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 unite people in action to achieve a thriving, sustainable Louisiana coast for all. 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 levels to ensure that restoring and protecting coastal Louisiana is a top priority for our state and the nation. We facilitate and fund restoration projects, and 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

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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 shoreline. 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. In 2022 CRCL deployed its 5th living shoreline reef.
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!
Volunteer with CRCL to help bag shell for use in reef restoration projects!

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 NPP 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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Charting impact

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

CRCL seeks to ensure that under-engaged voices are represented, more individuals and organizations are engaged in coastal restoration efforts, and science-based solutions are widely advocated for more meaningful, positive change at the state and federal levels.

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.

Land loss threatens the future of coastal Louisiana -- our communities, our culture, and our economy. We’re losing rich, productive wetlands, and the bounty and protection they provide us at an alarming rate.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) unites people in action to achieve a thriving, sustainable Louisiana coast for all. Established in 1988, CRCL is Louisiana’s first statewide organization dedicated to coastal restoration. The organization seeks to raise awareness of the changing environment, the implications for our communities, and the urgent need to restore wetlands and natural ecosystem processes. CRCL represents a broad spectrum of residents who share a common commitment to defending our vibrant wetlands, with hurricane protection, bountiful ecosystems, and economic opportunities across our coast.

For life in coastal Louisiana to be sustainable, we need sustained coastal restoration. CRCL’s Restoration and Outreach Programs are a critical and effective way for residents to engage in hands-on coastal climate solutions. Our Oyster Shell Recycling and Native Plants programs provide community members with the opportunity to volunteer in coastal restoration work, learn how Louisiana’s wetlands protect and provide for our communities, and to see firsthand how native vegetation and oyster shells can support coastal ecosystems within the context of larger State restoration plans.

Additionally, CRCL's Future Coastal Leaders Program is a leadership, education, and career development initiative focused on engaging public high school and undergraduate students, including those enrolled in community colleges, with interest in coastal restoration. Its purpose is to highlight the plentiful careers and degrees that exist in addressing coastal and environmental issues. From engineers, scientists, accountants, to architects and non-profit leaders, CRCL hopes to motivate the next generation of students to choose coastal restoration as their profession.

Finally, CRCL regularly hosts convenings, lectures and conferences to advocate and educate our communities about science-based action to sustain a dynamic coastal Louisiana.

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 16 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 21 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.

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. To date, over 18,000 CRCL volunteers have planted over 1,000,000 native plants and trees across the state, and more than 10,500,000 pounds of recycled oyster shell have been used to build reefs to protect shoreline along our wetlands. Through this hard work and with the help of our coastal community, we have created over 7,000 linear feet of living shoreline and restored 4,500 acres of habitat to help to protect coastal communities from erosion and sea level rise.

Financials

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Operations

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

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THE COALITION TO RESTORE COASTAL LOUISIANA

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Garvin Pittman

Ashley Liuzza

James Wiltenmuth

Mindy Airhart

Donald Brinkman

Robert Gardiner

Sarah Giles

Robert Gorman

Terrence Lockett

Brock Piglia

Erin Rooney

John Ross

Brock Piglia

Heather Layrisson

Randy Smith

Parker Kilgore

Kristian Sonnier

Sarah Giles

Steve Chustz

Brendan Hughes

Donald Brinkman

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 10/25/2022

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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.