Coastal Desk

Coastal Desk
4:15 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Coastal Rundown: Year In Review

Yes, a Coastal selfie...Laine and Jesse take on Barton Springs in Austin, Texas.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Jesse Hardman is the Coastal Reporter and Laine Kaplan-Levenson is the Coastal Producer for WWNO’s Coastal Desk. The desk launched in June, and with the end of 2014 the team curated a recap of coverage thus far.

Listen to the Coastal Team talk with WWNO News Director Eve Troeh:

Starting Out:

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Coastal Desk
2:47 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Testing The Environment, One DIY Tool At A Time

The public lab's DIY oil testing spectrometer kit, on display at their 2015 kickoff party.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The non-profit Public Lab is an environmental organization for the DIY community. They help people monitor the health of their natural spaces with low cost kits and materials. The organization launched after the 2010 BP oil spill with the goal of  making information available to the public about that disaster. 

As the 5th anniversary of the spill approaches, Public Lab is unveiling some new techniques for getting communities to document environmental issues.

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Coastal Desk
11:49 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Report Says Private Investment Can Restore Coast

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

The meeting included representatives of federal and state agencies, universities, investment banking institutions, and non-profits.

The focus was a new report from America's WETLAND Foundation.

That organization is advocating the creation of an ecological marketplace for private investors looking to finance environmental projects.

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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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