coastal erosion en Bill To Void Levee Board Lawsuit Heads To Jindal <p>The oil and gas industry won a significant victory in the Louisiana Legislature Friday with Senate passage of a bill that seeks to kill a lawsuit filed by a New Orleans area levee board against 97 oil and gas companies.<br /><br />The lawsuit alleges the companies' drilling activities damaged Louisiana's coast.<br /><br />Senators voted 25-11 for the measure that is aimed at retroactively voiding the lawsuit. The vote sent the bill to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is likely to sign it.<br /> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:15:58 +0000 Associated Press 61733 at The Listening Post Answers: Your Questions About Coastal Erosion <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Every week&nbsp;WWNO's&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">Listening Post project</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and report Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate Richardson 59189 at Louisiana Highway 1: The Wild Game Supper Of Larose <p>Louisiana Highway 1, or just LA-1, is the longest continuous road in the state, running from the northeast corner down to Grand Isle. One particular stretch of it poses a particular challenge: as coastal erosion and sea level rise continue at rapid rates in southern Louisiana, LA-1 is more consistently flooded. This leaves residents and anyone who needs to travel the road inconvenienced at best, and in peril at worst.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Eve Troeh 59068 at Report Says Erosion Is Causing Depopulation Of Coastal Parishes <p>Commuting statistics indicate that coastal parishes are losing residents because of coastal erosion, according to a new report released Sunday by the New Orleans-based Data Center. And it says those left behind are on average older, poorer or otherwise vulnerable.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:57:04 +0000 Associated Press 59003 at The Listening Post Asks: What Do You Know About Coastal Erosion? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every week&nbsp;</span>WWNO's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Listening Post project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is coastal erosion.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate Richardson 57042 at Leeville Arts And Heritage Festival Draws Attention To Disappearing Town <p>Leeville, Louisiana is at the southern tip of Bayou Lafourche, along Louisiana state Highway 1. Recent decades have seen the town all but wash away, due to coastal erosion.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:08:42 +0000 Eve Troeh 57030 at Flood Protection Authority Defends Oil And Gas Lawsuit In Baton Rouge <p>Attorneys for the <a href="" target="_blank">Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East</a> had a chance to defend their lawsuit against oil and gas companies, at a meeting of the state <a href="" target="_blank">Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority</a> on Wednesday in Baton Rouge.</p><p>The head of the state coastal authority, Garret Graves, has been one of the harshest critics of the lawsuit since it was filed last July. Governor Bobby Jindal has also been critical of the suit.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Diane Mack & Bob Marshall 52180 at Design Competition Solicits Ideas For Louisiana's Waterways <p>An international design competition is offering $400,000 for ideas about how to improve Louisiana's waterways.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>Lens Reporter Bob Marshall says that the state can learn a lot from other areas that are facing the same challenges.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Diane Mack & Bob Marshall 49951 at Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to the latest data published by federal agencies. More than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico; nationwide, most of the loss was blamed on development that incurred on freshwater wetlands.<p>"The losses of these vital wetlands were 25 percent greater than during the previous six years," NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports for our Newscast unit. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 48727 at 2013 Anba Dlo Water Symposium Initiates Public Dialogue <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many states suffer from a shortage of water, but not Louisiana — we’ve got a surplus. Problem is, we don’t know what to do with it. And as our coastline diminishes each year, the urgency to make a decision is pivotal.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Experts have been brainstorming about Louisiana’s relationship with water, and they recently congregated at the second annual </span>Anba<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Dlo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> symposium to share their thoughts with the public.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Thomas Walsh 46944 at