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The Brown Pelican: A True Success Story

May 13, 2020

WGNO, Rick Erbach - Today Queen Bess Island is a robust 37 acres of nesting paradise for the brown pelican. It’s the fourth largest largest pelican rookery in Louisiana. It produces 15-20 percent of the state’s nesting activity. Thousands of…

Ten years after BP Oil Spill, coastal restoration work thrives

April 21, 2020

wafb.com, Matt Houston - In the next four years, workers will break ground on coastal restoration projects that should produce more land than Louisiana loses to erosion for the first time since the 1930s, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority says.

Critical pelican nesting ground restored, 10 years after BP oil spill

April 16, 2020

nationalgeographic.com, Rene Ebersole -- Louisiana has lost more than half its brown pelican colonies in the past decade. Using fines from the spill, an important island habitat gets a makeover.

New life comes to a Louisiana island

March 16, 2020

WVUE, John Snell - Queen Bess, which was heavily-oiled during the spill, was actually suffering subsidence and erosion long before the BP’s Macondo oil well erupted in flames in April of 2010. In a calculated gamble, the state attempted a…

A Mini-Mississippi River May Help Save Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast

February 25, 2020

nytimes.com, John Schwartz - We were standing on the levee of the Mississippi River, about an hour west of Boston. Of course, the actual Mississippi River is a half-continent away. We were in fact in a vast, warehouse-size laboratory above…

State Gets $130 Million To Help Restore 45,000 Acres Of Maurepas Swamp

February 13, 2020

A restoration project that has been on the books for 20 years finally got funding Wednesday. The state will soon break ground on the Maurepas Swamp diversion.

Louisiana expects to build more coastline in 2020 than it loses

February 12, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority expects to build more coastal wetlands, ridges and marsh in 2020 than the state loses.

$2 billion in restoration, levee projects to be put out to bid by Louisiana coastal authority in 2020

January 16, 2020

An unprecedented 28 major coastal restoration and flood protection projects, with a total construction value of $1.97 billion, will be put out to public bid this year by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, according to the authority's executive…

Over $1.6M Awarded to Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority by EPA

January 16, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded over $1,611,426 to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for a project that would create 392 acres of marsh land in southwest Louisiana. This project will help restore marsh land in…

State coastal spending plan includes projects in Terrebonne, Lafourche

December 19, 2019

The state plans to have at least 13 active coastal restoration or hurricane protection projects in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes through 2021.

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