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

Countries across the world are starting to ban some microplastics. Like microbeads — the tiny pieces of plastic used in soap and face washes.

 

This time of year in New Orleans, it’s almost raining plastic, from beads to glitter. Lots of glitter. But what happens to all that sparkly stuff after it washes away? WWNO’s Travis Lux took a look at the environmental consequences of glitter.

Tristan Baurick / Nola.com|The Times-Picayune

The bounty of the Louisiana Coast has helped make New Orleans a food capital. But humans have put the once-plentiful resources — like fish — at risk. 

On this week's coastal news roundup, Nola.com/Times-Picayune environmental reporters Sara Sneath and Tristan Baurick talk about how chefs, fishermen and companies are fighting to keep Louisiana on the food map.

Louisiana State University

LSU unveiled a big, new model of the lower Mississippi River Monday. It will be used to simulate floods and help the state figure out how to use the river to rebuild the coast.

High Contrast / Wikimidia Commons (CC BY 3.0 DE)

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: Louisiana debates bringing a Russian fish and an update on pollution trading. Plus, some dubious claims about alligators.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with reporter Tristan Baurick, from Nola.com/The Times Picayune, about the week in coastal news.

Scott Akerman / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The Sewerage and Water Board answered questions from New Orleans city council members Tuesday about the impact of last week’s freeze, but the agency is still taking stock.

Tegan Wendland / https://www.facebook.com/mayorlandrieu/

Though the weather has warmed up, problems caused by this week’s cold spell are expected to linger through the weekend. Broken pipes and overuse strained the water supply. Boil water advisories continue for Jefferson Parish and the East Bank due to low water pressure.

Chris Granger / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Another week of freezing temperatures crippled New Orleans infrastructure. But what impact could it have on coastal plants and animals?

Nola.com | The Times-Picayune reporter Sara Sneath spoke with WWNO's Tegan Wendland about the week's coastal news, including a lawsuit filed to seek records related to the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

Jessica Rosgaard

Road conditions are improving as southeast Louisiana continues to thaw from a deep freeze. But problems with the water system have school districts closed and city officials warning residents to be prepared for a few more difficult days ahead.

Freeze Strains New Orleans Utilities

Jan 18, 2018
Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire East Bank of New Orleans. This comes after a drop in water pressure this morning, probably caused by residents leaving water running overnight to avoid bursting pipes.

Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Climate change skeptics, including President Donald Trump, have been vocal the past couple weeks about how cold snaps in the south and northeast do not fit in with the global warming narrative. On this week's coastal news roundup, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune environmental reporters Sara Sneath and Mark Schleifstein talk about how cold weather shakes out in a warming world.

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