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Protecting the sources of life and livelihoods
Restoring and strengthening the Gulf Coast
The Gulf of Mexico is vital to the nation’s economy. The five Gulf States are home to more than one-third of the nation’s domestic oil production, 10 of the nation’s 15 largest shipping ports, a $34 billion tourism industry and 40 percent of all seafood harvested in the lower 48 states.

This economic activity, the people, and the cultural benefits associated with it, are at risk. The coastal wetlands that are essential to buffer the coasts are eroding and disappearing. Moreover, the region is still recovering from the effects of the 2010 oil spill.

Our work in the Gulf of Mexico is an extension of our efforts to secure a healthy Mississippi River, from the headwaters to the delta. We continue to ensure that funds resulting from the settlement of the oil spill litigation support the best projects for restoring productive and resilient wetlands, barrier islands, oyster reefs and other natural systems within the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently our focus is on slowing and reversing the loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana by using the natural function of the Mississippi River to deposit land-building sediment across the delta. These sediment diversion projects bring the promise of meaningful environmental restoration — both in the short term by creating jobs and in the long term by protecting the region’s environment and economy.
Restoring the Louisiana Coast
The Gulf of Mexico relies on a healthy coast, but wetlands are disappearing. The land is vital to recreation, business and wildlife in Louisiana. Right now, we have the best opportunity in generations to secure the health of our coast and its economy for good. We’re working to develop large-scale projects that restore wetlands, barrier islands, oyster reefs and other natural systems.
Our Plan
Restoration this big requires a big-picture approach. There are four key strategies that underpin our theory of change:
Key grantees include:
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