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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Campaign aides to governor hopeful get a tutorial on Louisiana’s coastal projects
*features Cynthia Duet, NAS & David Muth, NWF
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. July 1, 2015
"These projects cannot afford to come to a screeching halt or slow down to wait for a new group to catch up,” said Cynthia Duet, deputy director of Audubon Louisiana. “These projects and the 2017 master plan need to continue on a path forward.(Read More)

Sunken city or surging metropolis? 9 visions for the future of New Orleans
By Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune. June 30, 2015
"If serious action is taken, however, the positive effects of large river diversions will have started to be noticed. These effects may not be noticeable in the first few decades after diversions have been put in place; this is a slow process aimed at the longer term.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP, Anadarko over Deepwater Horizon spill penalties
By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters. June 29, 2015
"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected bids by BP Plc(BP.L) and Anadarko Petroleum Corp(APC.N) to avoid penalties under federal pollution law in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The high court left in place a June 2014 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the companies were liable for civil penalties under the federal Clean Water Act.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

USDA seeks partner proposals to protect and restore critical wetlands in Louisiana
KLFY. June 23, 2015
"Kevin Norton, state conservationist in Louisiana for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today the availability of $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance nationwide to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Late high Mississippi River has Corps watching sand boils, seepage on levees
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. June 22, 2015
"An unusually late rise in the Mississippi River, swollen by repeated heavy rains in the upper Mississippi and Ohio valleys, has the Army Corps of Engineers keeping track of 14 sand boils and a dozen seepage areas along river levees in Iberville, Ascension and West Baton Rouge parishes, a corps official said Monday.(Read More)

A better bayou: Work aims to improve area’s water supply
By Jacob Batte, Houma Today. June 22, 2015
"The second dredging phase of the massive Mississippi River Reintroduction to Bayou Lafourche project involves removing vegetation and dredging sediment and mud flats for 8.3 miles between Belle Rose and Napoleonville. Nearly 800,000 cubic yards of mud will be dredged.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Coastal restoration focus of UNO grant
By Maria Clark, New Orleans City Business. June 19, 2015
"A grant awarded to the University of New Orleans will be used to continue studying changes to Louisiana’s coastline. The $225,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey will assist in the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program, which provides long-term data on the state’s barrier islands, beaches and shorelines.(Read More)

CITGO Supports America’s WETLAND Foundation with Lafourche Parish Shoreline Restoration
PRNewswire. June 19, 2015
"To support America's WETLAND Foundation and its upcoming work, CITGO has donated $250,000. This funding will support a shoreline restoration effort along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Lafourche Parish that seeks to end coastal erosion through the use of green technology.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 18, 2015

June 18, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Barrier island project moves forward
Editorial, Daily Comet. June 16, 2015
"Any restoration of our barrier islands will go a long way toward protecting us from future storms. Without the natural building agents once brought by the rivers, though, any fix of these islands is merely temporary. We are likely on a path that will see us having to carry out similar restoration projects for the foreseeable future.(Read More)
Guest column: The New Orleans model for revival after Hurricane Katrina
By Scott Cowen, The Advocate. June 18, 2015
"Whenever I speak about New Orleans’ comeback, I like to emphasize that the city chiefly rebuilt itself by itself. The people of New Orleans rolled up their sleeves and brought back schools and businesses and pieced back together entire neighborhoods through the power of grass-roots partnerships and communal responsibility. Our efforts were fueled by both a survival instinct and a strong desire to come back home. But many of us also felt an obligation to work toward transformative change and rebuild New Orleans better and stronger than before.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

NASA studies Louisiana’s changing wetlands
By Alan Buis, June 17, 2015
"An area of particular interest on this mission was the Wax Lake Delta. According to UAVSAR Principal Investigator Cathleen Jones of JPL, the Wax Lake Delta is one of the few deltas in the world that is actually growing through natural sedimentation processes.(Read More)
Louisiana’s four gubernatorial candidates vow not to raid Wilfelife and Fisheries funds
By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. June 16, 2015
"We're in a fight for our very survival. This isn't a luxury; this isn't a trivial issue. This is about the survival and vitality of Louisiana, particularly coastal Louisiana. If we don't start turning the corner with regard to coastal restoration, in a few years, it's going to be too late.(Read More)

Gulf of Mexico Alliance looks to the future
By Steve Phillips, WLOX. June 16, 2015
"This week's conference will include exhibitors, panel discussions and small group assignments. One main goal will be working on a five-year plan for the gulf. Coastal resilience will certainly be a priority.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Katrina: An in-depth look at the disaster that brought New Orleans to its knees and changed it forever
The New Orleans Advocate. June 14, 2015
"An unprecedented $71 billion in federal assistance has remade southeast Louisiana in ways large and small, from the temporary blue-tarp roofs that dotted the landscape in late 2005 to the higher, stronger levees that replaced the ones that failed so catastrophically on Aug. 29, spilling tragedy into the region.” (Read More)

Five years later, Deepwater Horizon research continues but headlines fade
By Kristan Uhlenbrock, June 15, 2015
"It's been five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and as scientific research continues to unfurl more details about the impacts of the spill, the public pays less attention as time moves on. Yet many questions still go unanswered. Where did all the oil go? How is it impacting the environment? What does this mean for future oil spill response?(Read More)
Katrina: The Debris / / Ingredients
By Eve Troeh, WWNO. June 15, 2015
"The root of the word “restaurant” is in fact the French verb restaurer​, to restore. And New Orleans restaurateurs, the proprietors, were seen as key figures in restoring the life and spirit of the city. But in those first months after the flood, nobody was sure how or even if the city's most famous restaurants were going to reopen.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Feds approve sand source for Louisiana barrier island rebuilding project
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times Picayune. June 11, 2015
"The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has signed an agreement with Louisiana officials allowing the state to mine 13.4 million cubic yards of sand from Ship Shoal, an underwater sand formation in federal waters. The sand will be used to rebuild the Caillou Lake Headlands – also known as Whiskey Island – on the southern edge of Terrebonne Parish.” (Read More)

‘By the River of Babylon: An Elegy for South Louisiana’ looks at coastal erosion, culture
By Dave Walker, The Times Picayune. June 12, 2015
"If Louisiana's coastal plan fails, most of southeast Louisiana will be gone by 2100. So failure is not an option. This part also includes groundbreaking interactive graphics showing the location, costs and timetables for every project in southeast Louisiana, as well as maps of what the coast could look like if we succeed, or fail.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

BP oil spill fine ruling may be imminent
Argus Media. June 10, 2015
"A key ruling on Clean Water Act (CWA) fines that BP must pay to resolve damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be imminent after a judge canceled a hearing.” (Read More)

BOEM, Louisiana to Restore Whiskey Island
By Eric Haun, Marine Technology News. June 10, 2015
"Restoring barrier islands protects vital wetlands along the Gulf Coast and is part of BOEM’s continuing commitment to work with states and communities to restore and protect our coasts from the effects of storms and climate change.” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper. She added that the project would provide a centralized sand source for the natural nourishment of down-drift barrier islands east and west of the project site and maintain estuarine conditions in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary system.” (Read More)

Katrina: A decade later
By Tom Hart, Geographical. June 10, 2015
"Ten years after Hurricane Katrina killed at least 1,500 people and caused $300billion in damage to the south-east US, Geographical examines the potential for future storms and what has been done to prepare New Orleans for a similar event.” (Read More)

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