Storm Protection / Coastal Issues

You’re invited: Protect the Pearl River

There is major opportunity coming up for you to weigh-in on the destructive “One Lake” plan, which involves creating a new dam and lake on the Pearl River near Jackson, Mississippi. Among other things, this project will impact flooding and water quantity downstream, fill 1800 acres of floodplain wetlands, and likely impact the restoration of …

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Towards a More Equitable and Resilient Houston

In Houston, Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters displaced tens of thousands of residents, flooded more than 70 toxic sites and led to the release of hundreds of thousands of gallons of pollutants. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Gulf Restoration Network and partners flew over Houston and other impacted areas in Texas and Louisiana documenting some …

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Louisiana Hosting Meetings on Annual Coastal Plan

Every year, the state of Louisiana releases a new Annual Coastal Plan the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan – the state’s 50 year, $50+ billion dollar plan to restore the coast and protect communities. The overall Master Plan is a big picture strategic document, which the state updates every 5 years. The Annual Coastal Plan gets …

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Santa Rosa Island Faces Conservation Challenges

Santa Rosa Island is a gem along Florida’s Panhandle coast, with 52 miles of white sand beaches stretching from Destin to Pensacola and buffering the mainland from storms while providing habitat for a great diversity of life. Despite its value to both nature and people, a bill working its way through Congress would reduce protections …

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GRN’s New Florida Staff Greeted by a Reminder from Irma

In my very first days as GRN’s new coastal organizer for Florida and Alabama, I was greeted by the dramatic lead up to and, ultimately, tragedy of Hurricane Irma. The storm brings a crash course in post-storm environmental issues for me, and challenges us all on issues of environment, infrastructure, climate change, environmental justice, and …

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Hurricane Harvey: How to Help

The Gulf Coast is no stranger to hurricanes, and we are well-versed in helping our neighbors recover. Hurricane Harvey is proving to be an unprecedented storm that is going to take a lot of effort from many individuals and organizations to fully recover. While search and rescue efforts are ongoing and will be for several …

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"I wish they would listen to the people. The people that live here."- Comments from the Coast

“I wish they would listen to the people. The people that live here.”- Comments from the Coast

Name: Troy AlfonsoHometown: Wood Lake, LouisianaParish: St. Bernard Louisiana loses a football field worth of its coastal wetlands every hour. Few know this as well as the fishermen whose work depends on the Gulf’s waters and the residents who inhabit the frontlines. They live with the knowledge that sea level rise, coastal erosion, and intensified …

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