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For all the breast-beating about diversions, decision to build them has yet to be made

April 22, 2014

If opponents of the sediment diversions in the 2012 Master Plan for the Coast ever write a book about their struggles, they might want to borrow the title from Shakespeare: “Much Ado About Nothing." That’s because the Coastal Protection and Restoration…

Cost-benefit a factor in deciding best path to coastal restoration

April 21, 2014

A new study is asking policy makers to expand their thinking about the costs and benefits of two coastal restoration techniques: diverting sediment and freshwater from rivers versus creating marshes primarily through dredging.

Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, private pension funds file Deepwater Horizon oil spill fraud suits aganst BP

April 21, 2014

A group of U.S. pension funds, including those for public employees in Louisiana, Maryland and Texas, filed suits in federal court in Texas on Friday that accuse BP of making public statements about the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill…

Mississippi River will carry enough sand needed to build new Louisiana wetlands for at least 600 years, new study says

April 20, 2014

The lower Mississippi River should carry enough sand during the next six centuries to supply the needs of sediment-capturing diversions proposed for Louisiana to rebuild wetlands, according to a scientific letter published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience.

Southeast Louisiana coastal restoration, hurricane protection are new, booming ‘water management’ economic sector, Data Center says

April 20, 2014

Southeast Louisiana’s economy, long dependent on the oil and gas, shipping and tourism industries, has a new major player, according to a report released Sunday morning by The Data Center: water management.

Gulf Coast residents moving inland, more commuting to jobs

April 20, 2014

A new report confirms what anyone trying to get through Belle Chasse in the early morning or late afternoon already knows: Most people working in Plaquemines Parish don’t live there.

BP Oil spill four years later: Return to Barataria Bay and Cat Island

April 20, 2014

When a crew of journalists and environmental groups studying the effects of the BP Deepwater Macondo oil spill disembarked on Cat Island in Baratria Bay last week, there was a collective gasp.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Jerome Zeringue on status of BP oil spill clean-up

April 16, 2014

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Jerome Zeringue discusses the state's concerns about the Coast Guard decision to transition to a more directed response to remaining oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Coast Guard Capt. Thomas Sparks says BP oil spill clean-up will continue

April 16, 2014

Coast Guard Capt. Thomas Sparks, Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, explains how clean-up operations will continue, now that initial efforts have ended.

High river prompts Corps of Engineers to activate levee inspection program

April 16, 2014

A rising Mississippi River, which reached 11.62 feet above sea level at the Carrollton Gage in New Orleans on Wednesday, has prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to activate its levee inspection program and other "flood fighting" strategies, corps officials…

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