In the midst of thousand-year-old cypress trees, spectacular wildlife, and our nation’s greatest river lies America’s Delta — a special place where nature and people have been intertwined for generations.
This rich tapestry of land and water is a home to millions of nesting and migratory birds, alligators, panthers, black bear, sea turtles, and dolphins. Rich fisheries provide the bulk of our nation’s seafood. Decades-old threats from polluting industries and a rapidly eroding coastline have been compounded by more recent devastating events — the 2010 BP Oil Disaster and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We must act now to ensure that Gulf Coast communities, lands, waters, and wildlife are made whole again, and are better protected for the future.
The Sierra Club is working to:
- Create a Regional Citizens' Advisory Council to give Gulf Coast citizens a voice in protecting communities and resources from the negative impacts of Big Oil,
- Protect state waters in Mississippi from oil and gas exploration and development,
- Restore Bayou Bienvenue, a freshwater cypress swamp in the heart of New Orleans, and
- Hold polluters accountable through legal actions and by empowering Gulf Coast citizens.