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Vermilion coastal projects focus on objectives that restore shorelines and lost marsh
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Nov. 24, 2014.
“While much coastal restoration effort concentrates on building back marsh that’s washed away, it’s much more effective to prevent the loss in the first place.…” (read more )
Improvements to floodwalls along Industrial Canal, water sharing with central wetlands, may be next step for reducing effects of storm surge flooding, levee authority contractor says
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Nov. 21, 2014.
“…or developing a method of funneling surge and wave water from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway into wetlands along the Lower 9th Ward and Arabi, according to an engineer advising the east bank levee authority..…” (read more )
WWNO’s Jesse Hardman Interviews Nola.com’s Mark Schleifstein (AUDIO)
By Jesse Hardman, WWNO. Nov. 20, 2014.
“This fall a series of long form news pieces about Louisiana’s coat have appeared in various national media…we wanted to see how these stories were received, and what the impact of them might be…” (read more )
Money from 2 small energy companies' settlement earmarked for coastal restoration
By Kevin McGill, AP. Nov. 20, 2014.
“Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.…” (read more )
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Awards $140 Million to Support Research
CWPPRA. Nov. 20, 2014.
“The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health…” (read more )
The race to save Louisiana’s disappearing coast
By Jason Berry, Global Post. Nov. 18, 2014.
“The federal government recently erased more than 20 communities south of New Orleans from the map – they’re underwater now…” (read more )
Freshwater Bayou marsh creation project restoring Louisiana’s coast
By Kari Beal, KATC. Nov. 18, 2014.
“The constant battle to save Louisiana's coastline is making progress in Vermilion Parish…” (read more )
NFWF Announces $13.2 million in Support of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan
Washington D.C, Nov. 17, 2014.
“The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $13.2 million in funding to support critical monitoring and other related activities to benefit priority barrier islands and river diversion projects in Louisiana….” (read more )
Louisiana gets $13.2 million from National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Nov. 17, 2014.
“The new grant will allow the state to analyze and optimize river diversion effectiveness as projects are developed and begin operation, and will help evaluate the effectiveness of barrier island restoration efforts…” (read more )
BP asks judge to cap spill penalties at $12 billion
By Collin Eaton, FuelFix. Nov. 17, 2014.
“BP wants a federal judge to cap its potential oil-spill pollution fines at a maximum of $12.3 billion, a move that would cut away nearly a third of the penalties U.S. prosecutors are seeking for the Deepwater Horizon disaster…” (read more )
BP Tries to Pay Less for the Gulf Oil Spill, Again
By Katie Valentine, Thinkprogress.org. Nov. 17, 2014.
“BP maintains that its response to the spill means that ‘nothing even approaching the maximum penalty should be awarded once the court hears and weighs all relevant facts’.” (read more )
Louisiana coastal authority questions proposed Clean Water Act changes
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Nov. 17, 2014.
“The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is taking issue with a proposed federal rule that board members say could expand the number and types of waterways and wetlands regulated by the federal government.” (read more )
Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling in 2010 oil spill case
By Associated Press, The Times-Picayune. Nov. 13, 2014.
“A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence.…” (read more )
Sounding the alarm on coastal erosion
By Jim Hummel, KATC. Nov. 14, 2014.
“According to the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority (CPRA), since the 1930's, Louisiana has lost about 1,900 square miles of land.…” (read more )
After BP’s disaster, a massive plan to revive the Gulf of Mexico
By Rob Curran, Fortune Magazine. Nov. 12, 2014.
“As funds from the BP oil spill fines become available for environmental and economic development projects this month, an alliance of conservation groups has produced a master plan to protect the entire Gulf of Mexico coastline …” (read more )
Louisiana recommends five projects for Restore Act oil spill fine money
By Julia O’Donoghue, The Times-Picayune. Nov. 12, 2014.
“The state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority voted unanimously on the projects they will submit to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for funding …” (read more )
Assigning a Cost to BP’s Gulf Oil Spill: Four Years on, Debate Continues
By Dahr Jamail, Global Research. Nov. 13, 2014.
“Even if BP is fined $52 billion for their disaster, this massive amount of money cannot reverse ecological impacts from which scientist’s estimate the Gulf will take decades to recover …” (read more )
State Awards Contract for Largest Restoration Project in History of Coastal Program
Coastal Protection Restoration Authority. Nov. 12, 2014.
“The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has awarded a $145.7 million contract to Weeks Marine for the construction of the second increment of the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration project …” (read more )
River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp
Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Nov. 11, 2014.
“The River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp project is designed to restore systems and processes that served the swamp before levees restrained the Mississippi River…” (read more )
Our views: Lifetimes of the Coast
The Advocate. Nov. 11, 2014.
“Louisiana’s disappearing coast is a crisis measured in decades, and it’s been a tangible process for those of us who were born and raised here…” (read more )
Plaquemines Parish coal export terminal project receives Corps of Engineers approval
By Andrea Shaw, The Times-Picayune. Nov. 10, 2014.
“The fight for coastal restoration and healthy economic development is the fight for our lives in Louisiana…” (read more )
Consequences of climate change discussed by French, U.S. experts at Tulane
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Nov. 10, 2014.
“The Mississippi River delta lost over 214 square miles of land overnight during Rita and Katrina…” (read more )