November 2017 Newsletter

Private Sector Projects One Solution to Restoration Funds Shortage
AWF's Shoreline Restoration Project
Noting it will require all hands on deck, the America's WETLAND Foundation called for private sector investment in "transitional projects" necessary to shore up the coast as large scale public projects come on line in the future.
 
"Coastal land loss isn't waiting for adequate funding for projects," AWF managing director, Val Marmillion, said. "Private sector sponsored projects can be realized now to sustain wetlands in areas where fresh water marshes are subject to salt water intrusion and eventual land loss."  
 
Read more about this subject below.
 
  
 
Could Private Money Help Save LA. Coast?
 
One wetlands advocacy group thinks so. A coastal advocacy group is creating a registry it hopes will increase private investment in restoring Louisiana's eroding wetlands.
 
Wetlands Linked to a Safer Community
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey will have long-term impacts for Texas, the region, and the nation and here at the America's WETLAND Foundation, our thoughts are with the victims of this disaster. Those who lost their lives and the families who suffer these storm events will be forever the personal witnesses of nature's fury. We are grateful for the first responders and volunteers, including the Cajun Navy and so many others who have rushed into danger to help those in need. Read more....
 

AWF Implores Federal Agencies to Take Immediate Action 
USACE Imploring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to treat permits for the Mid-Barataria diversion with urgency, the America's WETLAND Foundation said we can wait no longer for process and planning. The call for immediate action comes as predictions for the rate of wetland loss in coastal Louisiana has been adjusted upward with release of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan - the worst-case land loss scenarios have now become the best-case projections. Read more...


Foundation's Achievements Highlight of National Report 
Success of programs by the America's WETLAND Foundation to inform the nation and build public awareness and support for wetland restoration is cited in a new report issued by The Association of State Wetland Managers. Wetland managers across America are facing the daunting task of addressing coastal land loss and see the report as an important mechanism to augment their work to engage the public and important coastal interests on serious consequences that  arise with eroding coastlines and wetlands. Read more...
 
 
 
An Orphaned River, A Lost Delta
The America's WETLAND Foundation was asked to contribute to O pe n Rivers: Rethinking  the Mississippi, a publication by the University of Minnesota Institute f or Advanced Study, to explain the ongoing coastal land loss crisis in Louisiana and the Foundation's approach to raise awareness and forge collaborations of diverse interests. Val Marmillion, managing director of AWF, penned a feature article in the journal, entitled, An Orphaned River, A Lost Delta.
 

Support for Performance Contracts for Coastal Restoration
Rep. Walt Leger III 
Without fanfare but with significant possibilities, a bi-partisan bill authored by Rep. Walt Leger III (D) and Rep. Stuart Bishop (R), worked its way through the Louisiana Legislature and onto the Governors desk. The America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF), a  
long time advocate for alternative and private sector financing mechanisms for coastal restoration, applauds the effort.
Read more... 
 
 
 
 
Give the Gift of America's WETLAND 
As the holiday season approaches, give the gift of America's WETLAND.
You'll be helping to save one of the nation's most valuable assets so future generations can continue to benefit from this incredibly productive and fragile coastal area and all that is rooted here, culturally, environmentally, and economically.  
 
Amazon Smile: Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at  smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0192739  and Amazon donates to Americas WETLAND Foundation.
 
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Purchase an America's WETLAND Foundation License Plate : Order your own America's WETLAND Foundation license plate today! Call (225) 925-6371 for more information.
 
Text to Give : Text WETLAND to 20222 to give $10.00. A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All donations must be authorized by the account holder.

Membership
: Join the America's WETLAND Foundation Home Team at americaswetland.com, and become a member today! With your online donation, you will become a vital partner in the Foundation's public education efforts, habitat restoration projects and our roster of successful grassroots initiatives to save the coast for future generations. You can also give the gift of a membership to love ones!  
 
 
In the News 
In case you missed it, below is a compilation of some of the most interesting news stories in recent weeks.

 
One wetlands advocacy group thinks so. A coastal advocacy group is creating a registry it hopes will increase private investment in restoring Louisiana's eroding wetlands.
 
Times Picayune
 
In addition to buffering Louisiana's coast from storms, land built by river deltas acts as a carbon sink by trapping carbon dioxide in soil, according to a recent study published in Nature Geoscience. Deltas are able to trap carbon from the atmosphere in two ways, said Alex Kolker, a researcher with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and an author of the study.
 
 
The home of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians is shrinking. Dulac, Louisiana, 17 miles from the coast, has become a group of land dots in the water as sea levels rise to create a Swiss-cheese topography. According to Barry Yeoman at The Fern, "The U.S. Geological Survey said the larger Terrebonne Basin lost almost 30 percent of its land from 1932 to 2010."
 
 
New Orleans is waking up to the need for a very different approach to water management. We have begun to understand that we need to "live with water" rather than persist in the delusion that we can somehow wall ourselves off from it.
 
Many of the world's largest river deltas began building land around the same time, about 8,100 years ago, according to a new study published in the Journal of Coastal Research. The period when these deltas formed coincides with a time when the rate of sea level rise slowed.
 
 
Learn more about coastal flood risks to Louisiana communities now and in the future, using the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan Data Viewer. This viewer displays the results from the state's most up-to-date analysis of how coastal Louisiana may change over the next 50 years and makes recommendations to help make your home, business, and community safer and more resilient. This information is for coastal planning purposes, and is not appropriate for site-specific decision making.
 
 
The auditing arm of Congress says the costs of climate change are likely to soar in the decades ahead, and it is urging the federal government to get a better grip on the risks to the economy and to the federal budget. The Government Accountability Office, in a report issued on Tuesday, cited a range of research concluding that the costs of worsening droughts, floods, wildfires, heat waves and storms will run into hundreds of billions of dollars and threaten many parts of the economy, while hitting some regions particularly hard.
 
    

 
The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth. The Foundation uses a variety of mediums to communicate with its supporters and the general public. Visit America's WETLAND on Facebook and follow us on Twitter  @AmericasWetland.