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Chairman of the CPRA Board, assistant to governor for coastal activities: Guest commentary: Our coastal protectection, restoration efforts are making a difference

September 30, 2015

The ravages of Hurricane Rita coming so quickly after the horrors of Katrina proved to be an eye-opening moment for the nation and for people in positions of authority. Finally, the world saw the consequences of the coastal degradation we…

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restore Council releases proposed fed reg for spill impact

September 29, 2015

Today, Sept. 29, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council posted for public and tribal comment and review proposed regulation to implement the "Spill Impact" component of the trust fund issuing from the RESTORE Act. The regulation will establish the formula…

Gulf Coast Restoration Team Looks to New Orleans Entrepreneurs for Help

September 29, 2015

The Gulf Coast Restoration Council is charged with figuring out how best to spend an $800 million settlement from drilling company Transocean Deepwater, the amount paid out for its part in the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the…

Louisiana identifies tentative restoration projects for BP spill money

August 19, 2015

A tentative list of projects that would be funded by $7.2 billion in BP oil spill fine and settlement money, including wetland-building sediment diversions from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, marsh creation projects using sediment moved by pipeline from rivers…

The Center for River Studies model and exhibits will bring the wetlands crisis to life

August 19, 2015

Louisiana’s wetlands are washing away at the frightening rate of 24 square miles a year, or, as it’s put, the equivalent of a football field every 38 minutes. A sports-related calculus helps to convey the situation’s urgency, but it doesn’t…

EPA awards LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority $360,000 for wetlands

August 9, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Thursday that the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana will receive a $362,213 grant for a project to create and support over 600 acres of wetlands off Lake Borgne, in Shell Beach.

How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory

August 7, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Ten years ago, the neighborhood hard by the 17th Street canal in this city was water-blasted. The surges from Hurricane Katrina swept into the canal, broke through its flood walls and forced homes off their foundations. Much…

State works on plan to help keep saltwater from moving into Terrebonne Parish

July 13, 2015

Reintroducing fresh water from the Atchafalaya River using the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway has long been discussed as a partial solution to help push back salt water moving farther north into the fresh marshes of Terrebonne Parish.

University of New Orleans grant could improve coastal restoration projects

June 19, 2015

The University of New Orleans has received a one-year, $225,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to continuing studying Louisiana's beaches, barrier islands and mainland shorelines, according to a UNO news release.

Feds approve sand source for Louisiana barrier island rebuilding project

June 11, 2015

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has signed an agreement with Louisiana officials allowing the state to mine 13.4 million cubic yards of sand from Ship Shoal, an underwater sand formation in federal waters. The sand will be used…

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