Voices of the Gulf
Reid Loper: Restoration is Good Business
Firm builds on 40-year history helping Gulf Coast communities with disaster recovery.
Business and community leaders in the Gulf clearly recognize the important link between a healthy environment and a thriving, resilient economy. Here is one example of a leader working to make a difference in the Gulf.
Reid Loper is a Project Manager for CrowderGulf LLC, a national response management firm with more than 40 years of experience in post-disaster recovery on land and coastal waters. As project manager for CrowderGulf and a native of the Gulf Coast, Mr. Loper has a vested interest in the health of the Gulf of Mexico.
"I use the Gulf for many activities ranging from SCUBA diving, spear fishing, and off-shore and in-shore fishing. The shoreline stabilization projects and reefs, including the 100 miles of living shoreline proposed in Mobile Bay, are a wonderful way to benefit not only the ecosystem and wildlife but also the economy and the human interaction with the Gulf and coastal waters."
"Most companies that call the Gulf Coast home are hoping that the RESTORE Act brings well needed business and project funding to the area. It has been a rough 4 or 5 years for the Gulf Coast, and I see the RESTORE Act as a mechanism to not only benefit the ecosystem but to also help with the economy with projects that will produce jobs."
Hopefully, it will fund useful projects that will create jobs, allowing local companies to keep their doors open while benefiting the ecosystem as intended."