Blogging for a Healthy Gulf

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:58pm
Pearl Jam at Voodoo 2013
Pearl Jam at Voodoo 2013

What eldritch horrors gather in City Park in New Orleans as Halloween approaches? The 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience!  

GRN is proud to once again be a nonprofit partner of this great three-day festival. If you’re attending, stop by our booth and join in our “No Coast, No Culture” campaign. Throughout the weekend we'll be asking Voodoo artist and festivalgoers to get involved with restoring the Gulf and Louisiana's coast. You can get in on the action right now by signing your pledge to stand with the Gulf.  

Our longtime supporters at Defend New Orleans have designed a new GRN shirt to reveal at this year’s Voodoo Experience. Monthly givers who sign up at the festival get this special edition tee, so look for us—we’ll be easy to find.

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 2:42pm
Gulf State Park

On Thursday, October 23rd, Gulf Restoration Network filed suit challenging the use of BP’s disaster restoration dollars for Alabama’s Beachfront Convention Center in Gulf State Park. To many, this should come as no surprise. For the last two years, GRN and our supporters have raised serious objections to this project as it’s not only wildly inappropriate for this this type of funding – it’s also a bad project that damages our environment and limits the public’s access to the beach in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:18pm

After 20 years of working to protect and restore the Gulf, we have plenty to celebrate.

Last Sunday, GRN held our annual fall fundraiser at Chef Susan Spicer’s Mondo Restaurant. We toasted to GRN’s 20th and brought together many of GRN’s founding board members. Helen Gillet, a local jazz chanteuse, welcomed our guests with a beautiful set of cello music. Chef Susan Spicer, a former board member and longtime partner, served a delectable spread with help from the staff at Mondo and Chef Kristen Essig from Meauxbar.

After guests had a chance to mingle and browse our silent auction items, GRN’s Development Director Natasha Noordhoff welcomed everyone and honored both the founding board members and GRN’s first and only Executive Director, Cyn Sarthou, who spoke to the audience about GRN’s past, present, and future work to protect the coast, wildlife, and communities.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 8:59am

Across the nation, water and wetlands are threatened by pollution and destruction, and no one is more impacted by this than Gulf Coast residents. We swim in waters that begin as small streams, we drink water from rivers that flow from many miles away, we cast for fish that are spawned in the wetlands and we depend on wetlands to protect us from flooding. 

For the health of our coast and communities, we must speak up for clean water and healthy wetlands. 

Currently, some of our most fragile wetlands, creeks and rivers are not adequately protected against pollution and destruction. The EPA has proposed a rule to ensure Clean Water Act protections for these critical waters and wetlands across the country, but big polluters are dead set against it.

Please tell the EPA to protect the water we rely on, not the wallets of big business.

Eighteen million...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 4:38pm
Bird Project Soap in silent auction

This coming Sunday we have an incredible celebration planned with music, food and drinks to benefit our coast. You can still get tickets to the Fall Fundraiser here. In addition to that, artists and businesses from all over Louisiana have donated gifts to our silent auction. Get your auction reflexes ready, here's the lineup:

If you're hungry...
Gift Certificates from Gautreau's, Mat & Naddies, Upperline, Atchafalaya & Jacques-imo's. Langlois Culinary Crossroads donated a package that combines a two-person wine-and-dine cooking class with Amy Sins' cookbook, Ruby Slippers. Also in the mix is a bottle of Tensley Syrah with Poppy Tooker's signed cookbook Louisiana Eats!

If you're artsy...
There's a framed print of Louisiana's flag by GRN's own Michael Hurst, a heron print by Pippin Frisbie-Calder, and Bird Soap by Matter Inc. two of Nancy Adams's garden inspired prints, a large painting of Annette Wiener's called Marshland Fantasy, and an etching of Louisiana on reclaimed cypress by Vincent Vumbaco.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 5:03pm

Pompano Tiradito

Pompano tonight!!  Café Carmo kicks off the Gulf Fish Forever Sustainable Seafood SpecialUs Restaurant Tour with three choices of Pompano.  Pick your style:

  1. Shima sashimi – lightly marinated in the style of the Japanese tropical islands
  2. Tiradito – Peruvian style with aji Amarillo pepper sauce, toasted in corn kernels and red onion, or
  3. Creole spice and seared – seasoned with Carmo’s own creole spice and lightly torched.

The special will continue indefinitely with a portion of each dish donated to the Gulf Fish Forever Campaign.

Ongoing sustainable specials benefitting the Gulf Fish Forever Campaign can be found on SpecialUs.

Harry Lowenburg is GRN's Gulf Fish Forever Campaign Organizer...

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 4:58pm
Oil and gas canals in Lafitte oil field.
Oil and gas canals in Lafitte oil field.

We’re happy to report two pieces of good news about the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East’s efforts to hold oil and gas companies accountable for their role in Louisiana’s coastal land loss. Last week, a Judge ruled that Act 544, a law passed by the legislature that was designed to squash the Authority’s oil and gas accountability lawsuit, does not apply to the Flood Protection Authority. 

In the other piece of good news, two weeks ago Paul Kemp was re-nominated to the Flood Protection Authority. Governor Jindal, who is opposed to the lawsuit, sought to replace a majority of board members, including Kemp, with individuals who share his view. Re-nominating Kemp ensures that a majority of the board members continue to support the suit. 

The suit would hold the industry accountable for decades of drilling and dredging, which helped destroy the coastal marshes that...

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 11:01am

This a guest post from our friends at Octavia Books, who are partnering with us to host Mike Tidwell for an upcoming presentation and book signing. 

In partnership with the Gulf Restoration Network, we'll welcome Mike Tidewell when he returns to Octavia Books on Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00 P.M. to celebrate the eleventh anniversary of BAYOU FAREWELL: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast.

The Cajun coast of Louisiana is home to a way of life as unique, complex, and beautiful as the terrain itself. As award-winning travel writer Mike Tidwell journeys through the bayou, he introduces us to the food and the language, the shrimp fisherman, the Houma Indians, and the rich cultural history that makes it unlike any other place in the world. But seeing the skeletons of oak trees killed by the salinity of the groundwater, and whole cemeteries sinking into swampland...

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 1:17pm

Florida’s Nature Coast has some of the most beautiful and unique rivers, streams and springs in the world, but too many of these waterways are threatened by pumping and pollution. Take action today to urge state leaders to protect two of these amazing gems, the Chassahowitzka and Homosassa rivers.

The Chassahowitzka and Homosassa are both designated as Outstanding Florida Waters, deemed worthy of exceptional protection because of their ecological, social, educational and recreational value. Unfortunately, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is ignoring this designation and has adopted standards that would allow for the continued degradation of water quantity and quality in these rivers. A group of concerned citizens has already urged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to step in, but so far FDEP has ignored their pleas.

Click here to stand with these concerned Floridians by asking for responsible...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:09pm

The Gulf of Mexico is facing a serious threat – open ocean industrial fish farms – that could harm our fisheries, marine wildlife and the people who depend on them. Despite clearly voiced objections by thousands of fishermen and coastal residents, the federal agency responsible for management of the Gulf’s fisheries, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is finalizing rules to allow ocean fish farming in Gulf waters.

Tell NOAA that you don’t want industrial fish farms in the Gulf.

Open water fish farms have been associated with serious problems – pollution, increased parasites and diseases in wild fish, conflicts with fishermen and other ocean users, and interference with marine mammals and other wildlife. Plus, there are big concerns about how open water fish farms in the Gulf would hold up to hurricanes and tropical storms. Nonetheless, large fish farming...