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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Early results from study of river sediment show enough to make diversions work
By Bob Marhsall, The Lens. April 23, 2015
“Preliminary findings from the first comprehensive study in more than 50 years on the amount of material the river hauls south of New Orleans appear to support the land-building conclusions in the 2012 Master Plan, researchers said in several recent interviews." (Read More)

O’Mara: Five years later, Gulf still waits for real restoration
By Collin O’Mara, Houston Chronicle. April 23, 2015
“The truth is, wildlife suffered tremendous damage from the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history, and the science documenting that damage is still mounting." (Read More)

Coastal plan advances despite concerns about water diversion
By Jeremy Harper, Houma Courier. April 22, 2015
“A second House committee Wednesday approved the $884 million annual state plan for coastal restoration and protection despite concerns over the impact of freshwater river diversions." (Read More)
5 years after the Gulf oil spill: Guarding the marsh
By Ben Raines, April 24, 2015
“Unfortunately, paradise is sinking: Marshes there are washing away at a rate of a football field an hour. In Louisiana, 272,000 acres of marsh vanished in the last 25 years; by the end of the next 25 years, 1 million acres will be gone, according to projections." (Read More)
5 years after the Gulf oil spill: Guarding the marsh
By Ben Raines, April 24, 2015
“Unfortunately, paradise is sinking: Marshes there are washing away at a rate of a football field an hour. In Louisiana, 272,000 acres of marsh vanished in the last 25 years; by the end of the next 25 years, 1 million acres will be gone, according to projections." (Read More)
Keep track of BP oil spill restoration projects with new web database
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times Picayune. April 24, 2015
“The Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker provides viewers with a map showing the location of 300 active and planned projects, with most in the five Gulf Coast states and a few in several other states." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

In Conversation with Antonia Juhasz
By Andrew Stelzer, Earth Island Journal. April 23, 2015
“Basically, you've got BP’s oil stuck in many places of the Gulf of Mexico. You've got a blanket of oil on the bottom of the ocean. You've got oil that’s floating around in the sort of shallow waters, and some of it is these huge tar mats that get broken up by the waves. Pieces of the tar mats come to shore, particularly during storm season, and during storm season you often see huge mats that come to shore." (Read More)

BP oil spill: recovery road is long
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times Picayune. April 22, 2015
“After BP finally and permanently halted the flow of oil from its Macondo well on July 15, 2010, the company unsuccessfully attempted to hire many key scientists who would end up tracking the long, slow road to recovery of fisheries and wildlife damaged by the spill, reported." (Read More)

Five years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
By E.P. Bannon, April 23, 2015
“Even today, the full scope of the long-term negative environmental impact remains unknown. A study by the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences published last year stated that the 2010 spill left behind a massive “bathtub ring” of crude oil roughly three times the size of New York City. An estimated 2 million barrels of oil remain trapped in the ocean in a miles-long deep-water plume whose whereabouts remain unknown." (Read More)

Oil may have killed Gulf dolphins
By David Biello, Scientific American. April 22, 2015
“Put all that evidence together and it supports the hypothesis that the oil spill contributed to the increase in deaths," says veterinarian Stephanie Venn-Watson of the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 22, 2015

April 22, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

The Gulf, Still at Risk
By The Editorial Board, The New York Times. April 22, 2015
“While much of the oil has evaporated, been consumed by bacteria or widely dispersed, its poisons linger in marshes and wetlands, deep-sea corals are visibly damaged, and scientists have estimated that millions of gallons settled in roughly 1,200 square miles of the ocean floor, with untold consequences for the health of bottom-dwelling organisms." (Read More)

BP’s claims of Gulf recovery are a mockery
By David Yarnold, Tribune News Service. April 22, 2015
“Here's what BP doesn't want you to know: Its crews had been on the scene of that massive cleanup for the three weeks leading up to the release of that report which claimed all cleanup operations had been long finished. That's a serious truth gap. The British-owned oil giant continues to be far more concerned about its bottom line than repairing the damage it inflicted on the Gulf Coast." (Read More)

Environmentalists Warn That Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Could be a Mirage
*features Steve Cochran, EDF
By Paul Barret, Bloomberg. April 21, 2015
“The size of the fines BP ultimately pays, he added, “will go a long way toward signaling to BP, and to operators in the Gulf and elsewhere, that the U.S. is defending its waters, coasts, and the people and businesses who live there. And justice for the Gulf comes from outcomes like that, not luck." (Read More)

Five Years After the BP Oil Spill, Gulf Coast Residents Say “BP Hasn’t Made Things Right”
By Julie Dermansky, April 21, 2015
“On March 31, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, a coalition of environmental groups, took members of the media to the site where the tar mat cleanup took place on East Grand Terre. The group found another tar mat in the same location. BP cleanup workers either missed some of the tar mat found weeks before, or a new one had been uncovered." (Read More)

BP oil spill’s poisons linger, fines should go to restoration, say NY Times editorial
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 21, 2015
“The BP oil spill has left behind poisons that continue to disrupt the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico and its shoreline, said an editorial in Wednesday's New York Times." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Oil still visible on La. Coast five years after BP spill (video)
*features David Muth, NWF, Simone Maloz, ROR
By John Snell, WVUE. April 20, 2015
“Earlier this month, just as BP released a report heralding the gulf's recovery, news crews approaching east Grand Terre Island stumbled onto workers mopping up a 30,000 pound tar mat, of BP oil." (Read More)

What will it take to restore the Gulf Coast and its people?
*features NAS & NWF
By Brentin Mock, Grist. April 20, 2015
“A few lingering problems have been identified by a group of major conservation groups, including National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation, that should concern us." (Read More)

BP oil spill: Environmental groups comment on 5th anniversary of the spill
*features MRD statements
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times Picayune. April 20, 2015
“The Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition, which includes the National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, issued a statement charging that BP continues to sidestep responsibility for the spill." (Read More)

Deepwater Horizon Five Years Later: What We Still Don’t Know
*features Melanie Driscoll, NAS
By Michelle Berger, The Weather Channel. April 20, 2015
“The marsh has a new edge in a lot of the heavily hit places,” Audubon’s Driscoll said. “It has eroded back from where it was at the time of the spill. If you walk the beaches, there are tarballs above [the] level from what they were before the disaster." (Read More)

Deepwater Horizon Five Years Later: What We Still Don’t Know (video)
*features David Muth, NWF
By Judy Woodruff, PBS News Hour. April 20, 2015
“Five years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 and sending a torrent of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. When it was finally capped, more than 100 million gallons had spilled, resulting in the deaths of thousands of animals. The beaches and waters look clean now, but the disaster caused long-lasting economic and environmental devastation." (Read More)

Five Years Later: Mississippi’s Environment After the BP Spill
*features Melanie Driscoll, NAS
By Evelina Burnett, MPB. April 21, 2015
“A study last year estimated more than 800,000 birds died in the three months after the spill. Melanie Driscoll, the National Audubon Society’s director of bird conservation on the Gulf Coast, says it may still be decades before the spill’s full effects are seen." (Read More)

Five Years after BP Spill, Questions Linger in the Gulf (Video)
By Anne Thompson, NBC News. April 21, 2015
“Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that claimed 11 oil workers and left the Gulf of Mexico slick with crude, what remains are questions." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Focus on Restoration – Not Misinformation | Commentary
By Douglas Meffert, NAS, David Muth, NWF, Steve Cochran, EDF, Roll Call. April 20, 2015
“We all have an urgent calling to save the Mississippi River Delta, one of America’s greatest national treasures. Yet despite BP’s claims, five years later, we have a long way to go before the Gulf is back to normal and meaningful restoration is achieved." (Read More)

Five years after spill, Gulf Coast waits for fine money
*features Brian Moore, NAS
By Deborah Barfield Berry & Ledyard King, USA Today. April 17, 2015
“It's disappointing that this money has not flowed yet," said Brian Moore, legislative director for the National Audubon Society. "It's absolutely irresponsible for this company to reap massive, massive profits, have the largest environmental disaster in the United States history and not say, 'It's our fault. We're going to fix it." (Read More)

5 years later: Some worries, some triumphs reported
*features MRD statement
By Ken Stickney, The Courier-Journal. April 19, 2015
“Not so, says the National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society and the Environmental Defense Fund. Those organization issued a statement last week that said "there is no question that the damage unleased by the BP oil spill is serious, evident and ongoing." (Read More)

5 Years After Recovery: A Long Road Ahead (Video)
*features Doug Meffert, NAS
Wake Up with Al, The Weather Channel. April 20, 2015
“Dr. Douglas Meffert, Environmental Scientist joins the show to talk about the status of the Gulf recovering from the BP oil spill that happened 5 years ago to date." (Read More)

Has Gulf recovered 5 years after BP oil spill? Ahead (Video)
*features Collin O’Mara, NWF
The Today Show. April 20, 2015
“Five years ago, the worst oil spill in history began to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico. A well exploded, killing 11 workers and setting off 87 days of uncontrolled leaking. NBC's Kerry Sanders looks at the Gulf five years later." (Read More)

A million dead birds and five years later, scientists still struggling to assess BP spill’s impact
*features Doug Meffert, NAS
By Eileen Fleming, WWNO. April 20, 2015
“What wasn’t as easy to see was the damage done to bird populations closer to the blown-out well 60 miles off shore. Up to a million birds were killed in 2010 due to the oil spill, according to Peter Yaukey, geography professor at the University of New Orleans. And that huge number does not reflect what damage may develop as birds that survived start to age." (Read More)

BP Oil Spill: Louisiana Wetland Loss is Speeding Up Due to Crude from Deepwater Horizon Disaster
*features Alisha Renfro, NWF, Simone Maloz, ROR
By Maria Gallucci, International Business Times. April 18, 2015
“Now, oil-soaked marshes and barrier islands that would’ve taken decades to erode have nearly vanished in just a few years, ecologists say. The Gulf’s dramatic advance is increasingly exposing millions of residents to hurricane-fueled storm surges and damaging floods." (Read More)

Land building at Davis Pond studied, project was launched decades ago to help fisheries
*features Alisha Renfro, NWF, Lindsay Nakashima, NAS
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. April 20, 2015
“As a relatively small diversion taking water from the upper layers of the river without much sand, it wasn’t expected that much land would be built. Small deltas have built, though. Two research projects this spring are going to try to answer how much land has been built and how sediment from the river is moving through this system." (Read More)

Island Disappears After Oil Spill (Video)
*features David Muth, NWF
The Weather Channel. April 18, 2015
“Five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, splotches of oil still dot the seafloor and wads of tarry petroleum-smelling material hide in pockets in some marshes." (Read More)

Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: ‘It’s not going back to normal no time soon’
*features Alisha Renfro, NWF
By Peter Moskowitz, The Guardian. April 18, 2015
“The Gulf is a big, complicated system that we struggle to understand in the best of times,” said Alisha Renfro, a staff scientist with the National Wildlife Federation in New Orleans. “Then we added 134 million gallons of oil to it." (Read More)

Five Years After the BP Oil Disaster: A Barrier Island for Nesting Birds Devoid of Life
*Melanie Driscoll, NAS
By Julie Dermansky, April 19, 2015
“Heavily-oiled marshes erode at double the rate of a non-oiled marsh,” said Melanie Driscoll, Director of Bird Conservation for the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi flyway for the Audubon Society, citing a scientific peer-reviewed study done after the BP spill." (Read More)

5 Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Spokesman Tells Public Not to Worry About Tar Balls in the Water
*features Alisha Renfro, NWF
By Josh Israel, Think Progress. April 19, 2015
“Alisha Renfro, the Mississippi River Delta Campaign staff scientist for the National Wildlife Federation told a This Week reporter that while you no longer see oil slicked islands today: “You see tar balls that are washing up. And what it points to is the fact that oil is still in the system and, just because we can’t always see it everywhere we go, it’s still out there." (Read More)

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 5 Years Later
*features Alisha Renfro, NWF
By Mary Alice Parks, ABC News. April 20, 2015
“Clean-up isn’t restoration,” argued Alisha Renfro, a staff scientist for National Wildlife Federation’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign. “You don’t get a cookie for doing what you are required to do by law. Clean-up is absolutely essential and it is the first step, but this continues and will continue to be a problem for years to come." (Read More)

It’s been five years since the BP oil spill and problems still persist (Video)
*features David Muth, NWF, Natalie Peyronnin, EDF
By Jonathan Martin. Al Jazeera America. April 16, 2015
“The cleanup is done but the debate over the spill's lasting effects is far from finished." (Read More)

5 years after spill, effects of oil on Gulf still uncertain
*David Muth, NWF
By Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle. April 19, 2015
“There is no way you can dump that much oil into the ecosystem and not have long-term effects," said David Muth, the New Orleans-based director of the Gulf restoration effort for the National Wildlife Federation, an advocacy group." (Read More)

Five years later, oil spill’s environmental impact debated
*David Muth, NWF
By Jacob Batte, Houma Courrier. April 18, 2015
“Some uncollected oil has broken down into invisible compounds, said David Muth, state director of the National Wildlife Federation's Louisiana Coastal Campaign. In some cases, that oil can be even more toxic than what originally soiled the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida five years ago." (Read More)

Editorial: Five years after oil disaster, coastal health still in doubt
Tampa Bay Times. April 16, 2015
“Scientists, though, warn it will take years to measure the spill's impact on dolphins, fisheries, coral, marshes and other marine life and habitat. Trustees for the federal-state environmental study were so incensed that BP used this anniversary to claim that the gulf was "returning to its baseline condition" that the group issued a press release last month blasting the statement as misleading, inappropriate and premature." (Read More)

On BP oil spill anniversary, trustees and BP announce $134M in proposed early restoration projects
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times Picayune. April 20, 2015
“Federal and state trustees and BP announced tentative approval of 10 more natural resource early restoration projects, totaling $134 million, on Monday (Apr. 20), the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon accident that killed 11 workers and resulted in the release of 3.19 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico." (Read More)

5 years after Deepwater Horizon: How the secrets were spilled
By Ben Raines, April 17, 2015
“For me, the BP oil spill of 2010 began with the words, "The following is not public…" (Read More)

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger and Recovery is Slow
By Debbie Elliott, NPR. April 20, 2015
“Louisiana was already losing land at an alarming rate, but scientists confirm that the oil spill accelerated the pace. Barataria Bay has lost key bird nesting islands, and federal government studies indicate that dolphins here in the bay are sick and dying at a higher rate than normal and show signs of oil poisoning." (Read More)

BP Oil Spill Anniversary: Four Innovative Projects to Restore Louisiana’s Sinking Coastlines
By Marie Gallucci, International Business Times. April 20, 2015
“Now Louisianians are racing to halt the destruction and rebuild what they’ve lost. Without wetlands, coastal residents lose natural defenses against hurricane-fueled storm surges and sea level rise. Wildlife and shellfish lose habitats, in turn threatening the livelihood and culinary culture of millions of people." (Read More)

Five years on, Gulf still paying price for BP oil spill
By Michael Casey, CBS News. April 20, 2015
“Scientists have concluded the spill damaged the health of scores of species in the Gulf, from algae to birds to sea turtles to coral reefs. And while many have recovered, the effects on some species could last for generations." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Commentary: Charting a new future for the Gulf of Mexico
By Laura Huffman, Houston Chronicle. April 15, 2015
“The Deepwater Horizon oil spill destroyed livelihoods, damaged fragile ecosystems and disrupted the way of life of the Gulf region. But from that tragedy has emerged an unparalleled opportunity to invest in the future of the Gulf Coast." (Read More)

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred
By Seth Borenstein & Cain Burdeau, Associated Press. April 16, 2015
“The spill was — and continues to be — a disaster," said Oregon State marine sciences professor Jane Lubchenco, who was the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the spill. "The bottom line is that oil is nasty stuff. Yes, the Gulf is resilient, but it was hit pretty darn hard." (Read More)
Five years later, Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery parties renew commitment to long term Gulf recovery
Government Security News Magazine. April 15, 2015
“Five years after the nation’s largest off-shore oil spill, the leaders of three aspects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery effort, including the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council), the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), have expressed continued commitment to ensure the Gulf of Mexico fully recovers from this disaster." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Is Gulf Oil Spill’s Damage Over or Still Unfolding?
*features Doug Meffert, NAS & Natalie Peyronnin, EDF
By Craig Welch, National Geographic. April 14, 2015
“Five years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, early reports from this and other research suggest that the ecological damage lingered in unexpected ways. But scientists say cataloging what that means for the Gulf's future grows more complex with time." (Read More)

5 Years after the Gulf oil spill: What we do (and don’t) know
By Drew Griffin, Nelli Black & Curt Devine, CNN. April 14, 2015
“But perhaps the greatest unknown is what, if anything, millions of gallons of oil on the deep seafloor are doing to the overall environment of the Gulf itself." (Read More)

Opinion: Why we can’t forget the Gulf
By Philippe Cousteau Jr., CNN. April 14, 2015
“First, it's important to understand that the principle "out of sight, out of mind" doesn't apply in the communities of Gulf Coast states. The BP oil spill's legacy continues to haunt this region like a recurring cancer." (Read More)
Louisiana House committee approves $725 million budget for 2015 coastal plan, over protests from St. Bernard, Plaquemines
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times- Picayune, April 14, 2015
“A Louisiana legislative committee Monday approved $725 million for a fiscal year 2015 coastal plan that includes $477 million for constructions of levees and coastal restoration projects." (Read More)

Heart of Louisiana: Grand Isle birds
*features Erik Johnson, NAS
By Dave McNamara, WVUE, April 14, 2015
“In the peak of bird migration, which is about late April, about 2.5 million birds a day are passing through South Louisiana on the way to their breeding grounds,” said Erik Johnson with the Louisiana Audubon Society." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Gulf Revival – Incoming oil spill funds drive conservation efforts across the Gulf
By Frederick Reimers, Carlton Ward Jr., Nature Conservancy Magazine. April/May, 2015
“The Gulf of Mexico is one of the nation’s most biologically productive regions, teeming with thousands of species. It’s also one of the most economically important, with Gulf waters supporting a fishing industry that supplies more than a third of the seafood Americans eat. As expansive as the Gulf of Mexico is, the ecosystem’s foundations of production are the estuaries, bays, marshes and river mouths where fresh water from the mainland mixes with seawater." (Read More)

CNN to mark 5th anniversary of Deepwater Horizon disaster with Tuesday (April 14) special
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune. April 13, 2015
“In the special, Drew Griffin, CNN's senior investigative correspondent, will "explore the impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on the people, the economy and the environment of the Gulf Coast.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

5 years later, no final word on BP spill’s effects
*Features Doug Meffert, NAS, David Muth, NWF, Alisha Renfro, NWF
By David Hammer, WWL TV & Richard Thompson, The New Orleans Advocate. April 12, 2015
“Five years on, many scientists say that it will take more time, perhaps even decades, to fully grasp the spill's impact on the region." (Read More)

BP Oil Spill After Effects (Audio)
*Features Doug Meffert, NAS, Steve Cochran, EDF
WWL. April 10, 2015
“Don Dubuc sits in for Garland Robinette and talks to National Audubon Society Vice President Doug Meffert and Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program Director Steve Cochran about the lasting effects that are still being seen after 5 years since the disaster." (Read More)

How much oil?
By Brian Palmer, onEarth. April 10, 2015
“How big? It’s probably the most basic question you can ask about an oil spill. When an oil well is leaking into the bottom of the sea, though, the calculation is anything but straightforward. Nearly five years after the Macondo well was capped, putting an end to an 87-day-long oil and gas gush, experts still don’t agree on how much oil came out." (Read More)
Titanic explorer’s science team to study BP spill effects on deep Gulf, TV station reports
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 10, 2015
“The scientific team underwritten by oceanographer Robert Ballard, who located the remains of the Titanic in 1985, is kicking off an exploration of deepwater corals and other species to determine their health five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill." (Read More)

Oil from BP spill probably sprayed out in tiny drops
By Beth moles, Science News. April 10, 2015
“Much of the oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have shattered into droplets too small to rise to the surface. The finding could help researchers account for oil still missing from the spill." (Read More)

Plaquemines Parish moves ahead with plans to restore island that nearly vanished after oil spill
By John Snell, WVUE-FOX 8. April 09, 2015
“Despite some misgivings about repeating the same work, Plaquemines Parish is moving forward with plans to restore an island heavily damaged in the 2010 Gulf oil spill." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Mutated Truths
By Sarah Craig & Rocky Kistner, onEarth. April 7, 2015
“In 2010, NRDC partnered with StoryCorps and Bridge the Gulf to tell stories of people living through the Deepwater Horizon disaster. As the five-year mark approaches, onEarth revisited Gulf residents for an update. First of four parts." (Read More)

Mapping Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast
By Jesse Hardman, WWNO. April 7, 2015
“Vic steers the boat to a navigation channel made by the Army Corps of Engineers. His GPS clearly shows the boat traveling up a sliver of water, with land on either side. But when you look up from the screen, the old form of navigation, you can see the channel is ten times wider than it used to be." (Read More)

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