Louisiana's green armies might clash
By John Maginnis, Opinion, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Nov. 26, 2013.
“For two guys who do not play the guitar or football and don’t shoot ducks on TV, John Barry and Russel Honoré are as close to major celebrities as we have in Louisiana, with…"
Louisiana fishing village washing away (Video)
By Robert Ray, Al Jazeera America. Nov. 25, 2013.
“Over the past 80 years, Louisiana coastal land the size of Delaware has washed away. Now barrier islands like Isle de Jean Charles, where about 25 families live, are at at an even greater risk of…"
Lost bayou recreated in one of largest floodplain projects
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La). Nov. 24, 2013.
“Until recently, Mollicy Bayou was no more than a memory of a waterway on old aerial photos, winding its way through a portion of the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in Morehouse Parish…”…"
By Amanda Moore (National Wildlife Federation) and Elizabeth Skree (Environmental Defense Fund)
Excitement filled the air last Friday as community members, government officials, students and staff from local and national conservation organizations gathered on the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle viewing platform in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward to celebrate the unveiling of new educational, interactive signs. These signs help interpret an important story for visitors as they look out over the open water and ghostly remains of a former healthy cypress swamp. At this powerful site, in the backyard of a community less than five miles from the French Quarter that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, visitors will learn about efforts to restore the Bayou Bienvenue ecosystem as well as the broader, critical need for coastal restoration. The signs were a project of The Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development and the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign.
In addition to the four National Park Service-grade signs, a new website, www.restorethebayou.org, was also created to accompany the signs. On the site, visitors can learn more about the history of Bayou Bienvenue; read about the vision for restoration of the wetland triangle as well as broader Louisiana coastal restoration; learn about community and environmental organizations working to restore the wetlands; watch videos in the multimedia gallery; sign the virtual guestbook by taking a photo using Instagram and adding the hashtag #restorethebayou; and take action by signing a petition to decision-makers, asking them to prioritize MRGO-area restoration projects – like the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle.
The dozens of people in attendance heard from Garret Graves, Chair of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, who proclaimed the importance of the platform and signs when he said, “This is such an important teaching tool for us…it’s a microcosm of what is happening on a huge scale in coastal Louisiana.”
Other speakers included Charles Allen, Director of the City of New Orleans’ Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs; Arthur Johnson, Executive Director of the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development; and Amanda Moore, Greater New Orleans Program Manager for the National Wildlife Federation, speaking on behalf of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition.
Get involved! Check out Restore the Mississippi River Delta’s Facebook album of photos from the unveiling event, and visit www.restorethebayou.org to learn more about the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle and coastal restoration efforts.
BP asks 5th circ. to force judge to stop Deepwater claims
By Kurt Orzeck, Law 360. Nov. 21, 2013.
“BP Exploration & Production Inc. asked the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to force a Louisiana federal judge to stop payments in the oil giant's estimated $9.2 billion settlement of multidistrict litigation stemming…"