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Work begins to restore Louisiana island that is home to thousands of brown pelicans

January 13, 2021, John Snell - CAMERON, La. - NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Restoration work has begun on Rabbit Island in Cameron Parish, the only brown pelican colony in Southwest Louisiana. The $16.4 million project is funded with settlement money from from…

Louisiana could join other Gulf states in creating site for estuary research

December 14, 2020, Mark Schleifstein - Louisiana has kicked off an effort to identify part of its coastline that can be added to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s coastwide National Estuary Research Reserve program.

New piers and parking make fishing safer along Island Road in Terrebonne Parish

December 2, 2020, Keith Magill - A dangerous spot along Island Road in southeastern Terrebonne Parish frequented by roadside anglers now has new public piers and an upgraded boat launch.

La. approved for $200M+ in Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement funds for coastal restoration projects

November 24, 2020, Rachael Thomas - BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana has been approved for $234.6 million in funding as part of the settlement from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill for coastal restoration projects in Plaquemines and Terrebonne parishes.

CPRA, USACE, TNC announce Atchafalaya River project

November 19, 2020, Zlatan Hrvacevic- The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) yesterday announced the creation of the Sustainable Rivers Program (SRP) Atchafalaya River Project.

Despite active hurricane season, Louisiana’s coastal restoration projects saw little damage; here’s why

October 23, 2020, Mark Schleifstein - Restoration projects along Louisiana’s coastline were mostly spared by the record six-pack of hurricanes that have threatened the state so far this year, including Category 4 Laura and Category 2 Delta, which slammed into the southwestern…

‘Only way to describe them is massive’: Two BP-funded coastal restoration projects get underway

October 5, 2020, Tristan Baurick - The state is undertaking two “record-breaking” restoration projects aimed at reviving 7 square miles of coastal habitat and bolstering natural storm defenses east of New Orleans and near Venice in lower Plaquemines Parish.

$215M in BP oil spill money to restore Louisiana marshes

October 1, 2020, Associated Press - BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana will get nearly $215 million in BP oil spill money for two projects planned to restore more than 4,600 acres of marsh and other habitat in the New Orleans area,…

CPRA seeking recommendations from oyster farmers

September 15, 2020, Dan Boudreaux - The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will be holding four meetings in the coming months to get the opinions of oyster farmers who lease state lands on the Oyster Lease Acquisition and Compensation Program.

Nearly 2 square miles of new marshland to be created with $176 million BP spill restoration money

August 16, 2020, Mark Schleifstein - Almost 2 square miles of new marsh will be built in the upper Barataria Basin in Jefferson Parish using sediment dredged from the Mississippi River just over 5 miles away, officials with the state Coastal Protection…