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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 8, 2014

October 8, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Interior Inspector General questions $14.2M of Coastal Impact grants to Louisiana, parishes
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 7, 2014.
“The U.S. Department of the Interior Inspector General has questioned $14.2 million…” (read more)

$2.5M for Wetlands Restoration Projects in Louisiana
By Dredging Today. Oct. 8, 2014.
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $2.5 million…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 7, 2014

October 7, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

WWNO's Coastal Glossary
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Jesse Hardman. Oct. 7, 2014.
“As we explore the Gulf Coast more comprehensively than ever before, trying to understand better…” (read more)

Major Gulf Spill Restoration Plan Approved
By Dredging Today. Oct. 6, 2014.
“NOAA together with its partners have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision…” (read more)

More than $100 million approved for barrier island protection
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier. Oct. 6, 2014.
“Trustees overseeing the BP oil spill money have approved more than $100 million for barrier island…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 6, 2014

October 6, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Feds, states announce $627M in Gulf spill restoration projects
By Timothy Cama, The Hill. Oct. 3, 2014.
“Federal and state officials said Friday that they have chosen 44 projects worth $627 million…” (read more)

Louisiana Receives $340 Million From BP For Coastal Restoration
By WWNO (New Orleans, La.). Oct. 3, 2014.
“Louisiana will receive $340 million from oil giant BP for coastal restoration projects in the state…” (read more)

BP Seeking Payment Reversals May Reignite Damages Fight
By Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg. Oct. 5, 2014.
“BP is seeking to undo payments to some victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill…” (read more)

BP oil spill trustees approve $627M for restoration, including $340M in Louisiana
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 3, 2014.
“Federal and state trustees for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill have given final approval to plans…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Oct. 3, 2014

October 3, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Latest News

BP Seeks Revised Verdict or New Trial on Spill Negligence
By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg. Oct. 3, 2014.
"BP asked the U.S. judge in charge of thousands of oil-spill damage lawsuits to review a ruling that exposes the company to as much as $18 billion in fines, saying it was based on evidence he said he wouldn’t consider…" (read more).

$1 billion cost estimate prompts Louisiana to rethink coastal project
By John Snell, WVUE (New Orleans). Oct. 2, 2014.
"Louisiana is re-examining its ambitious plans for a major river sediment diversion project to build wetlands, based partly on costs that could top $1 billion, according to the state's No. 2 coastal official…" (read more).

For coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish, Corps of Engineers says no public hearing
By Andrea Shaw, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Oct. 1, 2014.
"The Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it will not hold a public hearing on a proposed coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish, a setback for West Bank residents who have been clamoring in opposition to the project…" (read more).

Offiicals ill-prepared to help those outside of levee system, Tulane study finds
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Oct. 2, 2014.
"Tulane researchers recently sought the answer to a question the coastal-restoration community usually avoids: What happens to people and towns if state fails in its efforts to prevent the Gulf of Mexico from swallowing southeastern Louisiana?…" (read more).

BP asks court to revise findings or grant new trial
By Collin Eaton, FuelFix. Oct. 2, 2014.
"BP wants a federal judge to change his findings that the company was reckless in the days before the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill or grant it a new trial…" (read more).

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn't shrink number, size of Louisiana shrimp, study says
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 2, 2014.
"Looking at the abundance and size of Louisiana white and brown shrimp before and after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a scientific paper published Wednesday said the amount of shrimp actually increased in local estuaries through 2011 and that the size of that shrimp remained unaffected…" (read more).

BP challenges $18bn Deepwater Horizon ruling
By Ed Crooks, The Financial Times. Oct. 3, 2014.
"Lawyers for BP have called for a retrial or a revised judgment after spotting what they believe to be a legal mistake in the court ruling last month that the company acted with gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster…" (read more).

New Acting Director and Associate Director Announced for NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
By Julien Lartigue, NOAA. Oct. 2, 2014.
"Russ Beard has been leading the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program since April 2013. Mr. Beard has now been asked and agreed to serve as the interim science coordinator for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, a position which necessitates that he no longer serve as the acting Director for the science program…" (read more).

U.S. House candidates spar over coastal restoration
By Chris Leblanc, The Houma Courier. Oct. 2, 2014.
"Republican congressional candidate Garrett Graves fired back this week at criticism of his and Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts aimed at stemming coastal wetlands loss in Louisiana…" (read more).

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Oct. 2, 2014

October 2, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Latest News

Louisiana Is Disappearing Into the Sea
By Nathaniel Rich, The New Republic. Sept. 30, 2014.
"Louisiana is disappearing. Since 1932, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed 2,300 square miles of the state’s wetlands, an area larger than Delaware. If no action is taken, the missing Delaware will become a missing Connecticut, and then a missing Vermont…" (read more).

Edwards takes aim at coastal restoration
By Chris Leblanc, The Daily Comet. Sept. 30, 2014.
"As part of his campaign for Louisiana’s 6th District congressional seat, former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards tackled coastal restoration this week… (read more).

Edwards Focuses on Coastal Restoration
By Mark Ballard, The Advocate. Sept. 30, 2014.
"Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards said Tuesday that if he wins a place in Congress, he would focus on pressing the federal government to pay for the restoration of the state’s coastal areas…" (read more)

H3 Studio Finalist in Changing Course Lower Mississippi River Delta Design Competition
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Oct. 1, 2014.
"On the 22nd of September it was announced that H3 STUDIO as the lead of STUDIO MISI-ZIIBI team was selected as one of the three finalist teams to participate in the international design competition entitled Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River Delta…" (read more).

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Mississippi River Mayors Meet in New Orleans

October 1, 2014 | Posted by Delta Dispatches in Latest News

By Derek Brockbank, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign

Last month, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, an alliance of 65 mayors from along the Mississippi River, met in New Orleans to discuss issues common to all cities along the great river. Topics ranged from how the Panama Canal expansion will impact shipping and ports in the U.S. to funding river initiatives, but the primary focus of the meeting was addressing climate impacts and the collapse of the Mississippi River Delta.

David Muth of the National Wildlife Federation gives a history of the Mississippi River Delta.

David Muth of the National Wildlife Federation gives a history of the Mississippi River Delta.

On climate, the mayors heard from Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist for Climate & Land Use, U.S. Geological Survey.  A co-author of the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment, Dr. Burkett outlined how climate change poses a suite of challenges to Mississippi River cities. These included human health impacts from temperature increases, increased flooding from more frequent and intense precipitation in the watershed and, of course, more powerful storm events in the Gulf Coast that threaten the mouth of the Mississippi.

Furthermore, climate change is a leading factor in relative sea level rise, which is inundating coastal marshes in the Mississippi River’s delta. As the marsh disappears and seas rise, ports in Louisiana are increasingly threatened from storms. These ports are essential to transporting grains and goods from states all along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Mayor Mark Vulich, from Clinton, Iowa, noted that coming to New Orleans and hearing about the loss of wetlands in the delta brought home how the Mississippi River system  is interconnected and why mayors from along the river need to work together.

The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative meeting in Louisiana was sponsored by National Wildlife Federation.

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Oct. 1, 2014

| Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Latest News

Growing, and Growing Vulnerable: Barrier Islands Feeling the Effects of Climate Change
By Cornelia Dean, The New York Times. Sept. 29, 2014.
"QUOGUE, N.Y. — As the president of the Fire Island Association, Suzy Goldhirsch has a message she says she often offers property owners. “We are living on a sandbar in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean,” she tells them. “We are in a high-risk environment. We on barrier islands are on the front lines of climate change.”… (read more).

Anadarko pushes to avoid spill-related fines
By Collin Eaton, The Houston Chronicle. Sept. 30, 2014.
"Anadarko Petroleum Corp. says it shouldn't pay pollution fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill because crude gushed from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and not from the Macondo subsea well in which it had a 25 percent stake…" (read more)

Hurricane season subsiding; Not finished yet
By Margaret Orr, WDSU (New Orleans). Oct. 1, 2014.
"The peak of Hurricane Season was Sept. 10th and we are now on the downward trend…" (read more).

The Netherlands: key role for Deltares in Mississippi River project
By Dredging News Online. Oct. 1, 2014.
"Deltares is a part of the Moffatt & Nichol Team, one of the three finalists in the ‘Changing Course Lower Mississippi River Delta’ competition…" (read more).

Deltares Ideas for Restructuring of Mississippi Delta
DredgingToday.com. Sept. 30, 2014.
"Deltares has become a part of the Moffatt & Nichol Team, one of the three finalists in the prestigious ‘Changing Course Lower Mississippi River Delta’ competition…" (read more).

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Sept. 30, 2014

September 30, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Latest News

Judge reconsiders ruling as oil spill workers await fate
By David Hammer, WWL-TV (New Orleans). Sept. 29, 2014.
"Mark Mead and two buddies were fishing less than 20 miles away when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burst into flames and lit up the night sky…" (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Sept. 29, 2014

September 29, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Nutria-themed fashion show headed for Lafayette
By Chris Wartelle, The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, La.). Sept. 26, 2014.
“Nutria-palooza sur la Coulée is not your average fashion show…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Sept. 26, 2014

September 26, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

2010 BP oil spill still having an impact on commercial fishing
By Jordan Gribble, The Houma Courier. Sept. 25, 2014.
“Commercial catches for several varieties of seafood have decreased since the Deepwater Horizon…” (read more)

A judge judges judging
By John DeSantis, The Tri-Parish Times. Sept 25, 2014.
“Many judges say one of the aspects of their work is the window it gives them into knowledge…” (read more)

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