Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Aug. 9, 2013
August 9, 2013 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

Will river water save Louisiana's coast or kill the marsh?
By John Snell, FOX 8 (New Orleans). Aug. 8, 2013.
"St. Mary Parish, La. — Azure Bevington, a PhD student in coastal wetlands ecology at LSU, stands in the Wax Lake Delta, a spot that did not exist when she was born in 1980…" (read more).

Outdated Numbers on the Gulf Recovery
Letter to the Editor by Geoff Morrell, BP. U.S. News & World Report. Aug. 8, 2013.
"Kathleen Koch's recent opinion piece ["The Gulf's Suffering Continues, So Should BP's Payments," July 19] appears to have relied on certain inaccurate and outdated information…" (read more).

Interactive: BP GULF SPILL
By The Daily Astorian. Aug. 8, 2013.
"An interactive featuring a timeline of key dates related to the Gulf oil spill has been updated and is available…" (read more).

Southeast Louisiana officials urge FEMA to halt flood insurance rate increases
By Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Aug. 8, 2013.
"Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation, led by U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and David Vitter, R-La., joined with parish presidents on Thursday in attempting to explain to a senior FEMA official why dramatic increases in flood insurance rates called for by the Biggert-Waters Act should be delayed for at least a year…" (read more).

NOAA trims forecast for busy hurricane season
By Associated Press. Aug. 8, 2013.
"Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast Thursday, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine…" (read more).

Judge orders BP to pay $130M in fees to settlement administrator despite company's complaints
By Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press. Aug. 7, 2013.
"NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill…" (read more).

Video: La. leaders oppose high flood insurance rates, show FEMA levees
By Jeff Adelson, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Aug. 9, 2013.
"As far as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood insurance calculations are concerned, miles of levees protecting many of Louisiana’s coastal parishes simply don’t exist…" (read more).

Louisiana coastal damages lawsuit provokes wrath of Big Oil's political friends
By Sue Sturgis, Facing South. Aug. 8, 2013.
"After the Hurricane Katrina disaster drew scrutiny to Louisiana's flood-control efforts, voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 to allow the creation of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority to ensure the region's levees would be overseen by engineering experts and not politicians' friends…" (read more).

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