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A $100M Step Toward Restoring the Gulf

11/24/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced a second round of Gulf restoration projects, totaling $99.2 million. A total of 25 projects across the Gulf will seek to restore and increase the resilience of the Gulf’s natural resources. Over […] Read more >

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A Bird’s Eye View of Coastal Erosion

11/14/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

Each day I pass an egret on the way to work that lingers in the watery ditches in my town. It amuses me that this elegant bird seems to give little concern to the cars that are passing within ten […] Read more >

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Restoration Funding Bill Dies in La. Senate Committee

6/4/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

A bill that was meant to protect Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration and Protection Fund (Coastal Fund) quietly died before it hit the Senate floor in Baton Rouge. Louisiana House Bill 490 (HB490), a bill that received unanimous support in the House, […] Read more >

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A Simple Solution to Fix Louisiana’s Coastal Fund

5/1/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

Updated Below Pelicans used to flock to Cat Island in Louisiana to nest, but it was one of many islands that was heavily damaged by the oil spill. The island, once full of mangroves and pelican nests, has degraded as […] Read more >

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Gulf Coast Wetlands Rapidly Declining

1/8/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The Gulf of Mexico is losing more wetlands than anywhere else in the United States and it is losing them more rapidly than ever before, according to a new federal report that assessed the status of wetlands in the United […] Read more >

Defending Habitat Restoration for Louisiana Brown Pelicans

8/22/2013 // By Kelly Wagner

The diverse wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta support more than 400 bird species, including the brown pelican, but these wetlands are disappearing at an astonishing rate. Unfortunately, one of our best hopes for restoring the delta habitat, the Mid-Barataria […] Read more >

[credit: NOAA] "Researchers collect a urine sample from Y12, a 16-year-old adult male bottlenose dolphin caught near Grand Isle, Louisiana in August 2011."

Speak Up for Gulf Restoration to Honor Dolphin Y12

6/26/2013 // By Kelly Wagner

  At the third anniversary of the Gulf oil spill this spring, NWF reported more than 650 dolphins were found stranded in the oil spill area since the Gulf oil disaster began–more than four times the historical average. It is […] Read more >

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Shortsighted Senate Water Bill Will Damage Rivers and Wildlife, Fleece Taxpayers

5/15/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Today, the Senate voted 83-14 to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, S.601. Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said in response: This shortsighted bill will leave Americans at greater risk of flooding, damage […] Read more >

Mississippi River’s newest distributary in danger of being closed

3/18/2013 // By Emily Guidry Schatzel

Last year during Mardi Gras, the Mississippi River carved a small outlet through its bank and found a shorter route to the Gulf of Mexico.This was the river’s way of naturally reconnecting with its surrounding wetlands — a natural delta process […] Read more >

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For Gulf Restoration, Every Dollar Counts

3/7/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

This weekend I had the opportunity to discuss what BP might face at trial for the Gulf oil disaster with some eloquent thought leaders, including Tulane political science professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry. We discussed the continuing “unusual mortality event” […] Read more >