News & Updates

The latest news, updates and events from our campaign to protect and restore the Mississippi River delta.

Apr 27 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities

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Bald eagle sits on the Bonnet Carré Structure In January of this year, high water on the lower Mississippi River prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open of the Bonnet Carré Spillway for the 11th time in its 85-year history. The Bonnet Carré Spillway doesn’t just help lower water levels pressing against the

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Apr 14 Register for Conservation on Tap - April 20th

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Register today for our popular Conservation on Tap on Wednesday, April 20th, in Baton Rouge or Lafayette, Louisiana. Vanishing Paradise, Whole Foods and New Belgium Brewery is offering a fun evening of conservation, craft beer, and cheese samplings. Join us at either the Whole Foods Baton Rouge or Lafayette stores to learn about coastal restoration

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Apr 06 Florida Bay: A Vision of Paradise, in Decline

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Florida Bay American anglers have never had to travel to the Bahamas, Panama, or Belize to experience the thrill of hooking a bonefish in clear Caribbean waters over blazing white sand, the boat’s horizon studded with coral heads and small mangrove keys: the very vision of paradise. We can do all this—without a passport—by

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Apr 05 Two Whole Foods Stores Designate Vanishing Paradise for Community Giving Day

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Mark your calendar! On Wednesday, April 20th, you can support our efforts to help restore Coastal Louisiana’s waterfowl and fishing habitats by shopping at Whole Foods. Both the Whole Foods Market stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette have designated Vanishing Paradise, a sportsmen outreach program by the National Wildlife Federation, for its upcoming Community Giving

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Mar 14 A Review of the 2015 Louisiana Duck Season

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Spring is here! As the flowers and trees start to blossom, and the weather starts to change, we can reflect back on the 2015 duck hunting season. Another great season is in the books, as many great memories were made between families and friends, and many ducks were bagged across the state.

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Feb 25 Tell President Obama NO to Diverting GOMESA Funds

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A recent proposal by President Obama would divert funds intended for coastal restoration in Louisiana. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) was created in 2006 to allow Gulf states to receive a portion of federal oil revenue from offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The first GOMESA payments were to begin next

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Jan 29 Vanishing Paradise Brings Conservation Message to 2016 SHOT Show

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SHOT Show 2016 Attendees of the hunting and shooting sports’ monolithic trade show – The SHOT Show – are often overwhelmed by sensory overload. With 64,000 attendees and aisles of firearms and associated products stretching 12.5 miles if you lined them all up, keeping one’s head on straight is a challenge. However, as veterans

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Jan 19 Sportsmen Businesses Call for New Louisiana Governor to Commit to Restoring Coast

Vanishing Paradise and 124 outdoors businesses send letter to Governor Edwards (BATON ROUGE, La. – January 19, 2016) Today, a group of 125 Louisiana sportsmen businesses and organizations sent a letter to the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards, asking that he stand firm on his campaign commitments to restore Louisiana’s coast. The letter was

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Jan 15 Bonnet Carré May Temporarily Impact Louisiana Sportsmen, Conditions Likely to Rebound Quickly

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Written by Emily Guidry Schatzel and Erin Brown This is the second in a two-part series on the Mississippi River high water event, the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway, the potential to utilize sediment for restoration and the possible impacts to hunting and fishing. The first part can be read here. Heavy winter rainfall

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Jan 14 Spillway Opening Highlights Need to Harness Sediment to Restore Coastal Habitat

BC Spillway opening - On January 10, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway to relieve pressures on levees, sending up to 250,000  cubic feet per second of sediment-laden water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain.

This is the first in a two-part series on the Mississippi River high water event, the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway, the potential to utilize sediment for restoration and the possible impacts to hunting and fishing.

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Jan 06 Deadline Approaching for Louisiana Sign-On Letter to Gov.-elect Edwards

This Friday, January 8th, is the final date for CEOs, presidents or board chairs to sign their business or sportsmen club onto the letter to Louisiana’s Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards urging him to make a firm commitment to coastal restoration during his administration. Louisiana is truly a sportsman’s paradise, but the coast is quickly vanishing.

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Dec 01 Upcoming Conservation on Tap Event in New Orleans

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Come visit with the Vanishing Paradise team next week in New Orleans for our next CONSERVATION ON TAP event. Coastal Louisiana will soon receive billions of dollars from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon settlement. Join us at NOLA Brewing Co. and find out about the opportunities and risks of this game-changing funding source. Brewery tour and

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Nov 25 A Year of Coastal Restoration Milestones

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The Gulf Coast ecosystem, and Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta, is a region in dire need of comprehensive restoration. We all know the harrowing statistic facing coastal Louisiana: every hour, a football field of land vanishes off the coast. According to historical averages, Louisiana loses 16 to 25 square miles per year. The rest of the

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Nov 21 Thankful for Duck Season in Louisiana and Great Family Memories

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Teal season closing weekend. September 26-27, 2015. Here we are, mid-November in Louisiana. As the seasons start to change, the cool fronts of fall bring flights of migratory birds into the rich Mississippi River Delta. This means one thing for sportsmen and sportswomen of the area… duck season! Louisiana had a very successful teal season

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Nov 10 Sportsmen Celebrate BP Settlement with Wide Open Marsh Fishing

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Tony Taylor (left), owner of Louisiana Sportsmen Magazine and Ray Hill (casting to the bull hole) of WileyX sunglasses fishing the end of the Southwest Pass, Mississippi River. The Vanishing Paradise (VP) team hit the marsh spot-on for wide-open fishing at the beginning of October to celebrate the BP settlement. Vanishing Paradise, along with industry

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Oct 22 Vanishing Paradise Welcomes Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator

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Erin Brown is the newest member of the Vanishing Paradise team, joining the campaign as Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator. A native of Covington, La., Erin comes from a long line of Louisiana outdoorsmen. Her father was a commercial fisherman who is now a wetland biologist, and her family is full of avid hunters and anglers. She

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Oct 14 Conservation on Tap Event, Gulfport, MS

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Grab a beer and chat with Vanishing Paradise and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. Deadline to register is Thursday, October 15th!

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Oct 13 Louisiana's RESTORE Dollars Should Not Be Redirected from Coastal Restoration

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Recently, Gov. Bobby Jindal asked coastal restoration officials to change state policy to allow some of the BP oil disaster settlement to be used to pay for part of the remaining $350 million extension of Louisiana Highway 1 connecting Port Fourchon with Golden Meadow. Under the RESTORE Act, a portion of the Clean Water Act

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Sep 11 Brad Young, Steve Bender: "Secure the Mississippi Coast's future"

This letter originally appeared in the 9/11/15 release of the Clarion-Ledger. This summer, the Justice Department, the five Gulf Coast states and BP announced an $18.7 billion agreement in principle to settle all of the remaining state and federal claims against BP. For wildlife in the Gulf, this is welcome news. Though the legal wrangling

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Sep 01 Outdoor Kitchen Show: "This is a lot of money. Don't mess it up"

This letter originally appeared in the 7/20/15 release of The Creole. Whether you saw it on Facebook or read it in an actual newspaper, most of us know that on Thursday, July 2, the Department of Justice and the five Gulf states reached a settlement with BP for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster for $18.7

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Aug 25 Why Estuaries Matter to Sportsmen

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The Gulf of Mexico estuaries are among the most productive natural habitats in the world. Estuaries are areas where rivers meet the sea, mixing freshwater and saltwater and creating some of the most productive habitats anywhere on the planet. They serve as spawning, nursery, and feeding grounds for nearly all of the Gulf’s recreational fish

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Aug 13 RESTORE Council Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding

Vanishing Paradise Calls List ‘Critical Step Forward for the Gulf’; Landmark Opportunity to Restore Habitat with BP Settlement Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council released its Funded Priorities List (FPL) – a compilation of restoration projects the Council intends to prioritize for funding following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. These projects will be

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Aug 05 Inaugural Louisiana Coastal Candidate Forum to be Held in Thibodaux

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Coastal restoration is one of the most important issues facing Louisiana and should be a top priority. Please join us August 18th at Nicholls State University for the upcoming Coastal Candidate Forum, where Louisianans can hear from gubernatorial candidates on a variety of coastal issues from restoration funding to diversions. Participating Candidates are Public Service

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Jul 17 Conservation Corner: Telling Our Story with Rommel

As many of you know, the wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico are subsiding at a rate of a football field almost every hour. These marshes are not only an invaluable resource for hunters and anglers, but also our first line of defense against hurricane storm surges. Here at Vanishing Paradise we never pass up

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Jul 09 Significant Portion of BP Settlement Funds Slated For Coastal Restoration

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credit: U.S. Navy Louisiana’s anglers got a particularly rough deal out of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill: Robust salt-and-freshwater fishing grounds were closed— some up to a year post-spill— and even five years later, many aquatic species are still suffering from ongoing impacts. But last week’s news of BP’s settlement agreement for $18.7 billion was

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Jul 02 Vanishing Paradise Responds to Landmark Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Announcement

Today’s Agreement on Settlement Dollars Puts Gulf on Road to Recovery This morning, BP, the U.S. Justice Department, and the five Gulf states made public the terms of a settlement agreement regarding the company’s role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP will pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages for its role in

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Jun 04 New 'Hydrocoast Map' Methodology Gives Louisiana Anglers Insight into Estuarine Activity

Scientific Analysis of Salinity, Weather Patterns, Water Movement Helpful for Recreation and Commercial Fishermen Today, scientists at one of Vanishing Paradises’ partner organizations the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) released details of how “Hydrocoast Maps” track pollutants, fish activity and salinity in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Basin in hopes of encouraging similar mapping efforts of other

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Apr 29 Gulf Restoration and the 2015 Sportsmen's Act

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I’m writing this on the 5th anniversary of the BP Gulf oil spill. And my concern for the health of Gulf wetlands is as strong today as it was before the spill.

Credit: Lew Carpenter I’ve been fishing out of Venice, Louisiana for the past 15 years – before Hurricane Katrina and before … read more »

Apr 16 Vanishing Paradise welcomes new Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator

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Twyla Cheatwood brings fisheries knowledge, science background, field experience to new role

Vanishing Paradise is pleased to announce the addition of Twyla Cheatwood to its staff as a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator. Based in New Orleans, Cheatwood will work with hunters and anglers in Louisiana and Mississippi to educate and engage them on restoring … read more »

Apr 10 Louisiana's Specks Five Years Later

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Significant events become part of the fabric of our lives. Everything from personal occasions like wedding days to national traumas like September 11 are seared into our memory banks and are recalled again and again, as if in HD. For many, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was just such an event. For

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