In the last 10 years, hurricanes here have caused hundreds of deaths and more than $200 billion dollars in damage. Healthy marshes, wetlands, oyster reefs and other coastal habitats can help reduce our vulnerability by protecting against storm surges, erosion and coastal flooding and, at the same time, enhance tourism and fisheries.
With the potential for billions of dollars coming back to the Gulf through the RESTORE Act, there has never been – and will quite possibly never be again – an opportunity like the one we have now to begin to restore the Gulf of Mexico at a scale that matters.
The Nature Conservancy and others in the Gulf are imploring our leaders to be leaders. To be fair and smart and consider a future Gulf of Mexico where restoration of the Gulf’s ecosystems meets the joint goals of building the foundation of much the Gulf’s economy – fishing, tourism, and recreation – while simultaneously protecting our communities and ensuring that our families and traditions thrive for generations to come.
The people of the Gulf deserve nothing less.
You can help. From planting seagrass and protecting the shoreline from erosion, to building oyster reefs and providing habitat for wildlife, support from people like you help the Conservancy continue our work across the Gulf of Mexico.
A native of New Orleans, Cindy Brown is program director for The Nature Conservancy in the Gulf of Mexico, where she is leading the organization’s long-term, gulf-wide conservation and restoration efforts.