May 30–June 1, 2018. New Orleans, LA.
The State of the Coast (SOC) Conference is the largest state-wide conference of its kind providing an interdisciplinary forum to exchange timely and relevant information on the dynamic conditions of Louisiana’s coastal communities, environment, and economy. The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), The Water Institute of the Gulf, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) partner to produce this forum, the need for which grows with every acre of land lost to the Gulf.
State of the Coast is proud to return to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for 2018. This year, our attendees with be treated to an all-new renovation of the classic building, which provides more than 1.1 million square feet of total exhibit space. SOC18 will consist of two and a half days of presentations by leading experts in concurrent sessions, keynote presentations, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. More than 1,200 scientists, landowners/managers, federal and state agency personnel, local officials, industry and business leaders, resource users, and interested citizens will be in attendance at the 5th iteration of this biennial conference.
Early Registration (January 8 – April 2)
Regular Registration (April 3 – May 15)
Late Registration (May 16 - Onsite)
Register for Restoration on the Half Shell
Restoration on the Half Shell is a half-day program tailored to concerned citizens who are familiar with the problems facing our coast, but want to learn more. Participants will enjoy two sessions that will be informative, timely, and entertaining. Restoration on the Half Shell will be held Friday, June 1, 2018 at the New Orleans Convention Center.
Registration fee: $25.00
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Founded in 1988, The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is the longest standing statewide organization driving bold drive bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration and advocacy. With the support of members and volunteers, CRCL advocates for strong coastal policies and implements restoration projects across coastal Louisiana. CRCL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has a three pronged approach to coastal restoration.
Outreach - CRCL works directly with coastal communities, fishermen, and industry to ensure that they understand the importance of coastal restoration to our state.
Restoration - CRCL is a boots-on-the-ground restoration organization. Our Habitat Restoration Program and Oyster Shell Recycling Program engage thousands of volunteers every year to help restore our coastal wetlands by planting native plants and trees in vulnerable wetland areas. We use oyster shell collected from area restaurants to build new oyster reefs, which help slow shoreline erosion.
Advocacy - We work closely with the state legislature, state coastal restoration officials, and other coastal decision makers to ensure that decisions for coastal restoration are based on the best science available.
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
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.
The Water Institute of the Gulf
The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent applied research institute dedicated to providing advanced understanding and technical expertise to support management of coastal, deltaic and water systems, within Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and around the world. Our mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society.
Those who make policy for coastal and deltaic systems, as well as managers of natural resources, need high-quality science and engineering to guide their decisions. Nowhere is this need greater than coastal Louisiana, which is losing its wetlands at a catastrophic rate. Addressing Louisiana's coastal crisis requires application of sound knowledge and data - in the near term and for the long haul. The Water Institute was founded in 2011 to address exactly this sort of challenge.
For more information, visit the State of the Coast website at http://www.stateofthecoast.org/