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Levees, like this one in New Orleans, must be certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before appearing on federal flood maps. This change has resulted in higher flood insurance premiums in some areas.
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Ward Aucoin is facing a sharp jump in his flood insurance premium, due to a 2012 law that may be revised. A crabber to make ends meet, Aucoin lives in Louisiana with his wife and two daughters, Taylor (far right) and Zoe.
Governor Bobby Jindal announced late yesterday that Garret Graves is leaving his position as chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Graves has held the position for the last six years. Environemental reporter Bob Marshall of the Lens says that Graves' was highly praised for his leadership in re-writing the state's coastal Master Plan in 2012.
Reduce, reuse and recycle — or the three Rs — are well known as the pathway to green. But there is an R that has been routinely left out. The R for REPAIR.
Unlike our grandparents, we regularly replace items rather than opting to fix things. While their motto was, “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”, we’ve relegated our broken stuff to the trash pile.
The City of New Orleans will continue its curbside Christmas tree recycling program this year, the Mayor's Office has announced.
The trees, which will be collected during regular curbside trash collection days (Jan. 9-11), will be placed in selected coastal areas in an effort to help rebuild wetlands and protect the Louisiana coastline.
Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 7:18 am
Dolphins are getting very sick from exposure to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A government study confirms a host of problems in dolphins who live in one of the heaviest-oiled bays in Louisiana. Scientists say the dolphins are gravely ill with injuries consistent with the toxic effects of exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons.
An international design competition is offering $400,000 for ideas about how to improve Louisiana's waterways. The "Changing Course" design contest is reviewing proposals from around the world to rebuild the sinking basins south of New Orleans, while at the same time maintaining enough water for navigation and commerce.
Lens Reporter Bob Marshall says that the state can learn a lot from other areas that are facing the same challenges.