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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Wetland Resources Invents Ways to Save Coastline Faster

By Eve Abrams, WWNO. May 12, 2015
“Shaffer says coastal Louisiana’s biggest problem is saltwater intrusion. Not only do cypress and tupelo protect against hurricanes, they build back the land through their roots, which trap sediment, and their leaves, which decompose extremely slowly in the marsh. But these trees die in saltwater. Restoration requires freshwater." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Bill would inject a $10 million into coastal restoration
By Antwan Harris, WWLTV. May 10, 2015
“A subcommittee on water and energy included the funds for the 2016 fiscal year after much debate in Washington. The money will be used to restore the coast using dredging material and would add about 3 miles of wetlands every year over the next 50 years. Overall the plan would add about 900 new miles of land with better protection while pushing the erosion elsewhere." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

After the oil spill: Still looking for answers 5 years later amid Louisiana beauty and hidden concerns
By Katie Oxford, Houston Culture Map. May 08, 2015
“I see spin whenever I see the BP ads. They give you the impression that ecology wise, resolution has occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. All’s well. They say things like, “I’m from Louisiana – I grew up here,” to sell sentiment. They don’t mention the complexity of the ecosystem. The necessity of time required and continued study if we’re to learn the real consequences. Long term." (Read More)

WWNO’s Coastal Glossary
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson & Jesse Hardman, WWNO. May 08, 2015
“As we explore the Gulf Coast more comprehensively than ever before, trying to understand better the complex relationships inherent in the restoration process, there's a lot to learn and keep track of.
In order to both understand and talk about coastal erosion, an expanded vocabulary is needed — one filled with brand-new terms whose definitions are integral to absorbing the problems and solutions Louisiana faces around water and land loss." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Gulf Oil Spill Completely Destroyed this Island
*features Natalie Peyronnin, EDF & Doug Meffert, NAS
By Stephen Luntz, IFL Science. May 06, 2015
“As Natalie Peyronnin of the Environmental Defense Fund explains. “The oil comes down, it kills the mangroves, which then kills the root system. And the root is holding together this island, and without that root system holding together, the sediment it just erodes away.” An island 5.5 acres in size (2 hectares) has largely vanished." (Read More)

5 years ago, this island was the size of 4 football fields – now a devastating disaster has completely washed it away
*features Natalie Peyronnin, EDF
By Jessica Orwig, Business Insider. May 07, 2015
“Wiping Cat Island, which used to be about the size of four American football fields, from the face of the earth in less than a decade took a different kind of devastation: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010." (Read More)
 
Island dissolves in the Gulf of Mexico
*features Natalie Peyronnin, EDF
By Dan Bronis, WSFX. May 06, 2015
“The island was about six acres and within five years very little land remains above the waters surface. This could impact birds migrating that use the island as a resting stop. This could be the first of many long term effects seen from this preventable and costliest US environmental disaster." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

NOAA announces long-term Gulf of Mexico ecosystem research priorities
NOAA. May 06, 2015
“As part of the final version of the science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program, today NOAA announced 10 long-term research priorities in the Gulf of Mexico, including how the Gulf’s waters, natural resources, fisheries and coastal communities are all interconnected. NOAA’s program supports research on the Gulf’s long-term ecological sustainability and its fisheries." (Read More)

Ducks Unlimited secures funding for Texas, Louisiana projects
By Conor Harrison, LoneStar Outdoor News. May 06, 2015
“The coastal prairies and marshes of Texas and Louisiana provide some of the most critical waterfowl habitat on the continent. Unfortunately, this habitat and all of its values to wildlife, fisheries and people are disappearing,” said DU Director of Conservation Programs Jerry Holden. “We are battling a long-term crisis of coastal marsh loss exacerbated by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and the selection of these grants reflects a national understanding of that importance." (Read More)

Conference is next step after ruling in complicated 2005 Hurricane Katrina flood lawsuit
By Kevin McGill, AP. May 06, 2015
“Braden's ruling noted the environmental damage widely attributed to the channel in ruling that the MRGO played a role in flooding in St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans' hard-hit Lower 9th Ward. The MRGO was closed in 2009." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

NOAA announces new Deepwater Horizon oil spill searchable database web tool
NOAA. May 04, 2015
“A new online tool developed by NOAA  to manage and integrate the massive amounts of data collected by different sources during the five years following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, called DIVER for Data Integration, Visualization, Exploration, and Reporting, is now available for use by research teams and the public at https://dwhdiver.orr.noaa.gov." (Read More)
 
St. Bernard residents could see flooding, higher insurance after tax rejection
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. May 04, 2015
“The St. Bernard failure could affect the entire east bank because the new $14.5 billion hurricane storm surge system is designed as a perimeter wall wrapped around all three parishes. A break in one section due to poor maintenance could result in flooding pouring into adjoining areas." (Read More)

St. Bernard tax defeat means higher flood risk, flood insurance rates, levee leaders warn
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. May 04, 2015
“We may be forced to reduce staff and pumping capabilities, which may result in street flooding during rain events," he said. "The Lake Borgne Basin Levee District has a legal responsibility to maintain and operate the new federal system. The failure of this millage, will require the Levee District to take drastic measures to meet that obligation." (Read More)

Project to build coastal land heads to design
By Chris Leblanc, The Daily Comet. May 02, 2015
“According to the early project vision, the pipeline will draw 5 million cubic yards of sand each year from the bed of the Atchafalaya River south of Morgan City through a 50-mile-long system of pipes and booster pumps and into Terrebonne Parish. The sediment would be pumped in to rebuild coastline in problem zones outside the Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane protection system." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 04, 2015

May 4, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Mississippi River diversion proponents use full-page ad to state their case
*features MRD statement, Natalie Peyronnin, EDF,
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. May 04, 2015
“A full-page advertisement that ran Sunday in a number of publications in Louisiana, including The Advocate, highlights the need for large, land-building diversions to be built along the Mississippi River as part of the state’s coastal restoration plan. Andy Nyman, a wetland scientist at LSU, said scientists discussed the need to counter misinformation being spread about future sediment diversions." (Read More)
 
Judge: Corps’ MR-GO ‘took’ value of properties in St. Bernard, Lower 9th Ward
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. May 01, 2015
“A federal judge Friday ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers' construction and absent maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet channel created a "ticking time bomb" that magnified the effects of storm surge flooding in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans." (Read More)

U.S. Liable in New Orleans-Area Flooding
By John Schwartz, The New York Times. May 01, 2015
“Judge Susan G. Braden of the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington focused her decision on a navigation project built by the Army Corps of Engineers, a canal known as the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet and nicknamed MR-GO. The canal has been linked to devastating flood damage in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans and damage to nearby St. Bernard Parish after the hurricane struck on Aug. 29, 2005. The canal has since been closed." (Read More)

Five years after BP spill, Gulf of Mexico is rekindling responsibility for the Gulf’s future
By Mark Tercek & Robert Bendick, Huffington Post. May 01, 2015
“The majority of the state and federal agency projects emphasize restoration of the Gulf's estuaries and their tributaries, reflecting the science that the health of the Gulf as a whole depends on the health of the places where freshwater and saltwater mix. This estuary approach also breaks Gulf restoration into smaller pieces where individuals and local groups can have long-term influence on the direction of restoration activities in their home waters." (Read More)

South Mississippian touts value of conservancy group’s Gulf study proposal
By James Skrmetta, Sun Herald. May 01, 2015
“Gulf waters were laced with about 210 million gallons of oil five years ago after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Now, a conservancy group is making a plea to study the waters before another disaster occurs. The Oceans Conservancy Group is asking for money from a proposed $22 million in the federal RESTORE Act Trust Fund to map the Gulf of Mexico for the purpose of getting a scientific baseline of what is there." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Bayou Lafourche dredging could start next month
By Jacob Batte, Houma Courier. April 29, 2015
“A nearly $20 million project to dredge more than eight miles of Bayou Lafourche is expected to begin within the next month, officials said. The Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District received three bids Monday for the second phase of a large-scale project that aims to increase Mississippi River water flow into the bayou." (Read More)

Recycled Christmas trees used to build up land in Bayou Sauvage
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson, WWNO. April 30, 2015
“Christmas trees are picked up curbside after the new year, packaged into bundles, and dropped via helicopter into a local wetlands area to build back land mass. The National Guard uses it as a training exercise, and the nearby wildlife refuge Bayou Sauvage gets a coastal restoration project." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

NOAA study finds marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience
NOAA News. April 29, 2015
“The resilience of U.S. coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion and other threats can be strengthened when they are protected by natural infrastructure such as marshes, reefs, and beaches, or with hybrid approaches, such as a “living shoreline” — a combination of natural habitat and built infrastructure, according to a new NOAA study." (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Engineering a better future for the Mississippi Delta
Phys.org. April 28, 2015
“River deltas, low-lying landforms that host critical and diverse ecosystems as well as high concentrations of human population, face an uncertain future. Even as some deltas experience decreased sediment supply from damming, others will see increased sediment discharge from land-use changes. Accurate estimates of the current rate of subsidence in the Mississippi Delta are important for planning wetland restoration and predictions of storm surge flooding." (Read More)

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