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Nation fails to address coastal and inland flood risks, civil engineer society says

September 24, 2014

Nine years after levee failures flooded New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and two years after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, the nation has failed to determine the flooding risks faced by communities across the United States, the American Society…

Louisiana’s coastline is disappearing at the rate of a football field an hour

September 23, 2014

According to the report, called Losing Ground, changes in the Mississippi delta that were designed to increase flood protection and enhance oil and gas production have led to an unprecedented loss of land.

4 things to know about the BP oil spill court hearings on Wednesday

September 23, 2014

A federal judge in New Orleans is set to hold hearings on a range of legal disputes related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including whether or not BP has the right to recover what it says were…

The Beauty of the Louisiana Barrier Islands

September 23, 2014

On September 12, I had the opportunity to travel to Raccoon Island, one of the remaining barrier islands outside of Terrebonne Bay. Raccoon Island was once part of the 25-mile-long barrier island chain called Isles Dernieres or Last Islands. Prior…

Search narrows for firms to provide proposals to restore Louisiana coast

September 22, 2014

Louisiana has narrowed its worldwide search for help in solving its coastal crisis to three teams, each loaded with local, national and international experts.

State: Arbitrator should settle argument with Corps over contamination at 2 New Orleans canals

September 10, 2014

For the second time in a month, the state has asked the Army Corps of Engineers to let an independent arbitrator recommend who should hire a contractor to remove contaminated soil from two New Orleans canals where permanent pump stations…

The State of the Birds: Four critical habitats

September 9, 2014

Wetlands are one of the habitats to benefit most from conservation. The North American Wetlands Conservation Act has enabled strategic conservation projects covering a collective area larger than Tennessee. While wetland loss continues in some regions, the Act has helped…

Louisiana Loses Its Boot

September 8, 2014

Early this year, I drove from Arnaudville, Louisiana, to Morgan City, hoping to walk where I’d heard there was land.

Losing Ground

August 28, 2014

In 50 years, most of southeastern Louisiana not protected by levees will be part of the Gulf of Mexico. The state is losing a football field of land every 48 minutes - 16 square miles a year - due to…

Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery

August 27, 2014

Drag your cursor (on a computer) or swipe your finger (on a phone or tablet) across each photo below. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina photo will dissolve into a picture from the identical vantage point nine years later

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