coastal restoration en Funds Still Needed To Rebuild Cat Island, But Restoration Begins <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site. </span>Plaquemines<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Parish got initial funds to restore the island, but has failed to raise the rest needed. Now, the project leader is starting restoration anyway.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:37:22 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 64101 at Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Here are some of the people who stand to benefit.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:55:57 +0000 Jesse Hardman 63540 at Environmentalists Trek 100 Miles To Governor's Mansion To Protest Block Of Levee Board Lawsuit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of environmentalists are walking</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">100 miles from Grand Isle to Baton Rouge, along Louisiana Highway 1. They’re protesting Governor </span>Jindal’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> signing of Senate Bill 469, which blocked a New Orleans levee board lawsuit against oil and gas companies.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:56:40 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 63404 at 'Big Oil' Lawsuit Survives In 4-4 Vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A south Louisiana flood control board isn't ready to give up yet on its lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies over coastal wetlands damage — despite a new law aimed at squelching the suit.</span></p><p>A motion to kill the suit died on a 4-4 tie vote Thursday during a meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.</p><p>Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes the lawsuit. His four newest appointees voted to kill the suit. Four others voted against killing it. One member of the nine-member board was absent.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:35:12 +0000 Associated Press 62931 at State Coastal Leaders Convene To Discuss Future Projects <p>Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had its monthly meeting on Wednesday. Officials discussed BP oil spill money, sediment diversions, sea level rise, and beach and dune restoration.<br /><br />Laurie Cormier is the Coastal Zone manager in Southwestern Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish. Cormier also sits on the CPRA. She says the focus in her region is the creation of breakwaters, which help protect against storm surge.<br /> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:49:32 +0000 Jesse Hardman 62861 at Ora Estuaries Contributes To An Oyster Habitat Restoration Project In St. Bernard Parish <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">The Water Challenge seeks to spur innovation in creative water management solutions for the Greater New Orleans region by awarding $50,000 annually through a competitive process. Sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Water Challenge is part of The Idea Village’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 14px;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:46:00 +0000 Eve Abrams 62204 at Restoring The Coast By Creating Oyster Beds In St. Bernard Parish <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">A consortium of environmental and industry stakeholders are making concrete reefs on the Gulf Coast in an attempt to create new oyster habitats. The Lake Athanasio project covers a half a mile of St. Bernard Parish coastline, and seeks to satisfy coastal restoration and commercial interests by giving oysters a sustainable habitat to mature.</span></p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 17:41:31 +0000 Jesse Hardman 62107 at Coastal Restoration Fund Maneuver Used to Balance Budget <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>“There’s no one-time money for recurring expenditures in the budget,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols guaranteed from the start of this year’s budget process. Yet as the House Appropriations Committee worked to modify and approve Governor Jindal’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, the secret behind “no one-time money” was revealed.<p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 59583 at As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay Louisiana's coast is disappearing at the rate of about a football field an hour. Since the 1930s, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed up an area the size of Delaware.<p>You can see the water encroaching in Delacroix in St. Bernard Parish, less than an hour southeast of New Orleans. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 58613 at Landrieu Says Revenue Sharing, Not Lawsuit, Will Benefit Coastal Renewal <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Sen. Mary Landrieu spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday." data-attribution="Credit Ann Marie AWad" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Mary&#160;</span>Landrieu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a lawsuit against oil and gas companies is not the answer to renewing Louisiana’s gulf coast.</span><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 57968 at