October 2018 Newsletter

Governor John Bel Edwards to Keynote Summit
Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the America’s WETLAND Foundation are hosting the  Summit on the Master Plan and Beyond  on November 7, 2018, at Lod Cook Alumni Center at LSU. The Summit will look at progress made to date on the Louisiana’s 2017 coastal master plan and will discuss what the research agenda could look like for the next decade.

Opportunities will be explored for transitional and innovative projects that can be privately funded and complementary to larger scale parish and restoration efforts. Join Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and agency, legislative, industry, NGO and community leaders at the Summit. The America’s WETLAND Foundation would like to thank Chevron and LSU SeaGrant for their support. Check out the invitation here . To RSVP, please email us at info@americaswetland.com.

AWF’s New Website Launched!

AWF is proudly sporting its new website which coincides with the Foundation’s fifteenth anniversary. AWF was established to raise public awareness of the impact Louisiana’s wetland loss has on the state, nation and world, and to gain supportfor efforts to conserve and save coastal Louisiana. AWF’s original website launched in 2003 was updated to include the first land-loss ticker that calculated the amount of wetlands lost based on the now universal metaphor “a football field of wetlands lost every hour”. Tallying over five-million unique visitors in its initial run and launching numerous public education campaigns.

The new website also hosts the Foundation’s newest initiative – the Louisiana Coastal Exchange (LCX) – an inventory and reporting of private sector coastal restoration projects that have been completed or are planned and available for private investment.  The LCX will be launched at the summit in November.

The new website provides a clear message of who we are , what we stand for and what we believe. The website also boasts an improved navigation system with an updated menu that directs you to the information most relevant to your interests. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and portable devices. We would like to thank Covalent Logic  for the clean new design for the site and working with AWF for more than 12 years.

Opposition to One Lake Dam Project on Pearl River
AWF joined 55 other conservation organizations in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking the agency to expand its draft Environmental Impact Statement review to include negative downstream impacts of the proposed new dam. The following organizations signed on to the letter

The letter sites our chief concern; the project will jeopardize downstream coastal restoration projects like oyster reef creation in Biloxi Marsh in eastern Louisiana. The letter describes the negative economic and environmental impacts of the proposed dam, so potentially dire that the Louisiana Legislature passed a law opposing the project and resolutions opposing the project were also passed by the downstream Louisiana communities of Slidell, Bogalusa, Pearl River, and St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.


The Adaptation Generation

The saying, “nothing remains constant except change itself,” could have been the theme of the Coastal Wetland Communities Leadership Forum hosted by AWF in partnership with  RES and sponsored by  BHP on August 29, 2018, at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. That sentiment runs through the forum’s recently released

Key new findings in the report include:
  • Generational timelines will create better benchmarks for adaptation or retreat
  • Moving from Resiliency to Adaptation
  • Recovering Ecosystem Assets in Large-Scale Flood Management
  • Bouncing Forward is Adaptation Hallmark for Future Generations
  • Louisiana Coastal Exchange – Creating Incentives for Private Sector Restoration
  • Advancement in Re-Introduction of Native Plant Ppecies in Commercial and Residential Landscaping
  • Availability of Affordable Insurance
Read the report  here, or more about the report here.