Coastal Desk

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
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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Coastal Desk
4:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Private Landowners To Benefit From New Gulf Restoration Partnership

Navigation on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, where it intersects with Bayou Perot, in the vicinity of New Orleans
Credit Lane Lefort / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Norco, Louisiana on Monday to announce a new environmental initiative aimed at private landowners along the Gulf Coast.

The Department of Agriculture and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are looking to fund conservation projects as part of the ongoing recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Coastal Desk
3:55 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Coastal Rundown: NOLA Gets Philly

Dale Thayer
Credit Dale Thayer

In September, a delegation of local officials traveled to Austin to learn how they manage their water. Earlier this month, members of that same delegation visited Philadelphia for another take on urban water management and green infrastructure.

Who Was There: Dale Thayer

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Coastal Desk
8:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Philadelphia Gets Its Water Management Act Together, And New Orleans Takes Notes

The ribbon cutting of the new Venice Island facility in Manayunk, Philadelphia.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

In September, a delegation of local officials traveled to Austin to learn how they manage their water. New Orleans is preparing to adopt a new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance which, if passed, will include the city’s first ever stormwater management plan.

Earlier this month, members of that same delegation visited Philadelphia for another take on urban water management and green infrastructure.

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Coastal Desk
6:40 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Orleans Hosts 2014 Greenbuild Conference And Expo

A shot of the floor from the 2010 Greenbuild conference in Chicago.
Credit Timothy Dahl / Charlesandhudson.com

Here are two buzzwords you probably hear a lot these days: "sustainability" and "resilience." These words will be heard a lot over the next few days at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, as visitors from around the world will share ideas on how to plan for the future using green technology. 

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Coastal Desk
6:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Working On Water Symposium Encourages Fishermen To Supplement Income With EcoTourism

An airboat in the wetlands.
Credit USGS South Florida Information Access

A coalition of foundations, non-profits government departments, and higher education institutions are looking to help Coastal Louisianans invest in some new industries. The Working on the Water symposium took place Tuesday, October 21 in St. Bernard Parish. 

It would have been a beautiful day to be out on the water. But around 45 local fisherman left their boats docked, and drove to the town of Violet instead.

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Coastal Desk
9:29 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 2: Plaquemines Parish

Braithwaite, Louisiana, a town on the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

For the first 50 years of his life Donald Stokes lived happily in Braithwaite, a town of a few hundred residents in Plaquemines Parish. In 2006 he and his wife decided to leave.

Stokes says it was such a painful departure that it took him two years to actually complete the move. “Slowly but surely I put stuff on a trailer, came back, put stuff on a trailer, came back. It wasn't easy. It felt like I was uprooting my life.”

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