The 2014 State of the Coast conference strives to provide an interdisciplinary forum to exchange timely and relevant information on the dynamic conditions of Louisiana’s coastal communities, environment, and economy and to apply that information to existing and future coastal restoration and protection efforts, policies, and decision-making.
To accomplish State of the Coast’s mission, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) teamed to create the State of the Coast Conference in 2010, establishing it as a biennial event. For State of the Coast 2014, CRCL and CPRA welcome the Water Institute of the Gulf as a partner, to further establish State of the Coast as the definitive conference centered on the restoration of Louisiana’s coast.
CRCL is Louisiana’s longest-standing, statewide organization dedicated to coastal restoration, and is made up of thousands of people with many points of view, including business leaders, scientists, boaters, land owners, fishermen, sportsmen, and volunteers. For the past 25 years, CRCL has united various stakeholders under the common mission of protecting and restoring a sustainable coastal Louisiana. We work with local, state, and Federal governments to develop and implement large-scale restoration plans and programs. CRCL is a champion for sound policies and established science. Our workshops and conferences create forums for innovative projects and strategies to restore coastal Louisiana. CRCL advocates for robust and defendable scientific practices and coastal policies that build land and preserve the Louisiana way of life on our coast.
“CRCL’s mission is to restore and protect a sustainable coastal Louisiana using the best science and stakeholder input available. State of the Coast is essential to our mission because the conference gathers the latest and most innovative research, methods and technology from hundreds of sources into one place,” says CRCL Executive Director Steven Peyronnin. “It is our hope that the knowledge shared and connections made at State of the Coast 2014 will help guide the next generation of coastal restoration strategy for Louisiana.”
A division of the Louisiana Governor’s Office, the CPRA is the single state entity with authority to articulate a clear statement of priorities and to focus development and implementation efforts to achieve comprehensive coastal protection for Louisiana. CPRA works closely with other entities on coastal issues, including the state legislature; the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation; the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA); and the LRA’s Louisiana Speaks regional planning process.
CPRA’s mandate is to develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration Master Plan. By working with federal, state and local governments and levee districts, CPRA works to establish a safe and sustainable coast to protect our communities, the nation’s critical energy infrastructure and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come.
Founded in 2011, the Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of coastal, deltaic, river and water resource systems, both within the Gulf Coast and around the world. Its mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society. The Water Institute combines in-house expertise with partnerships in academia, NGOs, industry, and government agencies to examine challenges in depth, and help resolve the water related issues of the 21st Century.
“Serving as a partner for the State of the Coast Conference is a tremendous honor for The Water Institute of the Gulf,” says Chip Groat, Ph.D., CEO and president of The Water Institute. “Our mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering and our role as a conference partner facilitates the link between knowledge and on the ground action and implementation.”
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