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Wetlands festival takes historical perspective on change in coastal Louisiana

March 25, 2015

Environmental portraits and landscape photographs by Lane Lefort and oil paintings by Marian Brister Martinez will be featured in the “I Remember” art exhibit presented by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force at the Jean…

Science advisers say design of 4 river diversions can move forward

March 25, 2015

A scientific advisory panel gave the green light Wednesday (March 25) to the state's continued planning for construction of four major sediment diversions on the lower Mississippi River, although it raised questions about state's ongoing socioeconomic analysis of the diversions'…

Coastal authority sends $884 million 2015-2016 budget to Legislature

March 25, 2015

The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority approved an $884 million 2015-2016 budget for levee and coastal restoration projects on Wednesday with little fanfare, clearing the way for its approval by the Legislature in April.

4 takeaways from the West Bank levee authority meeting

March 24, 2015

The West Bank levee authority approved a $7 million budget for the 2016 and worked toward a Nov. 21 millage election for voters in West Jefferson and Algiers. Here are four items of note out of the Southeast Louisiana Flood…

WWL-TV report: BP cleaning up large tar mat on barrier island

March 19, 2015

EAST GRAND TERRE ISLAND — Just as BP released a report this week stating that its massive oil spill five years ago did not have a lasting impact on the Gulf environment, WWL-TV found crews trying to clean up the…

Emergency responders walk through hurricane responsibilities during Wednesday drill

March 19, 2015

This is the problem presented to emergency responders Wednesday: A hurricane with 120 mph winds spins in the northwest Caribbean and is moving northwest. Forecast models show it heading toward Louisiana with a possible landfall in four days.

New storm surge watch/warning maps to be tested in 2015 hurricane season

March 18, 2015

Prototype storm surge watch and warning maps will be part of hurricane and tropical storm forecast packages during the 2015 hurricane season when warranted, the National Hurricane Center announced Wednesday (March 18).

Levee inspections begin as Mississippi River rises above 11 feet in New Orleans

March 17, 2015

With the Mississippi River rising above 11 feet at the Carrollton Gage in New Orleans on Tuesday morning (March 17), the Army Corps of Engineers instituted the first stage of its high river "flood fight" plan by scheduling inspections of…

BP Says Gulf Of Mexico Recovering From 2010 Oil Spill, But Federal Scientists Dispute Company’s Claims

March 17, 2015

Federal scientists are disputing statements by BP PLC that U.S. Gulf Coast ecosystems are recovering well from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Government officials and environmental groups said late Monday that the effects of the multimillion-barrel oil spill are likely…

Barrier island dune restoration to begin in May

March 13, 2015

Phase two of a more than $200 million project to help protect Lafourche Parish from storm surge is scheduled to start in May.

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