Coastal Desk

Coastal Desk
5:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Coastal Rundown: The Landscape Architect

City Park, New Orleans. Scene showing "lagoon" (remainder of the mostly filled-in Bayou Metairie) crossed stone arch pedestrian bridge. Ducks swim in the water. Above are Live Oak trees draped with Spanish moss.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons

WHAT: The Landscape Architect

A landscape architect is trained to design everything outside of a building — where pedestrians flow, where plants grow, seating, parks, playgrounds, sports fields, etc. Everything outside of the building is "landscape." This work includes the manipulation of spaces like grading and terrain modeling. The idea is to create outdoor spaces for people to use.

HOW it relates to green stormwater management and infrastructure:

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Coastal Desk
1:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WWNO's Jesse Hardman Interviews Nola.com's Mark Schleifstein

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein.
Credit Nola.com

This fall a series of long form news pieces about Louisiana's coast have appeared in various national media.

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Coastal Desk
3:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Levee Board's Lead Attorney Explains Why He Took On Oil And Gas Lawsuit

The Lens' Steve Beatty introduces environmental reporter Bob Marshall (left) and Gladstone Jones (right) for a live interview and Q&A held at Basin Street Station on Tuesday, November 17.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

On Tuesday, November 18, environmental reporter Bob Marshall of The Lens sat down with Gladstone Jones, the lead attorney in the lawsuit against oil and gas companies for coastal damages.

Gladstone Jones signed his contract with the levee board based on a sliding scale. The 16 lawyers on the levee board’s legal team will be paid between 22-32 percent, depending on the amount recovered.

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Coastal Desk
4:50 am
Mon November 17, 2014

New Program Encourages Youth To Ditch The Electronics And Go Fishing

Fishing off a pier, angling with a rod. Proof that you don't need a boat to 'Get Out And Fish!'
Credit Arpingstone / Wikimedia Commons

Over the weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries launched its new Get Out and Fish! program in Lafayette’s Girard Park. A fishing competition and other family friendly activities all served to celebrate a new initiative to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing.

They say video killed the radio star. Mike Wood of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says video games killed the fisherman.

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Coastal Desk
10:13 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Reporter's Notebook: WWNO In Saigon

Saigon bridge.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, has become an Asian mega-city. And it’s surrounded and defined by water. Districts here are often separated by bridges, crossing one of the many rivers that run through the city on their way to the Mekong Delta. It’s a bustling place, as you’d expect with eight million or so residents (and growing). Rush hour brings an onslaught of motorbikes and cars, flowing like their own river through the city.

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Coastal Desk
3:55 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

FACTS Conference Says Climate Change Is Now

A full crowd at the FACTS conference, held in Tulane University's Lavin Bernik Center.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The French Embassy in the United States and Tulane University came together earlier this week to present the French American Climate Talks, or FACTS. The conference series travels to cities in the United States and Canada to engage scientists and policymakers in discussions about the impacts of climate change, and how we can prepare to face them.

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Coastal Desk
8:50 am
Thu November 6, 2014

WWNO's Coastal Glossary

Aerial view of wetlands
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services / Wikimedia Commons

As we explore the Gulf Coast more comprehensively than ever before, trying to understand better the complex relationships inherent in the restoration process, there's a lot to learn and keep track of.

In order to both understand and talk about coastal erosion, an expanded vocabulary is needed — one filled with brand-new terms whose definitions are integral to absorbing the problems and solutions Louisiana faces around water and land loss.

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Coastal Desk
1:23 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

A Green Scene Is Brewing On Milwaukee's Fresh Coast

Milwaukee based Rockwell Automation has Wisconsin's largest green roof
Credit Jesse Hardman

WWNO’s Coastal Desk has been on tour, looking at water management in other cities. Austin and Philadelphia were the first stops. Now we’ll hear about the final city: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A delegation of New Orleans city officials and non-profit leaders recently headed to Wisconsin. They learned how Milwaukee, built as an industrial hub, has become one of the greenest big cities in the country.

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Coastal Desk
8:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

How To Learn To Love The Disaster Industry

Cities and states hire private companies to help handle the workload after disasters, but homeowners still face long delays and other problems.
Edward Dai/Epoch Times

Disasters are causing more and more damage, and the federal government is spending more and more money to rebuild afterwards.

But before the construction crew can begin repairs, homeowners face months-long delays and poor customer service in the preliminary stages of the application process. Some homeowners even complain that the rebuilding process has become as traumatic as the storm itself.

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Coastal Desk
12:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Other Industry That's Too Big to Fail

A house in the Gentilly neighborhood, left unrepaired since Hurricane Katrina.
Eve Troeh

The New Jersey Sandy recovery service center had so few chairs that some customers had to wait while standing in long lines. The firm used software taken off the Internet and full of bugs. Homeowners were directed to make appointments through a call center, but employees were never told when they would show up.

That is what Sandy victims faced when they came to one of nine intake centers set up to distribute long-term federal aid to homeowners, David, a former employee, said. He said he and his colleagues wanted to help, but met repeated obstacles.

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