Coastal Desk

Coastal Desk
9:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 1: Staten Island

A Hurricane Sandy damaged house in Staten Island scheduled for demolition.
Credit Elizabeth Rush

Low-lying coastal areas are the front lines for sea level rise, and increasingly frequent and destructive storms at sea. Hurricane Sandy proved it’s not just the South or the Gulf Coast at risk. Staten Island, one of New York City’s five boroughs, saw heavy flooding after Hurricane Sandy, which hit two years ago this month.

The way Eddie Perez tells it, the night of October 29, 2012 played out like one of those movies about the apocalypse. "About 7:55 I was watching the news and they said at 8 o’clock it was coming"

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Coastal Desk
5:12 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

RESTORE Act Funds Officially Become Available

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, 6 May 2010
Credit Justin Stumberg / U.S. military

The US Treasury Department announced yesterday that Gulf Coast state and local governments can finally submit proposals and apply for RESTORE Act funds. This opens up grants to support communities impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  

Some of the $653 million in civil penalties that came out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are now available. 35 percent of that money will be divided equally among the five states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 20 coastal parishes in Louisiana qualify for the funds.

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Coastal Desk
7:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Report On U.S. Freshwater Crisis Released At Water Conference

The Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.
Credit WEFTEC

The Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference kicked off this past Saturday in New Orleans, and continues through Wednesday, October 1. On Monday afternoon, a new report called "Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources" was released at the Morial Convention Center.

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Coastal Desk
7:17 am
Fri September 26, 2014

New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board Launches Green Initiative

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is getting a little greener. On Thursday night the Board unveiled seven green infrastructure projects it’s partnering on that aim to improve community outreach and participation in the city’s water management.

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Coastal Desk
1:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

On Rita Anniversary, Story Of A Small Town Comeback

Shrimp boats in Delcambre, Louisiana, where customers can buy seafood from the dock through Delcambre Direct Seafood
Ed Lallo Louisiana Seafood News

Wednesday marks the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita's landfall in Texas, and the flooding of the Louisiana coast. Western parishes like Cameron, Vermilion and Iberia were hit hard. Plus, Rita added a whole new layer to the unprecedented damage of Katrina and the floods of just a few weeks prior.

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Coastal Desk
2:02 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Coastal Rundown: The NYC People's Climate March

The 2014 People's Climate March in New York City. The view from 42nd Street and 9th Avenue.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

The March: On Sunday, September 21, over 400,000 people congregated in New York City to fight against climate change and advocate for an economic and political system that takes action to address the environmental issues across the planet. Folks represented a variety of focus areas, from anti-fracking to anti-big oil to veganism to food justice to clean air.  

WWNO’s Coastal Desk wanted to know to what degree the issues in Louisiana are on the national radar. They pulled people from the crowd to hear what they knew about the Gulf Coast:

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Coastal Desk
6:50 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Louisiana Is Represented At Climate Change Protests In New York

Hundreds of demonstrators marched on Wall Street Monday morning in the second day of climate change protests in New York City.

Sunday’s event drew more than 300,000 marchers.

The fate of the Gulf Coast ecosystem was on the mind of some of those gathered at the event. Mike Jonak carried a sign that read, “Gulf Coast Resistance - Stop Tar Sands”

Jonak is from Minnesota, but wanted to show solidarity with people further down his favorite river.

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Coastal Desk
8:38 am
Fri September 19, 2014

New Orleans Delegation Looks At The Limits Of Austin's Water Management System

Austin's Watershed Protection Department educates residents on why retention systems for storm water are important to local water management systems.
Credit Jesse Hardman

Last week a delegation from the Crescent City traveled to Austin, Texas. The idea: to check out how Austin manages its water. Drought-stricken Texas has too little water; New Orleans often has too much. But they have a surprising amount to learn from each other.

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Coastal Desk
7:30 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Panel Deciding Levee Board Nominees May Determine Lawsuit Against Oil And Gas

A little-known state panel could have a big effect on the future of a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry last year by a south Louisiana flood board.

The nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is set Thursday to nominate applicants for two people on the board whose terms have expired.

One is Paul Kemp, who supports the flood board's lawsuit seeking to hold oil and gas companies accountable for coastal damage.

Coastal Desk
7:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

New Orleans Adding Water Management To Zoning Regulations

A group of New Orleans based developers, city planners, landscape architects and community members gathered at the Propeller business incubator offices last night to discuss potential changes in city standards for water management.

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