Coastal News Roundup

The coastal news roundup airs on Fridays on 89.9 WWNO-FM. The segment is a collaboration with Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and local listeners.

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This week on the Coastal News Roundup: Plaquemines Parish President Amos Cormier plans to slow down a major coastal restoration project. Plus, air quality alerts and termites invade.

Coastal News Roundup: Bayou Bridge Pipeline Update

May 4, 2018
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This week on the Coastal News Roundup: an update on the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline, plus some of the big picture questions it raises about coastal restoration strategies.

Brad Glorioso, USGS / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A colony of invasive frogs has established itself at Audubon Park and Zoo in New Orleans. Researchers say one way you can humanely help curb the population is to put the invasive frogs in your freezer.

On this week's Coastal News Roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talked with Nola.com | The Times-Picayune reporter about the long-term implications of the invasive frog and more. 

 

 

Coastal News Roundup: Oil Spill Edition

Apr 20, 2018
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It was eight years ago today that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, spewing more than 160 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over several months.

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This week on the Coastal News Roundup: an expedited process for Mississippi River sediment diversions, a study on the causes of Mississippi flooding, and a new understanding of why the Gulf of Mexico is eroding. 

WWNO's Tegan Wendland spoke with reporter Tristan Baurick, from NOLA.com | The Times Picayune.

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On this week's coastal news roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talked with  Sara Sneath of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune about chemical releases in St. James Parish, barrier islands, and coral reefs. 

Coastal News Roundup: Refinery Flare Edition

Mar 16, 2018
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Last weekend, New Orleanians noticed a big fireball coming from the Chalmette Refining refinery. Some worried there had been an explosion, but it turns out it was a really big flare — a fiery plume that burns off excess stuff created during the oil refining process.

Travis Lux / WWNO

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: coastal law. Coastal parishes are suing oil companies, environmental advocates are suing the Army Corps, the Attorney General is also suing the Corps, and there’s been a recent surge in civil lawsuits over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It's hard to keep it all straight. It seems that in the struggle to come up with funds to fight coastal land loss, officials are turning to litigation.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Chris Dalbom of Tulane’s Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy.

Coastal News Roundup: Nola.com/The Times-Picayune Teams With New York Times On Coastal Reporting

Feb 23, 2018
Listening Coast

This week on the Roundup we hear from the whole team at Nola.com/The Times-Picayune about a big project they just completed that goes to print Saturday. Coastal reporters Mark Schleifstein, Sara Sneath and Tristan Baurick collaborated with The New York Times on a series about the vulnerability of South Louisiana.

Michael Maples / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: Louisiana files a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers, how the latest federal budget could speed up sediment diversions and a pair of pollution-related settlements.

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