THE COALITION TO RESTORE COASTAL LOUISIANA

aka CRCL   |   New Orleans, LA   |  www.crcl.org

Mission

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive bold, science-based action to sustain a dynamic coastal Louisiana through engagement and advocacy. Recognizing that Louisiana’s coastal land-loss will have dramatic impacts on the nation’s energy, navigation and fisheries interests, CRCL works at the state, local and federal level to ensure that restoring and protecting coastal Louisiana is a top priority for our state and the nation. We facilitate and fund actual restoration projects and we work diligently to raise awareness and educate others about the importance of preserving and restoring coastal Louisiana.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Kimberly Davis Reyher

Main address

3801 Canal Street Suite 400

New Orleans, LA 70119 USA

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EIN

72-1115589

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CRCL is focused on bringing more awareness to coastal land loss issues through its outreach and restoration initiatives. It is our hope that by increasing our volunteer efforts and community engagement, and facilitating more conversations around restoring our wetlands, CRCL will deepen the knowledge of coastal residents about the challenges of land loss, the need for restoration, and plans to reduce flood risk.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Oyster Shell Recycling Program

CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program collects shell from New Orleans-area restaurants and uses that shell to restore oyster reefs that help protect Louisiana’s eroding coast line. Launched in June 2014, this is the first program of its kind in Louisiana, and it has collected thousands of tons of oyster shell.

Why do we recycle oyster shell?
Oyster are an incredible natural resource! Living oysters and oyster reefs help improve water quality, provide fishing habitat, support the local economy, and help protect shoreline by breaking waves.

How will the shell be used?
100% of the shell will be returned to Louisiana waters.
Most of the shell will be used to construct oyster reefs. Our first reef–a half-mile long living shoreline–was installed in Biloxi Marsh in November 2016. Our next reef is planned for Barataria Bay.
20% of the shell is donated to an aquaculture program with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to help support Louisiana’s oyster fishery and promote heathy reefs across the state.
We monitor the shoreline changes and reef development at our project sites to assess their success.

How can I get involved?
You can help save the coast by eating oysters! Patronize the restaurants listed below and be sure to tell them that you appreciate their participation in oyster shell recycling.
Volunteer with CRCL to help bag shell for use in reef restoration projects!
Participating Restaurants:
Arnaud’s Restaurant
Borgne
Bourbon House
Compère Lapin
Cooter Brown’s Tavern and Oyster Bar
Desire Oyster Bar at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Gallier’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Elysian Seafood at the St. Roch Market
Pêche Seafood Grill
Red Fish Grill
Remoulade
Restaurant R'evolution
Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar
Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar
Two Girls One Shuck

Population(s) Served
Adults

Founded in 2000, CRCL’s Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) leads our efforts to restore Louisiana’s coastal habitats by engaging volunteers and stakeholders to be a part of the solution. Our partnerships and events facilitate environmental stewardship by Louisiana industries, land owners, business leaders, residents, and visitors.

The HRP provides valuable education experiences for its volunteers. Participants learn about our coastal land loss crisis, its main causes, and the various solutions being implemented across the entire Louisiana coast.

Since its inception, the HRP has engaged more than 14,500 volunteers and directly restored more than 4,500 acres of coastal wetlands in Louisiana.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As of January 1, 2020, CRCL has begun to implement a new strategic plan that focuses on (1) providing opportunities for people to engage both directly and indirectly in coastal restoration, (2) developing and equipping individuals to be coastal advocates, (3) educating elected officials and other prominent leaders on coastal restoration, and (4) activating individuals and groups around key policy areas.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) supports the good progress we have seen on this issue in recent years, especially the science-based State Coastal Master Plan. However, we believe an even bolder response is required. We urgently need large-scale land building, including sediment diversions that harness the power of the river to build land. The most important actions to be taken to advance necessary projects are under the control of the state and federal governments. All the work we do must serve the purpose of driving needed action. To this end, we must build support for restoration amongst stakeholders and we must build the funds and capacity of CRCL to increase our influence and to be able to sustain our efforts.

The current programs CRCL executes include the following: Policy and Advocacy; Outreach and Engagement Program; Habitat Restoration; Oyster Shell Recycling; and the State of the Coast conference. CRCL has some of the largest "boots on the ground" programs in the state. Just this past year, more than 280 CRCL volunteers planted over 38,250 plants across the state and more than 580 CRCL volunteers bagged approximately 211 tons of recycled oyster shell being used to build reefs to protect shoreline along our wetlands. Through this hard work and with the help of our coastal community, we have built our second oyster reef from 400,000 pounds of recycled oyster shells and have begun the implementation of our third and fourth oyster reefs in Barataria and Plaquemines Parish. Using these shells, collected from our New Orleans restaurant partners, volunteers construct living shorelines to help to protect coastal communities from erosion and sea level rise.

CRCL has worked diligently to develop and organize a uniquely diverse team of staff members who are knowledgeable, passionate about the issues we address, and skilled. CRCL is comprised of 13 staff members who are led by the organization’s Executive Director. Each member of the CRCL team brings a different perspective, set of skills, and insight that enable our organization to function at its highest level. CRCL is also lead by a group of 17 passionate individuals who make up the organization’s Board of Directors. CRCL relies heavily on volunteer engagement and works annually with more than 1,000 volunteers.

CRCL has successfully built three full reefs since the inception of the Oyster Shell Recycling Program (OSRP) - the first in Biloxi Marsh in 2016, the second in Pointe-Aux-Chenes in 2019, and the third in Barataria Bay in 2020 - and we have begun the implementation of our fourth oyster reef in Plaquemines Parish.

Financials

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THE COALITION TO RESTORE COASTAL LOUISIANA

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Garvin Pittman


Board co-chair

Robin Keegan

Ashley Liuzza

James Wiltenmuth

Mindy Airhart

Donald Brinkman

Matt Butler

Woody Crews

Melissa Daigle

Robert Gardiner

Sarah Giles

Robert Gorman

Terrence Lockett

Brock Piglia

Erin Rooney

Allison Stouse

Ed Theriot

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.