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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 19, 2016

January 19, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

Officials and environmentalists lament that water once again is high in the Mississippi but sediment isn’t being diverted to marshes
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 16, 2016.
*features John Lopez (LPBF), David Muth and Alisha Renfro (NWF), and Kim Reyher (CRCL)
"After the 2011 flood pushed record amounts of silt-laden water through the Mississippi River valley, coastal activists lamented the fact that no river diversions were in place to capture some of the sediment to help rebuild Louisiana’s marshes…" (read more)

Lafourche, Terrebonne coastal projects supported as state priorities
By Jacob Batte, Houma Courier. Jan. 15, 2016.
*features Simone Maloz, Restore or Retreat
"Restoration projects in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes are among the top priorities in the state's Coastal Master Plan, and local officials expressed hope Thursday night that support will continue…" (read more).

Mississippi River crests in Baton Rouge, will inch lower as water leaves the floodplain for the Gulf of Mexico
By Amy Wold, The New Orleans Advocate. Jan. 18, 2016.
"The rising Mississippi River crested Monday in Baton Rouge at a slightly lower than expected level of 43.3 feet, but the high water is expected to stick around for a while…" (read more)

Letters: Ink wasted on climate change doubter
Opinion by Alexander S Kolker, The Advocate. Jan. 18, 2016.
"It was very disappointing to see Cal Thomas’s climate skepticism column printed in The Advocate. Climate change is real, and it is a threat to Louisianan and the nation. Scientists have been able to demonstrate that Earth’s temperature is increasing, as are greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane…" (read more)

Swelling Mississippi River proves challenging, part of doing business on waterway
By Heath Allen, WDSU. Jan. 15, 2016.
"The Mississippi River continues to get a lot of attention in the wake of the collision Thursday that set free six barges near the Crescent City Connection. The Coast Guard is watching river traffic, while the Corps of Engineers manages the level…" (read more).

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 14, 2016

January 14, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

New state coastal restoration adviser wants to review sediment diversion plans
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 13, 2016.
*features David Muth, National Wildlife Federation and Steve Cochran, Environmental Defense Fund
"Gov. John Bel Edwards' new coastal adviser, Johnny Bradberry, has asked for a new review of the effects of proposed, major sediment diversions on fisheries and oysters and the fishers whose economic livelihood depend on those resources…" (read more)

More should be done for wildlife displaced by Bonnet Carre Spillway opening, Humane Society says
By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 13, 2016.
"At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ordered the closure of deer season in the Bonnet Carre Spillway with the opening of the bays that regulate water flow from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain…" (read more)

U.S. Corps of Engineers flood protection study no longer includes mandatory buyouts in southwest Louisiana; coastal officials relieved
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 13, 2016.
"To the relief of some state coastal board members, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Wednesday that a study on how to provide coastal restoration and flood protection to southwest Louisiana no longer includes mandatory buyouts of any property…" (read more)

US: LEGISLATION PAVES WAY FOR BAYOU RESTORATION PROJECT
By Dredging News Online. Jan. 14, 2016.
"US Senator David Vitter (R-La.) has announced that Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana will be receiving a grant of US$23,737,478 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the restoration of Oyster Bayou Marsh in Cameron Parish…" (read more)

Proposed 2017 coastal restoration, levee budget is $687M
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 12, 2016.
"Louisiana would spend $687 million on coastal restoration and levee projects in fiscal year 2017, with 60 percent of the money going to construction, according to a draft coastal annual plan to be presented to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday (Jan. 13)…" (read more).

High water is still a danger
By Editorial Board Staff, The Houma Courier. Jan. 13, 2016.
"Residents across Louisiana are nervously watching the swollen rivers, hoping that we escape the current conditions with little or no damage to people or property…" (read more)

Edwards: Levees remain strong, containing rising river
By Greg Hilburn, Gannett. Jan. 13, 2016.
"VIDALIA — Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed confidence Wednesday that the rising Mississippi River will be contained within its levees after taking an aerial tour from Vidalia to Morgan City…" (read more)

Corps noting areas that need attention on Mississippi River levee; list is much shorter than 2011 flooding
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 13, 2016.
"Before the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers even reach their crests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is compiling a list of repairs that will need to be done before spring flooding occurs in a few months…" (read more)

State, local officials push for $100 million floodgate near Morgan City
By Jacob Batte, The Daily Comet. Jan. 13, 2016.
"Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to ask President Barack Obama to expedite a declaration of emergency and federal reimbursements to help pay for a temporary flood control project in Bayou Chene…" (read more)

Around-the-clock levee inspections begin ahead of Mississippi River crest in Baton Rouge
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 12, 2016.
"The Pontchartrain Levee District started 24-hour patrols of levees Tuesday, including those going through East Baton Rouge Parish, less than a week before the Mississippi River is expected to reach its crest of 43.5 feet…" (read more).

Aerial video: See rushing water, big crowds at Bonnet Carre Spillway opening
By The Advocate. Jan. 12, 2016.
"Hundreds gathered at the massive Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish on Sunday morning to watch as it was opened for the first time in four years…" (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 12, 2016

January 12, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

Mississippi floods’ silty lining
By Eric Wolff, Politico Morning Energy. Jan. 11, 2016.
*features Doug Meffert, National Audubon Society
"The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre spillway north of New Orleans to protect nearby communities from Mississippi flood waters yesterday, but the move could offer a side benefit: the influx of silt could help buttress the Louisiana's withering wetlands…" (read more)

Morganza Floodway will not be opened, Corps of Engineers decides
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 11, 2016.
"The Morganza Floodway, designed to divert a portion of the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya River Basin, need not be opened to reduce the Mississippi's flow to safe levels this month between the floodway and the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday (Jan. 11). 'The latest information indicates that the river crest can be safely passed through south Louisiana without operation of the Morganza control structure,' said Major Gen. Michael Wehr, commander of the corps' Mississippi Valley Division…" (read more)

Corps predicts Morganza spillway opening not needed to control flood conditions along the Mississippi River
By Amy Wold, The New Orleans Advocate. Jan. 11, 2016.
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported Monday that it won’t need to use the Morganza Control Structure because the flow of water in the Mississippi River isn’t expected to be strong enough to trigger the opening…" (read more)

BP oil spill: Should BP pay firms hurt by the 2010 federal drilling ban?
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 11, 2016.
"A federal judge is expected to approve the $20 billion settlement over damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster in coming weeks, finalizing the agreement reached in October 2015 after years of legal battle between the federal government and BP…" (read more)

Eyes in the Sky: Green Groups Are Harnessing Data from Space
By Jacques Leslie. Yale Environment 360. Jan. 11, 2016.
"An increasing number of nonprofit organizations are relying on satellite imagery to monitor environmental degradation. Chief among them is SkyTruth, which has used this data to expose the extent of the BP oil spill, uncover mining damage, and track illegal fishing worldwide…" (read more)

Refineries, plants prepare for high water
By Ted Griggs, The New Orleans Advocate. Jan. 11, 2016.
"With the memory of 2011’s flooding still fresh, Baton Rouge- and New Orleans-area refineries and chemical plants are lining up generators, pumps and sandbags to cope with the deluge of water surging down the Mississippi River…" (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

Bonnet Carre Spillway opens Sunday to praise, warnings
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 10, 2016.
*features Steve Cochran, Environmental Defense Fund
"Cranes atop the weir separating the Mississippi River from the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco began pulling long creosoted timber "needles" from the first of 350 bays at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 10), part of a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the river's flow as it moves past New Orleans by directing part of its water into Lake Pontchartrain…" (read more)

‘It’s an engineering miracle’: Bonnet Carre Spillway opens Sunday, the earliest opening in its 85-year history
By Katy Reckdahl, The New Orleans Advocate. Jan. 10, 2016.
*features John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
"Hundreds of people clad in caps and heavy coats gathered at the massive Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish on Sunday morning to watch as it was opened for the first time in four years…" (read more)

New Orleans Prepares For Mississippi River Flooding
By Tegan Wendland, WWNO. Jan. 9, 2016.
*features John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
"All eyes in Louisiana are on the Mississippi River. Floods that swept the Midwest are headed south, and that will test the levee system in Louisiana. Tegan Wendland at member station WWNO reports that the Army Corps of Engineers has amped up its flood-fighting efforts to protect the city of New Orleans…" (read more)

What the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening means for Lake Pontchartrain
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 8, 2016.
*features David Muth, National Wildlife Federation
"The opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway at 10 a.m. Sunday by the Army Corps of Engineers will kick off a variety of efforts to track the environmental effects of nutrient-rich Mississippi River water that will flow into Lake Pontchartrain, freshening both the lake, and adjacent Lake Borgne and the Mississippi Sound…" (read more)

Corps of Engineers opens Bonnet Carre Spillway Sunday in response to early flood conditions
By Katy Reckdahl, The New Orleans Advocate. Jan. 10, 2016.
"On Sunday morning, crowds gathered at the massive Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish to watch its official opening. Two cranes moved along the railway tracks that top the flood-control structure and removed some of the structure’s 7,000 wooden “needles,” allowing water from the swollen Mississippi River to bypass New Orleans…" (read more)

Mississippi River Flooding: Louisiana's Bonnet Carre Spillway Opened
By Sean Breslin, The Weather Channel. Jan. 10, 2016.
"Due to trillions of gallons of water flowing down the Mississippi River from historic flooding in Missouri and surrounding states, officials in Louisiana decided to open a spillway to keep that water from pouring into parts of New Orleans…" (read more)

History behind Bonnet Carré Spillway, look back at when it has opened
By Margaret Orr, WDSU News. Jan. 10, 2016.
"NEW ORLEANS —The Mississippi River at the Carrollton gage is 16.18 feet Sunday morning. It will hit 17 feet Monday, and will remain at that stage for a while — and that is with the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway…" (read more)

Bonnet Carre spillway is opened to help protect New Orleans
By The Associated Press. Jan. 10, 2016.
"NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday opened the Bonnet Carre (BAH-nee KAR-ee) Spillway for the first time in nearly five years, diverting water into Lake Pontchartrain to decrease the flow of the swollen Mississippi River near New Orleans…" (read more)

As the river water recedes, calls for new approaches rise
By Stephen Deere and Jacob Barker, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jan. 10, 2016.
"'They said it would never flood again,' she said. But three days of pounding rain last month exposed the dubious nature of making such promises amid changing weather patterns, urban sprawl and new levees… (read more)

Hunters prepare for possible opening of the Morganza Spillway
By Kevin Frey, KSLA News. Jan. 10, 2016.
"Hunters in the Morganza Spillway are preparing for the possible flooding that would occur if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the spillway structure operational…" (read more)

Bonnet Carre slated to open Sunday; Morganza on hold
By Joe Macaluso, The New Orleans Advocate. Jan. 9, 2016.
"With water levels in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers reaching record January levels, the Corps of Engineers announced a planned Sunday opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, but its plans to pull the pins on the Morganza Floodway’s bays remained uncertain as of Saturday afternoon…" (read more).

Louisiana National Guard building levees to protect Morgan City, patrolling other areas
By Juan Sanchez, WDSU News. Jan. 9, 2016.
"MORGAN CITY, La. —To help prevent backwater flooding from reaching Morgan City, the Louisiana National Guard is building more than two miles of levees on Avoca Island…" (read more).

Mississippi River flood forecast: south Louisiana residents hoping for the best, preparing for the worst
By Richard Burgess and Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 8, 2016.
"As the slug of water from upriver rains late last year continues to travel down the Mississippi River, people in south Louisiana are getting sandbags in place, cleaning out their camps and generally getting ready for the possibility that the Morganza Spillway could be opened early next week…" (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 8, 2016

January 8, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

Bonnet Carre Spillway to open 10 a.m. Sunday
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 7, 2016.
"The Army Corps of Engineers will begin opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish at 10 a.m. Sunday morning to reduce the level of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, so its flow does not exceed 1.25 million cubic feet per second in New Orleans, corps officials confirmed late Thursday…" (read more)

Spillway may be opened Monday, increasing local flooding threat
By Meredith Burns, The Houma Courier. Jan. 7, 2016.
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could open the first gate of the Morganza Spillway on Monday, increasing the flooding threat for at least five parishes, including western Terrebonne and parts of Lafourche…" (read more)

Army Corps of Engineers to open Bonnet Carré Spillway on Sunday
By Clint Durrett, WDSU News (New Orleans). Jan. 7, 2016.
"NEW ORLEANS —Due to heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising Mississippi River water stages and flow, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open the Bonnet Carré Spillway on Sunday…" (read more)

The Latest: Corps to open Bonnet Carre Spillway Sunday
By The Associated Press. Jan. 8, 2016.
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to open the Bonnet Carre (BAH-nee KAR-ee) Spillway on Sunday after heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages…" (read more)

High water on Mississippi River, Morganza Spillway could be opened
By Trevor, Sonnier, KALB (Alexandria, La.). Jan. 7, 2016.
"If the forecast from the National Weather Service does not change, the Morganza Spillway will open Monday…" (read more)

LWF Commission votes to close deer seasons in affected areas if Morganza or Bonnet Carre Spillways open
Louisiana Sportsman. Jan. 7, 2016.
"A potential closure to the deer season in a large swath of the Atchafalaya Basin looms if the Morganza Spillway is opened to divert flood water from the swollen Mississippi River, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries…" (read more)

Corps official says levees holding up well
The Vicksburg Post. Jan. 7, 2016.
"A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official says levee defenses on the lower Mississippi River are holding up well so far against the river’s winter flood…" (read more)

The Mississippi River flood of 1927
By Ron Grossman, The Chicago Tribune. Jan. 7, 2016.
"For a century and a half, Columbus, Ky., fought the Mississippi River to a draw, much like the towns of the Midwest and South that have been inundated during the flooding of recent months. But in 1927, Columbus' 600 or so residents threw in the towel, moving to higher ground — lock, stock and with whatever was left of its shopkeepers' barrels. After a local levee broke, the entire business district sank into the river. Only 13 of the town's 150 homes were still habitable…" (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 7, 2016

January 7, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

New Leader Announced for Louisiana Coastal Restoration
By Dredging Today. Jan. 6, 2016.
*features Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition
"Louisiana Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards has announced that Johnny Bradberry is his appointee for Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities…" (read more)

Documentary focuses on oil spill, land loss
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 6, 2016.
"In 2010, Jon Bowermaster was wrapping up the editing of his latest documentary — this time about the relationship between Louisiana residents and the water that surrounds them…" (read more).

Corps, levee districts begin daily Mississippi River levee inspections
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 6, 2016.
"With the Mississippi River forecast to rise to 15 feet at the Carrollton Gage in New Orleans on Thursday (Jan. 7), the Army Corps of Engineers and local levee districts have begun daily high river inspections of the river levees for sand boils, seepage and other problems…" (read more).

La. Guard prepares for winter flooding
By WWL-TV. Jan. 6, 2016.
"The Louisiana National Guard has mobilized more than 70 personnel, with more expected in the coming days, to assist local, parish and state emergency officials in advance of expected river flooding at the request of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness…" (read more)

Secret to saving south Louisiana
Opinion by Frankie Gilbert, The Houma Courier. Jan. 6, 2016.
"South Louisiana may be saved from sinking into the Gulf of Mexico by building a sea wall like Galveston, Texas, did. Our money we have spent over the last 20 years shows little chance to prevent a category 5 hurricane from overtopping and flooding many cities south of U.S. 90. Giant blocks of concrete can be poured and put into position close to the shoreline from Cameron to the Mississippi River…" (read more).

 

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 6, 2016

January 6, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

Corps recommends opening Bonnet Carre Spillway, possibly beginning Saturday
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 5, 2016.
*features John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
"The Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish should be opened in the next few days to reduce the height of the rising Mississippi River that's threatening levees in the New Orleans area, funneling a portion of the river's flow into Lake Pontchartrain, Col. Richard Hansen, the commander of the New Orleans District of the Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday (Jan. 5)…" (read more)

Corps recommends opening Bonnet Carre Spillway, possibly beginning Saturday (video)
NOLA.com. Jan. 5, 2016.
"Corps recommends opening Bonnet Carre Spillway, possibly beginning Saturday…" (watch here).

John Bel Edwards names Johnny Bradberry to head coastal restoration authority
By Kevin Litten, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 6, 2016.
"Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards has chosen Johnny Bradberry to lead the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the agency charged with overseeing billions of dollars of state and federal funding used to manage the state's coastline…" (read more).

Army Corps to begin checking levees daily, Bonnet Carre announcement expected Wednesday
By Kevin Frey, WAFB. Jan. 6, 2016.
"Army Corps to begin checking levees daily, Bonnet Carre announcement expected Wednesday…" (read more).

Flood Warning Issued For New Orleans Area
By Tegan Wendland, WWNO. Jan. 5, 2016.
"The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River in New Orleans and surrounding areas, effective January 12. This comes as floodwater from devastating winter rain in the Midwest makes its way south…" (read more).

Flood warning issued for New Orleans, surrounding area after river reaches 14 feet
By Juan Sanchez, WDSU. Jan. 5, 2016.
"New Orleans and the surrounding area are under a flood warning, the National Weather Service said Tuesday…" (read more).

The historic Mississippi River flood: Before and after, from space
By Jason Samenow and Angela Fritz, The Washington Post. Jan. 5, 2016.
"The torrential rains that drenched Illinois and Missouri in late December raised the Mississippi River to its highest crest on record south of St. Louis this week. The before and after imagery of the river from this region, obtained by NASA’s Terra satellite, is stunning…" (read more).

Draft of $687 million spending plan for Louisiana coastal projects and planning in coming fiscal year now available for public comment
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 5, 2016.
"A draft plan for how the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority proposes to spend $687 million on coastal projects and planning in the next fiscal year is now available for public comment…" (read more)

Q&A: What does the rising river mean for SE LA?
By Carl Arredondo and Alexandra Cranford, WWLTV.com. Jan. 5, 2016.
"Alexandra Cranford, Carl Arredondo and Don Dubuc answered some questions about the effects of rising water and the possible opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Here are their answers:…" (read more)

Officials Weigh Options as Mississippi Floodwaters Head South
By Tim Loh, Bloomberg Business. Jan. 5, 2016.
"As floodwaters move south along the Mississippi River, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is weighing steps it could take to prevent widespread flooding from southern Missouri down to the Gulf Coast…" (read more).

Flood warning issued for New Orleans once river levels reach flood stage Tuesday (Jan. 12)
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 5, 2016.
"The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the New Orleans metropolitan area as the Mississippi River reached 14 feet Tuesday (Jan. 5) at the Carrollton Gage. The river will reach 16 feet on Saturday and 17 feet, flood stage, on Jan. 12…" (read more)

Riverfront parking, casual levee use not affected by Mississippi River emergency order, state official says
By Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. Jan. 5, 2016.
"An emergency order issued Monday by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority restricting traffic on the Mississippi River levee and parking within 300 feet of the levee centerline is apparently not as restrictive as it may sound…" (read more).

Christmas tree collection to begin Thursday for residents in Orleans Parish
By Juan Sanchez, WDSU. Jan. 5, 2016.
"NEW ORLEANS — City officials will begin collecting Christmas trees for coastal restoration on Thursday…" (read more).

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 5, 2016

January 5, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

Rising river: Authorities keep close eye on swelling Mississippi River
By Camille Whitworth, WDSU. Jan. 4, 2016.
*features John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
"Local, state and federal agencies are keeping a close eye on the Mississippi River as it continues to swell. Officials will announce Tuesday if the Army Corps of Engineers will take any action. All crews were on high alert Monday. River levels were at 13.5 feet, and the goal was to keep levels below 17 feet…" (read more)

Mississippi River Winter Floods to Test Government Response, Army Corps Defenses
By Michael Grass, Route Fifty. Jan. 4, 2016.
*features John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
"While historic winter floodwaters in the St. Louis area began to fall over the weekend, the threat is not over for downstream communities along the Mississippi River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with state and local governments along the river continue to be mobilized for what could be a strenuous few weeks as the flood crest moves south toward Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico…" (read more)

Levees among possible cause of more frequent Mississippi River flooding
By The Associated Press. Jan. 4, 2016.
"The Mississippi River floods more often than it used to, and at higher levels. Richard Knaup thinks he knows why. The veteran emergency management director for southeast Missouri's Cape Girardeau County is fighting floods again, just as he did last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. 'Prior to levee building, the river was a wild thing and it spread out between the river bluffs,' Knaup said Monday. 'Now we've tried to tame it. Mother Nature and Old Man River will fight back.'…" (read more)

Mississippi River hits flood stage in Baton Rouge on Monday; decision on Bonnet Carré expected by Saturday
By Amy Wold, The New Orleans Advocate. Jan. 4, 2016.
"Those watching the water rise in the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge saw levels hit the 35-foot flood stage Monday, foreshadowing what people living south of the capital city can expect as the river continues to rise in the coming days and weeks…" (read more)

State bans driving, walking on Mississippi, Atchafalaya river levees during high water
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 4, 2016.
"The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority announced Monday (Jan. 4) it has banned all vehicle and foot traffic on levees along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers until further notice, in response to high water levels in both rivers…" (read more).

Memphis officials say flood won't rival 2011 as Mississippi River crest forecast lowered
By The Associated Press. Jan. 4, 2016.
"The Bonnet Carre (BON'-nee KAIR'-ee) Spillway will probably be opened to divert Mississippi River floodwaters away from New Orleans through Lake Pontchartrain, but it's too early to tell about the Morganza Spillway…" (read more).

Looking to promote coastal restoration, New Orleans collects Christmas trees
By Polly Mosendz, Newsweek. Jan. 4, 2016.
"New Orleans is giving new life to post-holidays Christmas trees with a recycling system designed to help promote coastal restoration…" (read more)

Enthusiasts flock to Thibodaux area for Christmas Bird Count
By Bridget Mire, Houma Courier. Jan. 3, 2016.
"Equipped with binoculars and notebooks full of species names and tally marks, bird enthusiasts traveled around the Thibodaux area Saturday for the National Audubon Society sponsored Christmas Bird Count…" (read more)

BP was 'near death' after Gulf oil spill, CEO tells BBC
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 4, 2016.
"BP and the federal government are expected to finalize the details of the $20 billion settlement over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster this spring, bringing some sense of closure to Louisiana nearly six years after oil first hit its shoreline. Even so, much of the Gulf Coast is still recovering from wounds left by the disaster — both environmental and economic…" (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 4, 2016

January 4, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016
By Editorial Board Staff, Houma Courier. Jan. 1, 2016.
"We saw a year in 2015 that saw some real momentum for coastal restoration and flood protection. News that the Gulf states and BP reached a settlement in the federal lawsuit over the oil giant’s 2010 oil spill meant that the coastal cause in Louisiana will get a dedicated stream of money…" (read more).

Mississippi River continues rising in Louisiana as Red River falls
By The Associated Press. Jan. 3, 2016.
"The Mississippi River continues a steady rise, but the Red River's falling in northwest Louisiana. The Red crested at 10 p.m. Saturday at 31.55 feet, and will fall slowly through the week, National Weather Service reports said Sunday. In Shreveport, hydro-meteorological technician Lisa May said she had heard of flooding only along one road and in low areas of some parks…" (read more).

Southern states brace for river flooding
By Rick Jervis, USA Today. Jan. 3, 2016
"Officials continued to closely monitor river levels Sunday and brace for possibly more flooding as the dangerously high crests of the Mississippi River moved south toward Mississippi and Louisiana…" (read more).

State, local officials keep eye on rising Mississippi River, Bonnet Carre Spillway
By Gina Swanson, WDSU News. Jan. 1, 2016.
"NEW ORLEANS —High water levels have local officials on alert and considering the possibility of opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway…" (read more).

Parish by parish guide to Christmas tree recycling
By Christie Walton, KSLA News. Dec. 31, 2015.
"NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – Your tired, dried out Christmas trees can now be put to work in Louisiana's wetlands. Area parishes have outlined plans to recycle trees…" (read more).

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Dec. 31, 2015

December 31, 2015 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

State of emergency issued as water levels rise in the Mississippi, Red, Atchafalaya rivers
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Dec. 30, 2015.
"Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a state of emergency Wednesday, a first step in applying for possible future aid should the state experience flood damage once water levels rise in the Mississippi, Red and Atchafalaya rivers…" (read more).

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacted Sea Turtles Globally
By James Crugnale, The Weather Channel. Dec. 30, 2015.
"The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster had wider geographic implications than previously thought, according to a new study published in the journal Biology Letters, undertaken by researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science…" (read more).

City Encourages Residents To Recycle Christmas Trees For Coastal Restoration
By Biz New Orleans. Dec. 29, 2015.
"NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans will continue its program of recycling Christmas trees in an effort to promote the restoration of Louisiana’s wetlands and to assist in the protection of the Louisiana coastline. Orleans Parish residents are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside on their regularly scheduled collection days between Jan. 7-9, 2016…" (read more).

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