'The Great Invisible,' Mobile native's documentary on Deepwater Horizon disaster, to premiere at SXSW
By Lawrence Specker, AL.com. March 6, 2014.
“Mobile native Margaret Brown, the filmmaker best known for her Mardi Gras documentary…” (read more)
New Orleans Pelicans, Audubon Nature Institute Announce Partnership to Preserve Louisiana’s Coast And Wetlands
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CWPPRA nominates 18 area coastal projects
By Eric Besson, The Tri-Parish Times. March 5, 2014.
“Eight coastal projects from the Barataria and Terrebonne basins were among the 18 nominated for further evaluation…” (read more)
First Look at Trailer and Poster for 'The Great Invisible'—Plus Interview With Director Margaret Brown
By Salvatore Cardoni,…"
Louisiana's Coastline Is Disappearing Too Quickly for Mappers To Keep Up
By Stephanie Garlock, The Atlantic Cities. March 4, 2014.
“Twenty-five years ago, miles of marshy land and grasses separated the small fishing outpost of Buras, Louisiana, from the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)
Federal money sought for Leeville restoration…"
By Eden Davis and Philip Russo, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition
There are many reasons to advocate for coastal restoration in Louisiana, but few arguments are as compelling as preserving the cultural legacy of a state known for its food, music and festivities. That’s why we as part of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition are doing our best to celebrate tirelessly the cultural apex that is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. We, along with the rest of the community, line the sidewalks and neutral grounds of the boulevards where we share black cauldrons of jambalaya and generous portions of king cake. We gather to see and hear the spectacle that is the dance troupes, marching bands and ornate floats, but most importantly, we do it to feel the pulse of our community and to indulge in its vitality. We may have not always vocalized it as such, but it’s why we’ve always done it, going back all the way to the founding of the oldest and most venerable Krewe of Rex that rolls Mardi Gras morning.
The Krewe of Rex has held more parades than any other organization. They are the origin of many Mardi Gras traditions, including the official Carnival colors of purple, green and gold. Founded in 1872, Rex sought to attract new businesses and residents to a New Orleans that was struggling to recover from the lingering effects of the Civil War, when divisions and isolation prevailed. The founders knew the creation of a grand Mardi Gras celebration would lend itself to healing those wounds and restoring the unity that was such a prominent feature of this silted landscape. Most would agree that their efforts were an unbelievable success, but history has a way of repeating itself.
After Hurricane Katrina, this same story played out again as New Orleans struggled to rebuild not only its levees and homes, but its image. Today’s worries are not of the aftermath of a civil war, but of decades of tremendous land loss and increasingly devastating hurricanes. To ameliorate this, the state adopted a Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. If enacted thoroughly, barrier islands, sediment diversions and marsh creation projects will, along with the efforts of Mardi Gras Krewes, not only sustain our coast, but also the traditions that makes it worth inhabiting. So we are doing our part, reveling when we can, sleeping when we can and asking everyone to join us in support of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and coastal restoration. Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!
The Gulf Oil cleanup still isn’t over: 1,250-pound tar mat washes ashore in Florida
By Lindsay Abrams, Salon. March 3, 2014.
“An important reminder that these things never really go away: four years after the Deepwater Horizon…” (read more)
Dolphins exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill had more health problems than…"