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Tiny Asian bug destroying La. marsh cane at alarming rate

June 20, 2017

DELTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE -- A tiny insect, barely visible to the naked eye, is killing marsh cane at an alarming rate and threatening to undo nearly a decade of coastal restoration and land-building in the delicate Mississippi River delta.

Pace of Louisiana coastal restoration projects should quicken under bill passed by lawmakers

June 8, 2017

In a legislative session that has been marked by partisanship and deep disagreements over key issues, one little noticed piece of legislation that could have a significant impact on the future of coastal restoration projects quietly passed both chambers with…

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Conservation Opportunity

June 7, 2017

Those who have fought tirelessly for meaningful restoration for the Gulf Coast are cheering today’s news that the Louisiana legislature voted to approve the $50 billion Coastal Master Plan. This step marks a critical turning point for a region that…

$50 billion plan to save Louisiana coast approved by Legislature

June 5, 2017

The 2017 rewrite of Louisiana's $50 billion, 50-year plan for coastal restoration and hurricane storm surge protection, and the $644 million budget for its fiscal 2018 projects, were both approved by the state House of Representatives on Friday (June 2).…

Channeling the Master Plan – The Science Behind Saving Southwest Louisiana’s Working Coast

June 2, 2017

“The sun is shining. No clouds in the sky. There’s a gentle breeze. And the operating draft on the channel is forty feet. So I’m happy,” said Hayden, who makes sure that deep-water vessels—barges, ocean-going vessels, smaller boats—move steadily along…

Louisiana Legislature Approves 2017 Coastal Master Plan

June 2, 2017

(Baton Rouge, LA—June 2, 2017) Today, Louisiana’s State Legislature passed SCR1, a resolution approving the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the state’s blueprint for coastal restoration and protection activities. The resolution was authored by Sen. Morrish (R-Jennings), Sen. Alario (R-Westwego) and…

Trump admin. official acknowledges ‘negative impact’ of Louisiana coastal loss

May 31, 2017

An official of the Trump administration, which last week proposed a budget that would cut $420 million from Louisiana's coastal protection program over the next three years, has acknowledged the "negative impacts" that coastal loss has on local and national…

Executive Office of the President Council on Environmental Quality responds to Governor Edwards

May 30, 2017

Response to Governor Edwards, from Executive Office of the President, CEQ: “We appreciate the national significance of Louisiana’s coastal area for energy production… look forward to working with you to advance solutions to respond to the coastal land and wetlands losses…

April Showers Bring May Flows: What That Means for Louisiana’s Wetlands

May 24, 2017

April showers usually bring May flowers. They also often bring higher river flows. The heavy rainfall within the Mississippi River’s enormous drainage basin over the last month is currently flowing down the river toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Groups claim Trump budget abandons Louisiana’s Coastal Erosion needs

May 24, 2017

A post-Katrina effort led by then-US Senator Mary Landrieu is under attack by a Trump budget proposal. The impact might have severe consequences upon the state's severe coastal erosion problem.