Coastal Desk

Southeast Louisiana is sinking under the waves faster than any coastal landscape in the world. With so much at stake for Louisiana and the nation, WWNO has made coastal news a priority.

Since mid-2014 our Coastal Desk reporting team has been producing frequent news reports and in-depth features covering coastal erosion and restoration; hurricane protection; offshore energy and other coastal businesses; wildlife and fisheries impacts; and coastal communities and culture.

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Travis Lux / WWNO

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, the state gets more money to figure out how to stop the invasive bug killing the coastal marsh. Plus, two state legislators get into bar fight over coastal restoration.

 

Tristan Baurick from Nola.com/The Times-Picayune breaks down the week in coastal news with WWNO’s Travis Lux.

Travis Lux / WWNO

Hurricane season is just around the corner. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city is ready, but now it's time for residents to ready themselves.

"With two weeks to go before June 1, I'm urging our citizens to take action and take their response very, very seriously," Cantrell said.

CPRA

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: Plaquemines Parish President Amos Cormier plans to slow down a major coastal restoration project. Plus, air quality alerts and termites invade.

Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

The controversy continues over actors who were paid to attend public meetings and speak in support of a new Entergy power plant in New Orleans East.

Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

In March, the New Orleans city council voted to approve a new gas-fired power plant for Entergy in New Orleans East. It was a controversial decision that came after heated public meetings. People showed up with signs to protest the plant, and others showed up to support it.

Coastal News Roundup: Bayou Bridge Pipeline Update

May 4, 2018
Travis Lux / WWNO

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: an update on the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline, plus some of the big picture questions it raises about coastal restoration strategies.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Sinkholes. Potholes. The streets of New Orleans are full of them. No matter how you get around — by bus, car, bike — you've probably seen (and felt) your fair share of them. 

WWNO's Coastal Desk is hosting a sinkhole and pothole tour in Mid-City on May 12, in collaboration with The Lens and iSeeChange, and we'd love for you to join us. 

Brad Glorioso, USGS / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A colony of invasive frogs has established itself at Audubon Park and Zoo in New Orleans. Researchers say one way you can humanely help curb the population is to put the invasive frogs in your freezer.

On this week's Coastal News Roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talked with Nola.com | The Times-Picayune reporter about the long-term implications of the invasive frog and more. 

 

 

Coastal News Roundup: Oil Spill Edition

Apr 20, 2018
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It was eight years ago today that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, spewing more than 160 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over several months.

Travis Lux / WWNO

The state announced plans Friday to fund 10 projects that will address problems created by flooding and land loss in six coastal parishes.

 

Louisiana’s main way of fighting land loss and flooding is with the Coastal Master Plan — a $50 billion blueprint for building levees, and restoring marshes and barrier islands. The Master Plan’s projects and priorities are based on science and modeling.

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