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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 10, 2015

June 10, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Our Views: The shell recycling program pays dividends for all
The Advocate. June 9, 2015
"In Louisiana, it’s hard to beat a half-shell for a good cause. That’s why we applaud the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and its dozen partners among New Orleans restaurants who are saving up oyster shells for a unique recycling project.” (Read More)
Hurricane season brings fears of massive Deepwater Horizon oiling in Gulf of Mexico
By Charles Digges, Bellona. June 9, 2015
" An Alabama chemist is warning Gulf of Mexico residents that future hurricanes could bring Deepwater Horizon oil and dispersant inland via storm surges and heavy rains, and pose even bigger environmental threats and health risks than the initial spill in 2010.” (Read More)
Louisiana’s music, wetlands inspire new documentary
By Herman Fuselier, The Advertiser. June 9, 2015
"The film also serves are a primer on Louisiana's wetlands, efforts to control their future and damage done by oil and gas exploration and pipelines. Producers hope their documentary reminds viewers of the cultural and economic importance of the state.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 9, 2015

June 9, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Project helps grow new marsh
By Meredith Burns, Houma Courier. June 8, 2015
"Since the project was completed in late 2010, the contained area has filled in with marsh grass, and acres of material have expanded beyond the contained system where it continues to grow. The new marsh will help buffer south Lafourche's hurricane-protection levees from Gulf of Mexico tides and waves.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Coastal work moves forward in Terrebonne, Lafourche
*features Simone Maloz, ROR
By Meredith Burns, Houma Courier. June 8, 2015
"This year’s plan is pretty good,” said Simone Maloz, executive director of Restore or Retreat, a local coastal advocacy group. “Not only is it ambitious, it’s diverse and it’s highly favorable to our area.” (Read More)
Oyster shell recycling project providing building material for oyster reef south of New Orleans
*features CRCL
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. June 8, 2015
"The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program got a dozen of the city’s restaurants to separate oyster shells they would normally discard and instead put them in recycling bins. The bins have been picked up five days a week, at no cost to the restaurants, and the shells shipped to a curing site in Buras.” (Read More)
UNO engineering professor wins coastal protection grant
By Jed Lipinksi, The Times-Picayune. June 5, 2015
"We hope that this research will enhance our knowledge of the geotechnical properties of coastal sediments in Louisiana and increase the level of confidence in data quality used for marsh restoration projects," Ghose Hajra. "This will contribute to cost-savings, time-savings and improved outcomes of any Louisiana coastal restoration and protection project.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

New Orleans faces a terrifying future as sea levels rise
By Chris Matthews, Fortune. June 4, 2015
"Flood risk will grow more severe as rising sea levels and sinking coastal land produce a local increase of at least four feet by the end of the century. And then there’s the inevitable increase in major storm surges caused by extreme weather events. We’ve created a guide to the crises ahead and the city’s best hope for survival.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

10 states where hurricane damage will cost the most
By Chris Matthews, Fortune. June 4, 2015
"With every hurricane season, millions more homes are put at risk of damage from storm surges. The real estate data firm CoreLogic released a report on Thursday that estimates that this hurricane season, 6.1 million homes will be at risk of such damage, the total value of which is a staggering $1.5 trillion.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Louisiana coastal authority awards three grants for research on river diversions and soil strength
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. June 3, 2015
"The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has awarded $250,000 in grants addressing river diversions and coastal soils. CPRA and The Water Institute of the Gulf announced Tuesday that although they received 19 applications totaling $1.8 million in research grant requests, there was only money enough to fund three of the applications.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Editorial: Coastal plan moves forward
Houma Courier. June 1, 2015
"We still live perilously close to the Gulf, and the Gulf continues to inch its way inland. But the battle against it continues as well. Our coastal plan is proof that Louisiana realizes what it needs to do and is well on its way to doing just that.” (Read More)
Survey urges cooperation to save state’s coastal wetlands
By Keith Magill, The Daily Comet. June 1, 2015
"We have a solid coastal plan in which hundreds of top scientists have been drawn to Louisiana to build workable solutions. The public is concerned about making sure all of our hard-earned gains move quickly into implementation and effective projects," King Milling, foundation chairman, said. "As we have always known, now is the time for key trade-offs and compromises that lead to a level of cooperation that is critical to seeing restoration move forward in a timely manner.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

The Great Katrina Footprint Debate 10 years later: Richard Campanella
By Richard Campanella, The Times-Picayune. May 29, 2015
"In New Orleans, mitigation means building above the grade and raising existing homes. It involves strengthening building codes, installing shutters and getting key infrastructure out of the basement. It means improving local drainage, zoning new development out of flood zones and rebuilding natural defenses.” (Read More)
Don’t Call It Katrina
By Thomas Beller, The New Yorker. May 29, 2015
"The Mississippi, he explained to me, at the bottom of its course should be thought of as a giant eel that you hold in your hand while it flops around. The river ends in a delta, a series of ridges and rivers. The soil on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain, he said, is a million years old. The soil on the south side, where the city of New Orleans sits, is about seven thousand years old.” (Read More)
Our Views: The U.S. Army Corpos of Engineers should invest in deepening the lower Mississippi River
The Advocate. May 29, 2015
"Getting the basics right for Louisiana’s economy depends on steady and long-term investment in the roads and bridges and rails that move commerce. One of the basic ways to produce more economic energy in the state and the nation is to keep the Mississippi River open.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

La. coastal plan, including local projects, wins approval
By Keith Magill, Daily Comet. May 28, 2015
"Louisiana's 2016 coastal restoration master plan has won final legislative approval. It provides $884 million for projects next year, an increase of approximately $159 million over the year prior.” (Read More)
At State of City, Mayor Landrieu Announce Plans for Katrina 10th Anniversary Commemoration – ‘K10-Resilient New Orleans’ Will Be Months Long Commemoration
PR Newswire. May 28, 2015
"The months-long commemoration, 'K10-Resilient New Orleans,' will showcase for the country and the world the growth, recovery, and long-term resilience planning the City has embarked upon in the years after the catastrophic storm.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Coastal restoration group details progress made with wetlands
*features Kim Reyher, CRCL
By Bridget Mire, Daily Comet. May 26, 2015
"One of the approaches we're really supportive of is the use of sediment diversion," she said. "The basic idea is to put the (Mississippi) River back to work building land. The river's been constrained behind levees for so long, and we're not using the tool that we have.” (Read More)
On the Bayou: Front Lines of Climate Change
By Gabe Schwartzman, Daily Yonder. May 26, 2015
"Southern Louisiana, faced with increasingly powerful storms, disappearing swamps, sinking land, and now, rising seas, has become the American test case for dealing with climate change. And if Katrina was the precedent for an urban climate crisis, Louisiana’s bayous have become the pilot site for dealing with climate change in rural American. This means working on mitigation, resiliency, and relocation.” (Read More)

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