Plaquemines coastal advocates receive coastal stewardship awards
Two Plaquemines activists on opposing ends of the sediment diversion issue will be honored for their yearslong dedication to coastal restoration next month.
Commercial fisherman and Louisiana Oysterman Association President Byron Encalade of East Pointe a la Hache and District 7 Parish Council member and former coastal nonprofit advocate Richie Blink of Empire will be presented with Coastal Stewardship Awards May 17 in Baton Rouge during the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s (CRCL) Stewardship Awards Banquet. A CRCL release says the awards “honor individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the coast and have made significant contributions to the restoration and conservation of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
Encalade, a vocal opponent of the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority’s proposed Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton Sediment Diversions in Plaquemines Parish, readily acknowledges CRCL’s pro-diversion stance, but plans to attend the banquet out of respect for the many relationships he has formed through the years with advocates with whom he disagrees.
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