Coastal Desk

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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Coastal Desk
1:26 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused

U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier ruled nearly two weeks ago that BP acted recklessly in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig accident and oil spill.
Alastair Grant AP

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 12:04 am

Back in school, did you ever fudge the spacing on a report to meet the teacher's page-length requirement? Lawyers representing oil company BP tried something similar in a recent court filing connected to the company's 2010 drilling rig accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Coastal Desk
8:47 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Coastal Desk Visits Austin To Learn From Their Water Management Strategy

A sign in a bathroom at Mueller, the new sustainable, transit-oriented community in Austin, Texas.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

This week our coastal team is visiting the city of Austin, Texas with a group of New Orleans city officials, including City Council members Susan Guidry and LaToya Cantrell, and representatives from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and the Sewerage and Water Board.

The goal is to learn about how Austin manages its water system, and see if there’s some takeaways as the city of New Orleans tries to create a new water strategy that integrates old and new design.

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Coastal Desk
11:09 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Coastal Rundown: The 2014 Society Of Environmental Journalists Conference

A sketch of a 9th Ward house by Francesca Lyman, Seattle journalist, sketch artist and Society of Environmental Journalists Conference attendee.
Credit Francesca Lyman

The 24th Annual Society of Environmental Journalists conference took place in New Orleans last week, bringing to town a few hundred environmental reporters, advocates, scientists, engineers, politicians and more.

Participants got out of the conference rooms to see the levees, bayous, marshes, sinkholes, refineries and rivers that all contribute to the complex region that is Louisiana’s Gulf coast.

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Coastal Desk
11:07 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Ruling In BP Civil Case Sets The Stage With Potential Additional Funds For Coastal Restoration

The Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire.
Credit United States Coast Guard / Wikimedia Commons

With a ruling finally in on the civil action suit against BP, both sides are looking ahead to what’s next. BP plans to appeal the decision, and plaintiffs are hoping to see some more money flowing from the oil giant to coastal restoration projects.

The ballroom of a New Orleans Hilton was packed with reporters in town for the Society of Environmental Journalists conference recently.

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