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CADDO LAKE INSTITUTE

TO PROTECT AND CONSERVE THE ECOLOGICAL, CULTURAL & ECONOMIC INTEGRITY OF CADDO LAKE

aka Caddo Lake Institute   |   Shreveport, LA   |  www.caddolakeinstitute.org

Mission

Caddo Lake Institute's mission is to protect and conserve the unique treasure that is Caddo Lake. Together with local and federal authorities, along with the local community, we are addressing issues such as: the need to return healthy flows of water to the lake, restoration of the water quality within our watershed, the controlling of invasive species, and conserving significant lands surrounding the lake.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Laura-Ashley Overdyke

Main address

400 Edwards Street Suite 200

Shreveport, LA 71101 USA

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EIN

20-3622669

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Unknown (Z99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are addressing the need to return healthy flows of water to Caddo Lake. This project seeks to assure adequate instream flows to sustain the ecological, recreational and economic values of Caddo Lake, its watershed and the larger Cypress Basin.

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?

Ramsar Designation Expansion

The Caddo Lake Ramsar Site currently includes approximately 20,000 acres on the Texas -Louisiana Border. The site includes both public and private lands, in and along Caddo Lake and some of its tributaries. The Ramsar designation was accomplished through unique collaborations between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the U.S. Army, and the Caddo Lake Institute.

We plan to expand the designation beyond the current 25,000 acres and use the designation to help raise public support for protection of the wetlands.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Caddo Lake Institute, along with the Army Core of Engineers, scientists and others examined technical aspects of biology, hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology and water quality (the building blocks of environmental flows) with the ultimate goal of determining how much water is needed to maintain the ecological health of Caddo Lake and its tributaries as habitat for animals and plants while supplying adequate water for human needs such as drinking water and recreation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Paddlefish have lived in North America for 350 million years, making these beautiful fish 50 million years older than the dinosaurs and the oldest living species on our continent. Paddlefish can grow to seven feet, weigh 200 pounds and live for 30 years. So far, we have experimentally released many radio transmitter tagged fish on the Texas side of the lake. As the fish do not reach sexual maturity for several more years, we do not yet know if they will reproduce in our restored system, but the survival rates lead us to continue toward a full re-stocking of this once native fish.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Environmental Flows

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Completed 2022 projects involved over 800 acres of enhancement and 400,000+ gallons of water released to support healthy flows

Number of conservation actions at site(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants to landowners have enabled 884 acres at 8 sites to have invasive plants removed, prescribed fire used to manage invasives, and other restorative efforts.

Number of species introduced to the area(s) managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Paddlefish Restoration Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

3000 juvenile paddlefish were released into Caddo Lake in 2022. There are seven years remaining in this groundbreaking restocking of our nation's oldest surviving species.

Number of invasive species removed from managed area(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Chinese tallow removed from hundreds of acres through a matching grant program with landowners. Giant Salvinia has been the target of efforts to convene scientists and support experimental controls.

Number of tons of phosphorus pollution reduced

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

40% reduction in phosphorus entering the watershed due to consistent scientific testing and monitoring and working with industry to improve effluent practices.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2004, 100+ scientists & stakeholders engaged in e-flows process. CLI holds cmty mtgs w/ EPA, USACE, FWS, TPWD, NETMWD, LHAAP Restoration Advisory Board, City of Uncertain, & more.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Caddo Lake Institute's overall goals are to return healthy flows of water to Caddo Lake, restore water quality in the watershed, control invasive species and to conserve the significant wetlands within. A healthy watershed supports animal habitats, fauna/flora, recreation opportunities and ultimately boosts the local economy. Protecting the ecological, cultural and economic integrity of Caddo Lake, its associated wetlands and watershed are the main areas of important focus for Caddo Lake Institute.

*The reintroduction of Paddlefish into Caddo lake is one giant step forward we are taking to restore the health of the lake. We have released radio transmitter tagged fish on the Texas side of the lake. To date, all of the tagged fish remain in the system and are alive and well!
*Our Environmental Flows Project developed recommendations for environmental flow regimes that mimic the natural flow patterns with month, season and year variations. The results of any experimentation and monitoring will be used by the participating experts and stakeholders in the 5th Project Workshop to reevaluate the recommended flow regimes, making any appropriate changes and develop plans for future work.
*Caddo Lake Institute has taken the lead in coordinating the efforts of local communities and state agencies in Texas and Louisiana for public education and experimentation with management tools for controlling giant Salvinia and other aquatic invasive species within the lake.

Caddo Lake Institute has teamed up with the Army Crop of Engineers as well as the U.S. Environmental Wildlife Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to help conserve Caddo Lake, it's flows and combat invasive species. We have contracted and established solid long term relationships with multiple scientists, biologists and experts in order to conserve the ecological integrity and flows of Caddo Lake. For 20 years, CLI has monitored the water quality of Caddo Lake and has assembled one of the best databases on trends in water quality in the state. The information has also helped the CLI identify pollution hot spots and work with the responsible parties to rectify any outlying or underlying issues.

*CLI's healthy environmental flows project is a national model, with a historic agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change the way it operates it's upstream damn to Lake O'the Pines.
*CLI and the Shreveport Aquarium have partnered to raise paddlefish to be released into Caddo Lake as part of a re-stocking program initiative. This will be our second release.
*8,000 acres of Caddo Lake and Watershed have been designated a Wetland of International Importance. Our goal is to double the acreage included.
*The EPA awarded a technical assistance grant (TAG) to Caddo Lake Institute to obtain the services of a technical adviser to analyze technical reports pertaining to cleanup of contamination at the LHAAP.
*The Institute has taken the lead in coordinating efforts of local communities and state agencies in controlling giant Salvinia and other aquatic invasive species, including the use of weevils.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CADDO LAKE INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Don Henley

Rick Michaels

Sandra Haverlah

Jerry Cargill

J. Marshall Jones

Christopher Campbell

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 12/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/17/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.