Coastal Desk

Coastal Desk
7:27 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Coastal Report Examines Role Of Private Funds For Restoration

Avery Island in Louisiana, where the America's WETLAND Foundation met back in October to discuss the role of private investment in coastal restoration.
Credit Serge Ottaviani / Wikimedia Commons

Coastal experts met on Louisiana’s Avery Island to discuss the potential of private investment money to help restore and sustain the Gulf Coast. 

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Coastal Desk
6:12 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Louisiana's Moonshot: An Interview With Environmental Reporter Bob Marshall

Louisiana's Moon Shot, an interactive article by the Lens and ProPublica

Louisiana’s Moon Shot is the latest coastal feature by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Marshall, of The Lens. The interactive article, a collaboration with ProPublica, focuses on details of the state’s coastal Master Plan.

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Coastal Desk
9:49 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Coastal Rundown: Louisiana RESTORE Project Proposals

Louisiana Cypress trees
Credit glynn424 / pixabay.com

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the state agency charged with implementing and maintaining Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan, is applying for funding for five major restoration projects. The projects include creation of marshes adjacent to the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, Lake Maurepas and Biloxi, and money for consolidated management of the Mississippi River.

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Coastal Desk
7:33 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Pentagon Announces Levee Armoring Contracts

The Pentagon says three Louisiana companies have contracts worth up to $200 million in total to armor levees in the New Orleans area.

The Pentagon says Bis Services of Kenner, Circle of Belle Chasse, and Shavers-Whittle Construction of Mandeville, were among 10 companies that bid over the Internet.

Their contracts are with the Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans. They were on a list of contracts released last night by the Pentagon.

The work is to be done by December 2020. The amount paid for each job will be decided individually.

Tête-à-Tête
5:06 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Tête-à-Tête: Margaret Brown On The Factory Under The Gulf Of Mexico

A scene from THE GREAT INVISIBLE.
Credit RADiUS-TWC

Tête-à-Tête is a new series that uncovers extended versions of interviews conducted by WWNO journalists. Broadcasting means time limits, and often conversations that range from thirty to forty minutes in length get thirty to forty seconds on air. Tête-à-Tête brings these deeper discussions to light.

Margaret Brown directed and  co-produced "The Great Invisible" — a new documentary about the 2010 BP Oil Spill that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 South by Southwest film festival. 

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Coastal Desk
7:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Hurricane Center Will Start Issuing Separate Warnings On Storm Surge

Coastal residents will start seeing separate warnings about storm surge in addition to warnings about tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.
Ian Britton Flickr

If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see separate warnings about storm surge in addition to warnings about tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.

National Hurricane Center officials said Thursday that separate warnings for storm surge should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.

Storm surge is considered the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical cyclone. It can strike at different times and in different places than a storm's winds.

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Coastal Desk
4:04 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'The Great Invisible' Returns To The Prytania

Latham Smith in THE GREAT INVISIBLE.
Credit RADiUS-TWC

"The Great Invisible" is a new documentary about the 2010 BP Oil Spill opening on December 12 at the Prytania Theater. Margaret Brown, the movie's director, grew up on the Alabama coast and saw the impact the spill had on her family and neighbors.

But, as Brown continued to pay attention, she realized this was not just a story about the victims, and that the oil executives were not the only enemies.

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Coastal Desk
2:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Ecotourism: A New Catch For Commercial Fishermen?

A fisherman sorts the day's catch on Tony Goutierrez's dock on Hopedale Highway in Hopedale, Louisiana.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

There’s a new push to get tourists in New Orleans off Bourbon Street and into nature. Eco-tourism is the new way to explore Louisiana, according to a new statewide campaign. And as commercial fishermen are seeing numbers drop in catch and profit, they’re considering the tourism industry as a way to make a living.  

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Coastal Desk
5:12 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Governor's Office Gives Update on RESTORE Act

Workers contracted by BP clean up oil on a beach in Port Fourchon, La., May 23, 2010.
Credit PO3 Patrick Kelley / US DOD

The Governor’s Advisory Commission met Wednesday to receive an update on the RESTORE Act from Chris Barnes, a legal advisor from the governor’s office.

Barnes reminded the group that of the three pots of money going to the five gulf coast states, only one is tied to impact from the oil spill.

Those funds will be distributed to the gulf coast states based on a formula established by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

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Coastal Desk
3:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Governor's Advisory Commission Talks Social And Economic Impacts Of Land Loss

Shows the land loss of Louisiana since the 1930s. Also shows some predicted land loss and gain. Red is land loss from 1932-2000, and light green is land gain from 1932-2000. Yellow is predicted land loss from 2000-2050. Dark green is predicted land gain from 2000-2050.
Credit Stephen Luna / Wikimedia Commons

The University of New Orleans hosted the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation on Wednesday. They met to discuss the RESTORE Act and receive an update about an LSU study on how land loss will impact the economy of Louisiana’s coast.

King Milling is chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission. He posed the question that everyone is thinking about, but no one wants to ask:

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