Latest releases

  • Restore the Mississippi River Delta Launches "Restore the Coast" Community Engagement Campaign                                                                                                              "(NEW ORLEANS – August 14, 2015) This weekend, the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is launching the “Restore the Coast” community engagement campaign to highlight the important role Louisiana’s elected officials play in coastal restoration. This multifaceted, nonpartisan education campaign will begin by asking voters to sign a pledge urging leaders to: be a voice for coastal restoration, protect existing and secure future coastal restoration funding, and support Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan." (Read more)
  • RESTORE Council Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding                                                                                                                                            "(NEW ORLEANS – August 13, 2015) Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council released its Funded Priorities List (FPL) – a compilation of restoration projects the Council intends to prioritize for funding following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster." (Read more)
  • A Decade after Katrina, Groups Issue Recommendations for Community Protection, Restoration                                                                                                                    "(NEW ORLEANS – August 11, 2015) To commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a coalition of local community and conservation advocacy groups working to restore wetlands around the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) released a new report today…" (Read more)
  • Gulf Restoration Groups Ready to Put Billions to Work to Bring Back Gulf           Region’s economy and well-being are based on strong, resilient ecosystem
    “(NEW ORLEANS — July 2, 2015)In sharp contrast to the decades-long litigation following the Exxon Valdez spill, federal and state leaders have wasted no time in closing this case. Their swift work means meaningful restoration efforts are imminent. Their leadership, at this moment, is invaluable…" (Read more)
  • Opening of Hurricane Season a Timely Reminder of Urgent Need for Coastal Restoration
    Leading conservation groups call for action as storm season commences
    “(NEW ORLEANS — May 28, 2015)The start of the 2015 hurricane season and the approaching 10th anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are powerful reminders of the need to restore Louisiana’s coast in order to better protect our communities…" (Read more)
  • Conservation Groups Commend Congressional Funding of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects
    Funding will help advance crucial, long-needed Louisiana coastal restoration efforts
    "(Washington, D.C. — May 21, 2015) Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations included critical funding for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Program in its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 16) Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. The legislation comes after a request in the President’s FY 16 budget of $50,000 for LCA General Investigations and $10 million for LCA Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials (BUD Mat) Construction. The U.S. House of Representatives also included these levels of funding it its FY 16 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill…" (Read more)
  • NOAA Study Confirms BP Oil Spill Led to Dolphin Deaths in Northern Gulf of Mexico
    Leading Conservation Groups Call on BP to Accept Responsibility for Continued Environmental Damage
    "(NEW ORLEANS — May 20, 2015) Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a peer-reviewed study confirming that the 2010 Gulf oil disaster contributed to an increase in dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Examining dolphins, including those in Barataria Bay, La. – an area hit particularly hard with heavy oil in 2010 – scientists found that contaminants from petroleum in BP oil caused lung and adrenal lesions that led to death in these dolphins…" (Read more)
  • Leading Conservation Groups Praise Passage of HCR1, Funding 2015-2016 Coastal Annual Plan
    Leading Conservation Groups Praise Passage as Recognition of Coastal Restoration Priorities
    "(NEW ORLEANS — May 19, 2015) Today, House Concurrent Resolution 1 (HCR 1) – the funding vehicle for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s 2015-2016 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration – made its final passage through the state legislature with unanimous approval of the Senate. The annual plan funds coastal restoration and hurricane protection for a three-year period through the authorization of $884 million in spending towards new and existing projects…" (Read more)
  • Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue
    Five years after the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, nation’s largest environmental groups ask the President to accelerate restoration
    "(Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2015) Today, groups working on Gulf restoration called on President Obama to redouble the administration’s efforts to hold BP accountable for the oil disaster that started five years ago – and continued for nearly 90 days – making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The groups, including Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and Ocean Conservancy released the following joint statement…" (Read more)
  • Five Years after BP Oil Spill: Focus Should Be on Continued Need for Restoration
    Leading Conservation Groups Challenge BP to Stop Campaign of Misinformation, Fund Restoration
    "(NEW ORLEANS — April 16, 2015) Monday, April 20, marks five years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and spewing at least 3.19 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In advance of the memorial, leading national and local conservation organizations working on Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast restoration – Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation – released the following statement…" (Read more)

  • Five Years Later: Gulf Oil Disaster’s Impacts to Habitat and Wildlife Still Evident
    Leading Conservation Groups Highlight BP Spill’s Ongoing Effects, Continued Need for Restoration
    "(NEW ORLEANS — March 31, 2015) Five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and spewing at least 3.19 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, leading national and local conservation organizations working on Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast restoration – Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation – released the following statement…" (Read more)
  • Survey Says Majority of Americans Believe BP Should Pay Maximum Gulf Oil Spill Fines
    70 percent say oil company should be fined the maximum allowed under the Clean Water Act
    "(NEW ORLEANS – February 6, 2015) A new national survey reports that 70 percent of Americans polled nationwide believe “BP should be fined the maximum amount allowed under the Clean Water Act” for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill…" (Read more)
  • Conservation Groups React to Coastal Restoration Cuts in President's Budget
    Proposed budget jeopardizes critical wetlands restoration
    "(NEW ORLEANS – February 4, 2015) On Monday, President Obama unveiled a $4 trillion proposed budget that would tap more than $3 billion in future oil and gas revenues from Gulf Coast states to pay for other national conservation priorities. This shift would divert monies from coastal restoration projects in Louisiana…" (Read more)
  • Coalition Responds to Jerome Zeringue's Resignation from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
    Chip Kline, current deputy director of Governor’s Office of Coastal Affairs, named successor
    "(NEW ORLEANS – January 26, 2015) Last week, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that Chip Kline would replace Jerome “Zee” Zeringue as chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Kline is currently the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities…" (Read more)

  • Louisiana Governor Cuts Coastal Funds, Jeopardizing Coast
    Budget cuts will impact restoration programs and raises question of how state will pay for Coastal Plan
    "(NEW ORLEANS – January 21, 2015) On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced budget cuts including cuts to Louisiana coastal programs and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Agency (CPRA)…" (Read more)

  • Final Phase of BP Oil Spill Trial to Begin Next Week
    BP must be held fully accountable for its role in nation’s largest oil disaster
    "(NEW ORLEANS – January 15, 2015) On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the third and final phase of the BP oil spill civil trial will begin in New Orleans. This concluding portion of the trial will determine how much BP will be required to pay in Clean Water Act fines for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil disaster…" (Read more)
  • Conservation Groups Release Restoration Solutions for Mississippi River Delta
    New report recommends a series of science-based restoration efforts to benefit coastal Louisiana
    “(NEW ORLEANS – December 9, 2014) Today, leading national and local conservation groups released a report outlining 19 priority projects for restoring the Mississippi River Delta following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster…" (Read more)
  • 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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, D.C. — 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 — 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
    "(NEW ORLEANS — 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, D.C. — 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
    "(Washington, D.C. — January 3, 2013) 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”
    "(Washington, D.C. — 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
    "(NEW ORLEANS — September 26, 2012) 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)