praise White House for Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Executive Order
    "(Washington, D.C. — September 10, 2012) Today, local and national conservation organizations thanked President Obama for issuing an executive order reinforcing the White House’s commitment to Gulf Coast restoration in the wake of the 2010 gulf oil disaster…" (Read more)
  • Geosynthetics Industry Poised to Grow as Gulf Coast Restoration Ramps Up
    "(Washington, D.C.—July 26, 2012) What are geosynthetics and why are they central to the creation of jobs and expansion of coastal restoration projects? A new Duke University study, “GEOSYNTHETICS: Coastal Management Applications in the Gulf of Mexico,” details how the emerging geosynthetics industry can create jobs benefitting nearly 200 employee locations in 36 states, including more than 72 in the five gulf states and 24 in Louisiana.." (Read more)