5 Reasons we all should support LA’s Coastal Master Plan
Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan goes before the legislature in a few weeks for approval of the largest ecosystem restoration program ever undertaken in the U.S. and the America’s WETLAND Foundation knows of at least five good reasons it deserves unanimous approval of our lawmakers and why everyone should support the plan.
5 Great Reasons to Support Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan:

  • The state’s coastal planning efforts build confidence for future federal investments and the assurance that large penalties directed our way, such as the monies from the Deepwater Horizon spill, will be put to immediate use.
  • A secure Louisiana coastline supports the majority of jobs in our state and finances all aspects of our state’s budget.
  • Huge investments being made in restoration are creating a new coastal industry that will result in thousands more jobs and will establish Louisiana as a global leader in coastal science and restoration and protection solutions. As other coastlines throughout the world face similar challenges, our status as a leader in these fields will pay dividends long into the future.
  • Pay now or pay so much more later. The faster projects get on the ground, the greater chance of stemming the land loss and the cost of inaction or even a slow down of action will cost billions more in the long run.
  • Louisiana’s coast – America’s Wetland – is essential to our nation’s economy, our livelihoods, our way of life and our very survival as a state.

Leaders Declare a Continuous Emergency at AWF Summit
U rging citizens, government leaders, businesses and non-governmental organizations to recognize a continuous storm destroying Louisiana’s coast, R. King Milling, chair of America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF), opened a summit on the national significance of Louisiana’s coastal master held at Lod Cooke Alumni Center in Baton Rouge on February 16, 2017.

Ticking off a list of threatened environmental, navigation, energy and transportation assets housed in Louisiana’s wetlands, Milling said, “The lower Mississippi will be threatened by future storms that will materially impact international trade and commerce, which has been the cornerstone of wealth and community vitality from Arkansas to Minnesota. These conditions constitute the very definition of emergency.”

Community Coffee Builds Support For AWF Projects
Community Coffee has introduced a new Amber Sunrise blend and has committed to donate as much as $25,000 to America’s WETLAND Foundation. The New Amber Sunrise Blend is made from 100 percent Arabica coffee beans.

AWF’s Demonstration Project Still Protecting Shoreline – More than a Year Later
Completed in early 2016, by AWF and its partners, the one-mile project was completed in less than six months by piggybacking on an existing permit and replacing costly rock embankments with an innovative and eco-friendly approach: a combination of natural and recycled products. The results of the project were dramatic – in less than six months, the unprotected embankment eroded by 8 to 10 feet, while the protected berm was stable, more than a year later, providing habitat for numerous marine and wildlife species.

Fact Check TRUE: Louisiana is losing a football field every hour
In 2005 AWF popularized the notion of equating Louisiana’s coastal land loss rate to a football field. On March 20, 2017, that analogy was once again proven true – thanks to FactCheck.org – the popular analogy was again proven true.

Foundation’s Managing Director Addresses eRotaryCoastal
The Foundation’s Managing Director, Val Marmillion presented a talk at the eRotaryCoastal Meeting on March 30, 2017, entitled “Fighting Coastal Erosion from the Front Lines.”

eRotaryCoastal (District 6200) includes 25 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, known in other parts of the country as counties. It stretches along the Louisiana coastline beginning at the edge of the Texas/Louisiana border and moving eastward just west of New Orleans. Read more here.

Louisiana’s Largest Coastal Project Completed Below Port Fourchon
La. Governor John Bel Edwards unveiled the newly-completed restoration of the Caminada Headlands, a 13-mile stretch of beach and dune running from the Belle Pass outlet of Bayou Lafourche eastward to Caminada Pass at the end of Elmer’s Island on March 21, 2017. Read more here.

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