On July 31, Environmental Defense Fund will be retiring our Restoration and Resilience blog. If you would like to continue receiving updates on the efforts to restore coastal Louisiana, please consider following our sister blog on the Restore the Mississippi River Delta website: Delta Dispatches. Delta Dispatches is news from local and national conservation organizations working to restore the environment and economy of America’s largest delta. Economic topics related to restoration will now be included in Delta Dispatches. Please consider subscribing to today!
Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about how environmental restoration provides quadruple economic returns, please visit the new “Building a Restoration Economy” section of the Restore the Mississippi River Delta website: www.mississippiriverdelta.org/economics/. On the site, you will find information on the economic benefits of environmental restoration in the Mississippi River Delta and along the Gulf Coast. Additionally, information also can be found on the benefits of environmental restoration to:
Two Duke University supply chain studies, “Restoring the Gulf Coast: New Markets for Established Firms” and “Restoring Gulf Oyster Reefs: Opportunities for Innovation,” as well as a report by Mather Economics, “Job Creation from Gulf Coast Wetlands Restoration,” can also be found on the site. These reports explore how increased funding for coastal restoration, such as through the recently passed RESTORE Act, will benefit not only the damaged gulf ecosystem, but the entire coastal restoration supply chain.
Additionally, please check out the new video by the National Wildlife Federation, “Stories from the Coast: Job Creation from Coastal Restoration,” which looks at the job-creating potential of coastal restoration projects.
“If you’re interested in jobs, you can look around, this a construction site. This is heavy equipment doing real work out here, and those are real jobs,” says Mel Landry, a marine habitat resource specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You can watch the video here.
Please be sure to visit Delta Dispatches to continue receiving updates on EDF’s work restoring the Mississippi River Delta!