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Mardi Gras Pass is building land. Here’s why it’s important.

February 24, 2017

With Mardi Gras celebrations in full swing, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation recently released a report examining two years of data collection and observations at Mardi Gras Pass – a naturally forming distributary of the Mississippi River that is building…

Union Pacific’s new tracks over Bayou Lafourche get official welcome in Donaldsonville

February 24, 2017, Ellyn Couvillion-- DONALDSONVILLE - In December, the Mississippi River began flowing into Bayou Lafourche faster than it has for the last half century, thanks in part to the $4.8 million transformation of a railroad crossing over the bayou.

Is Louisiana’s coastal loss a ‘national emergency’? Declaring it might speed federal money

February 20, 2017, Mark Schleifstein -- The 2017 version of Louisiana's $50 billion, 50-year master plan for coastal protection and restoration is about to be delivered to the Legislature, but concerns remain that the state still has not identified long-term sources of…

LSU hosts summit on the national significance of La.’s Coastal Master Plan

February 17, 2017

Louisiana's coast is in danger and the state is taking measures to protect it.

Edwards pledges to maintain coastal Master Plan funding

February 17, 2017

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards pledged to a coastal erosion summit Thursday (Feb. 16) he would not reduce the state's financial commitment to its coastline even as the state finds itself in dire financial straits.

Louisiana Establishes Natural Resource Damage Restoration Banking Regulations

February 17, 2017

New regulations have been proposed to establish procedures for the certification and operation of natural resource damage restoration banks in Louisiana.  These proposed regulations can be found in Title 43 of the Louisiana Administrative Code, Part XXXI, Chapter 1 (see…

A snapshot of coastal Louisiana’s economic importance:

February 16, 2017

Coastal Louisiana is an economic engine that feeds and fuels the nation, and its ports connect the U.S. with the world. Large-scale restoration of coastal Louisiana presents a huge opportunity to protect existing infrastructure and industry of national importance. It…

National import of Louisiana’s coastal master plan to be focus of Baton Rouge summit

February 15, 2017

The importance to the rest of the United States of Louisiana's proposed 2017 master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane storm surge protection will be the topic of a Thursday (Feb. 16) summit keynoted by Gov. John Bel Edwards on the…

Letters: Coastal plan based on sound science

February 6, 2017, Johnny Bradberry -- Jeff Sadow, an associate political science professor in Shreveport, recently wrote a column that appeared in The Advocate stating that the latest draft of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan should be rejected by the legislature unless a…

Coastal plan could help diversify economy

February 3, 2017, Jordon Legendre -- As the public comment period continues on the state's 2017 Coastal Master Plan, local business leaders and coastal restoration activists say it presents not only an effort to save the coast but also an opportunity to…

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