Documentary Bridges Coastal Restoration Obstacles

Finding Common Ground is a recently-released documentary exploring “traditional ecological knowledge” and its importance in planning for coastal restoration in Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta.

Viewers can learn about the complex environmental challenges, and some of the proposed solutions, through the eyes and voices of local residents, scientists (including Louisiana Sea Grant personnel), fishermen and policy makers. Finding Common Ground uses documentary film techniques to show how all those impacted by coastal erosion can cross over out of their silos, overcome long term psychological barriers, and achieve new understanding that may fast track restoration projects to build much needed new ground.

The 90-minute film – which was supported by Louisiana Sea Grant – can be viewed at And a 22-minute version of the film can be viewed at

Award-winning documentary producer Kevin McCaffrey teamed up with co-executive producer Robert Thomas, director of Loyola University’s Center for Environmental Communication, to produce this rich and informative first-hand look at the existential crisis unfolding in Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands.

Photo: New Orleans 9th Ward (March 2015)