The Louisiana Coast: Last Call

Rising sea levels threaten communities on every American coastline, but none more so than Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, where every hour a football field’s worth of marsh disappears.

As the magnitude of global sea level rise has become better understood, coastal land loss has become an urgent concern, with scientists and public officials pondering what land can be protected or rebuilt that the rising Gulf will not wash away. We will hear from leading scientists, historians, public officials, fishermen and other stakeholders in the battle to save as much of the Southeast Louisiana coast as possible.

Support for The Louisiana Coast: Last Call comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, an organization that addresses the challenges facing people who live and work in the coastal communities of Southeast Louisiana.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
5:42 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

WWNO Receives Regional Edward R. Murrow Award For 'Louisiana Coast: Last Call'

89.9 WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio is a regional winner of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for its 2013 news series “Louisiana Coast: Last Call” — reported by Bob Marshall and produced by Fred Kasten, with online digital development by digital director Jason Saul.

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Environment
12:28 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — What's Next?

Jeff Adelson of The New Orleans Advocate, and Mark Schleifstein of Nola.com | The Times-Picayune.

Talk to anyone in South Louisiana and they know that the future is clouded by sea level rise and subsidence. They also know that if the Master Plan for the Coast is not implemented on time, as scheduled, Southeast Louisiana has very little chance of staying above that sea level rise.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
7:45 am
Mon November 4, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Diversions?

New Orleans' levee board is suing energy companies for damaging the Mississippi River delta by cutting canals through the marshland. The canals let in sea water, which kills marshes, eroding the city's protective buffer against storms. A map of the delta.
Frank Relle

Anyone following the development of the Master Plan for the Louisiana coast knows that the central part of the plan is also its most controversial: large scale river diversions, opening the levees on the sides of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans to let the silt-carrying Mississippi out into these sinking deltas to begin rebuilding them.

But not everyone’s happy with that, because restoring the deltas to their former state means changing things from the way they’ve been for almost 70 years.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
7:45 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — The RESTORE Act

The Mississippi River Delta.
Credit NOAA Photo Library

The second part of a trial resumed in the Federal District Court here in New Orleans this month to decide just how much BP will pay for polluting the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana during the Deepwater Horizon spill back in 2010.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
7:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

John Barry, On Why The Levee Board Has Sued The Oil And Gas Companies

John Barry, Vice President of Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East.
John Barry

In July a landmark lawsuit was filed against the oil and gas industries for their role in the destruction of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands — a lawsuit that many people have been waiting decades to see.

But this suit didn’t come from an environmental group or a private landholder. It came from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, an agency charged with maintaining the huge hurricane protection system recently built around the metro New Orleans area.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Levee Board Takes On Oil Industry Over Damage To Delta

New Orleans' levee board is suing energy companies for damaging the Mississippi River delta by cutting canals through the marshland. The canals let in sea water, which kills marshes, eroding the city's protective buffer against storms. A map of the delta.
Frank Relle

 

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has a new flood protection system — $14 billion of levees, pumps and flood gates built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Residents, though, don't think that will be enough. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, the local levee board, basically, says that as sea levels rise and wetlands down river get washed away, New Orleans will need more help.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
9:58 am
Mon August 5, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Funding The Master Plan

When Louisiana officials unveiled the $50-billion Master Plan for the Coast, a 50-year program that could prevent most of southeast Louisiana from sinking under the Gulf by the end of the century as predicted, they knew one of their most important priorities would be getting reliable, long-term funding through Congress.

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Environment
9:41 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Live Chat: Bob Marshall Of The Lens Discusses Coastal Loss Lawsuit Against Oil And Gas Companies

Earlier this week, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed a lawsuit blaming almost 100 companies for contributing to the disappearance of Louisiana’s wetlands by dredging thousands of miles of canals and extracting oil and gas.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Lawsuit To Force Oil Industry Funding For Wetlands Repair Facing New Legal Challenges

Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino outlines legal issues involved in the landmark levee district lawsuit.

A lawsuit filed this week against dozens of companies in the oil industry has already gotten stiff political opposition. A Loyola University law professor sees a major legal battle erupting ahead for the levee board suing for wetlands repairs.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Levee Board Sues Big Oil For Wetlands Repairs

Lawsuit against 97 oil industry companies seeking wetlands rehabilitation.

A New Orleans-area levee district is suing 97 oil industry companies for damaging wetlands that protect the city from hurricanes. The district is seeking repairs that could cost several billion dollars.

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