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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.

$958M coastal authority draft plan released for 2021; here’s what projects that covers

December 19, 2019

A draft plan to spend $958 million in fiscal year 2021 on hurricane flood reduction and coastal restoration projects, with more than half the money coming from settlements related to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, was presented Wednesday…

Officials reach cost-sharing agreement for multibillion dollar levee project

December 6, 2019

Louisiana will be able to count the value of $440 million in state- and parish-funded work toward its share of the cost of the multibillion-dollar Morganza-to-the-Gulf Levee System should federal dollars materialize, state and local officials say.