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Coast authority focuses on paying $3 billion New Orleans area levee debt

July 20, 2017, Mark Schleifstein -- The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority focused on its so-far unsuccessful efforts to get the federal government to dismiss a $3 billion bill for the state's share of building the New Orleans area hurricane levee…

Louisiana land loss, while slowing, still a football field every 100 minutes

July 12, 2017

Louisiana's fragile coastline receded at a significantly slower rate -- an average of a football field every 100 minutes -- between 2010 and 2016, according to a study released Wednesday (July 12) by the U.S. Geological Survey. That's an improvement, yet land is…

Mississippi mud may hold hope for Louisiana coast

July 12, 2017

Many studies say capturing Mississippi River sand through diversions is key to rebuilding Louisiana’s vanishing coast. But a new study in the open-access journal Earth Surface Dynamics of an old levee breach, or crevasse, along Bayou Lafourche indicates that mud,…

Louisiana and Dutch water institutes join forces

July 11, 2017

Leaders of The Water Institute of the Gulf and Deltares were joined by Governor John Bel Edwards in announcing an agreement to leverage their tools and applied research capabilities to create a powerful scientific collaboration that readily competes in the…

Baby turtles are returned to newly restored Louisiana barrier island

July 7, 2017

Keri Landry said her goodbyes to 21 one-year-old diamondback terrapins Thursday (July 6) as she released them on the shoreline of Chenier Ronquille. "Aw, look at that little guy," she said, watching one of the terrapins make its way into…

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…