For Immediate Release: Sept. 12, 2007
Contact: Chris Macaluso
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Receives First-Place Gulf Guardian Award
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program has awarded the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan first place in the Government Category of the 2007 Gulf Guardian Awards.
Entitled: "Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection: Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast," the Master Plan represents an overarching vision for the future of coastal Louisiana that, for the first time, combines levee protection with the restoration of Louisiana's rapidly deteriorating coastal wetlands.
The Gulf of Mexico Program recognized the tireless efforts of the members of the CPRA's Integrated Planning Team who worked more than a year gathering public and scientific input in order to design and write the Master Plan.
"It is truly an honor for the CPRA to be recognized with a first place Gulf Guardian Award," Sidney Coffee, chair of the CPRA, said. "Tremendous effort and cooperation went into the creation of the state's master plan. The State's Integrated Planning Team is a remarkable example of what government can produce when it utilizes its most talented and allows them the freedom to work in a creative and collaborative way.
"Not only is the plan remarkable in its own right, it represents unprecedented participation by the public and will stand for many years to come as the overarching vision from which Louisiana will protect, restore and sustain its coastal landscape, truly America's Wetland."
First, second and third place Gulf Guardian Awards are given in seven categories including: Business, Civic/Non-Profit Organization, Partnerships, Youth/Education, Individual, Government, and Bi-National.
The Gulf of Mexico Program developed the Gulf Guardian Awards as a way to recognize the people and organizations that are leading the way in keeping the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas healthy and productive. The awards were first given in 2000.
Formed in 1988 by the EPA, the Gulf of Mexico Program is a collaborative effort among the five states bordering the Gulf, nine federal agencies and a collection of business and industrial, agricultural and environmental groups. The mission of the Program, according to the EPA, is "to facilitate collaborative actions to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the Region."
More information about the Gulf of Mexico Program and the Gulf Guardian Awards is available on the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/gmpo/about.html.
To view the Master Plan and read more about the efforts of the CPRA, please log on to the Authority's website at www.lacpra.org.
For more information, please contact Chris Macaluso in the Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities at (225) 342-3968 or by email at email@example.com.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's mandate is to develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration master plan. For the first time in Louisiana's history, this single state authority will integrate coastal restoration and hurricane protection by marshalling the expertise and resources of the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Development, and other state agencies, to speak with one clear voice for the future of Louisiana's coast. Working with federal, state and local political subdivisions, including levee districts, the CPRA will work to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation's critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come. The CPRA of Louisiana was established by Act 8 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2005.