America Needs the Mississippi River Delta

Louisiana’s land loss crisis is an important conservation issue for sportsmen and women across the nation. Coastal Louisiana feeds and fuels the nation, and its ports connect the U.S. to the world. Restoring Louisiana’s coast to secure a resilient future for people, wildlife and industries will benefit the entire nation.

By advancing large-scale restoration projects, Louisiana can achieve increased protection for its residents, industries and wildlife, protecting a region of global importance. Investing in coastal restoration is a win-win: It protects people, wildlife and jobs, while growing the local economy and avoiding significant future costs to taxpayers.

Coastal Louisiana is a vast and dynamic tapestry of forests, swamps, marshes, river channels, estuaries and islands that provide habitat for countless wildlife, including birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and unfathomable multitudes of smaller organisms that support the entire food web of this region. Taken together, these habitats make up one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in North America. But the tapestry continues to unravel as Louisiana’s coast vanishes, and more and more organisms lose the habitats they need to survive.

Where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico, the deposition of rich sediments and co-mingling of fresh river water and warm salt water gives rise to a spectacular flowering of life – a veritable frenzy of biological productivity:
  • More than 400 species of birds call coastal Louisiana home.
  • The region provides critical breeding, wintering and migratory stopover habitat for 100 million birds each year.
  • 40 percent of migratory birds in North America spend part of their life in coastal Louisiana.
  • 10 million ducks and geese winter or stopover in coastal Louisiana every year -- or 70 percent of the waterfowl that use the Mississippi and Central flyways.
  • Louisiana is a “Sportsman’s Paradise,” with world-class salt- and freshwater fishing opportunities, including catfish, bass, speckled trout, redfish, tuna, mahi mahi, amberjack and more.
  • Coastal Louisiana is home to a number of federally endangered or threatened animals, such as the Louisiana black bear, piping plover and greensea turtle, that struggle to survive in the remaining coastal habitat.

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