environment

Coastal Desk
5:17 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Working Coast Camp In Houma Teaches Children About Big Industry

The Working Coast campers set out fishing on their last day.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

South Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish has low unemployment — there are lots of jobs in offshore services. So many that there could be a shortage of locals with the skills needed. The Working Coast summer camp in Houma teaches kids about the big industries in their area, and aims to get them excited about those career paths.

About 30 kids hang their fishing poles over a small bridge outside the Water Life Museum in Houma, Louisiana. They’re enjoying their last day at the Working Coast Camp.

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Coastal Desk
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Coastal Rundown: Austin Badon, Marsh Buggies And Golden Meadow

Austin Badon overlooking the wetlands on Paris Road in New Orleans East
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Welcome to the Coastal Rundown, a new series exploring the people, places, gear, facts and suggested resources across the Gulf Coast.

 

Meet: Austin Badon

City Council Representative, District 100

State Rep. (D), Chairman of the House Education Committee

Motto: “Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.”

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

From Urban Farms To Oyster Reefs: How The LSU AgCenter Improves Lives In Louisiana

LSU AgCenter Extension Agent Grace Peterson with Shalon Lewis at the Valencia Community Center and Garden in Shreveport.
Credit Robert and Talbot Trudeau / Flickr

The LSU AgCenter fosters agricultural, engineering and scientific programs across the state. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we go across the state to hear how Ag agent Grace Peterson is connecting Shreveport residents with regional food.

We'll also cultivate tomatoes with Bobby Fletcher near the Mississippi River and float downstream with Dr. John Bell to learn how the Louisiana oyster can help rebuild coastal wetlands. We travel from the Gulf of Mexico to Shreveport's urban farms on this week's Louisiana Eats!

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Latest News
3:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Largest Methanol Plant In North America Opening In St. James Parish

Natural gas, the key ingredient in producing methanol, is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast. South Louisiana Methanol is poised to build the largest methanol plant in North America in St. James Parish.
Ari Moore Flickr

Natural gas is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast, since it's drilled nearby. It's also the key ingredient in producing methanol.

Methanol is a chemical that is used to make plywood, foam, paints, adhesives and other common household products. South Louisiana Methanol is slated to be the biggest plant to make it. The final hurdle to business was finding a local natural gas provider.

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Coastal Desk
5:16 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

State Representative In New Orleans East Sounds Call Over Coastal Erosion

Austin Badon has represented New Orleans East’s District 100 in the state legislature for the past decade.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

The face of coastal erosion in Louisiana is often defined by the most visibly threatened communities. Towns that are literally trying to determine how long they have before they might have to move. And while there’s few people calling on New Orleans residents to start making Plan B’s, some local leaders are trying to get their constituents to be more aware. 

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Throw It Back, Or Throw A Dinner Party? Exploring 'Trash Fish'

Gulf squid and lionfish prepared as a Mexican seafood cocktail at GW Fins.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty sits down for a meal of under-utilized seafood meant to showcase what diners might be missing in the bounty of the Gulf.

The prospect of an exotic dining experience may conjure the unfamiliar food traditions of far-off lands or ingredients too luxurious for everyday meals. But recently I sat down for an intriguingly original dinner built around seafood that is not only found close to home but is also routinely discarded as soon as it’s caught — or else chopped up as bait to catch other fish.

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Latest News
1:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Critical Habitat Designated For Loggerhead Turtles

Federal agencies designate hundreds of thousands of square miles in the Gulf and in the Atlantic as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.
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Federal agencies say 685 miles of beaches and nearly 200,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.

Conservation groups say it's the largest such designation ever.

It includes 88 nesting beaches from North Carolina through Mississippi, plus waters just off of those beaches, floating algae mats where baby turtles live and other marine areas.

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Coastal Desk
5:37 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Funds Still Needed To Rebuild Cat Island, But Restoration Begins

The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site.
Credit Ron Knight / Flickr

The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site. Plaquemines Parish got initial funds to restore the island, but has failed to raise the rest needed. Now, the project leader is starting restoration anyway.

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Coastal Desk
1:55 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom

LeBlanc Marine offloads concrete artificial oyster reef materials in a St. Bernard Parish marsh.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana's coast is becoming big business.

Here are some of the people who stand to benefit.

Deep in St. Bernard Parish’s Lake Athanasio, a construction crew is hard at work. Ben Leblanc is standing on a floating barge, overseeing his troops who are knee deep in marsh, battling enormous horse flies.

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Coastal Desk
5:56 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Environmentalists Trek 100 Miles To Governor's Mansion To Protest Block Of Levee Board Lawsuit

Kirk Green and Jenna DeBoisblanc walk along LA 1 towards Baton Rouge.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

A group of environmentalists are walking 100 miles from Grand Isle to Baton Rouge, along Louisiana Highway 1. They’re protesting Governor Jindal’s signing of Senate Bill 469, which blocked a New Orleans levee board lawsuit against oil and gas companies.

The members hail from around Louisiana. They want Gulf residents to be more aware of decisions made in Baton Rouge that impact their coastal communities.

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