NEW ORLEANS – The America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) today announced a new partnership with Community Coffee Company in support of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) Shoreline Stabilization & Restoration Project, which will restore four miles of embankment along both sides of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Lafourche Parish, La.
Sidney Coffee, senior advisor to AWF, said, “We are exceptionally pleased that Community Coffee, a home-grown business icon in Louisiana, has joined our coastal restoration efforts and we’re convinced this model of collaboration is vital as we go forward."
“Community Coffee Company is committed to giving back to the local communities that we serve,” said David Belanger, President and CEO of Community Coffee Company. “In support of our coastal roots, we feel we can help make a difference for not only our local community but future generations by supporting tangible comprehensive restoration projects in partnership with the America’s WETLAND Foundation.”
Val Marmillion, managing director of AWF, said, “In our polling, the citizens of our state have called for the public and private sectors to work together in the fight to save our environment, our economy, and our way of life being jeopardized by coastal land loss. Companies like Community Coffee Company coming forward shows the promise teamwork holds for getting these important transitional projects done.”
Community Coffee Company joins a diverse group of partners supporting the project that uses innovative green techniques to shore up compromised embankments where salt water threatens to destroy fresh water marshes. The project brings private investment and landowners to restoration for protecting environmental, community and economic interests, serving as a new model of cooperation in coastal restoration efforts.
For years, navigable waterways that transport commerce in South Louisiana have suffered the effects of coastal erosion and the most dramatic loss of wetlands on the planet. In areas where embankments have been lost to tidal surge, shoreline creep has led to widening canals, threatening fresh water marshes with salt water intrusion and taking private lands bordering the canals.
The project involves a four-mile section of GIWW shoreline - one mile on the Gulf side and three miles on the north side. The area in question is key to the protection of nearby population centers in Lafourche Parish, habitat for thousands of waterfowl, marine and animal species, critical energy pipeline infrastructure, and viability of a confluence of the GIWW and Bayou Lafourche that serves as a staging area for offshore energy service personnel and supplies and the shrimp industry. Only a few miles from Lake Salvador and the Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve, the area is prime for stabilization and reducing storm surge threats to the greater New Orleans metropolitan area and Jefferson Parish.
Community Coffee Company joins with CITGO, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Shell, Conoco, and Chevron in sponsoring this project, partnering with AWF, Ducks Unlimited, the state of Louisiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and private landowners.
For more information about America’s WETLAND Foundation’s GIWW Shoreline Stabilization and Restoration Project, visit the Reports and Resources page at americaswetland.com.
The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. The America's Energy Coast initiative works to sustain the environmental and economic assets of the Gulf Coast region. The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth. For more information, visit www.americaswetland.com.