With oil prices down, Louisiana has lost about 12,000 jobs in oil and gas since last year. Some of those oil and gas workers are finding new jobs in coastal restoration. That includes helping rebuild a chain of barrier islands to protect the coast. One of those state-funded projects is in Plaquemines Parish.
A slate of bills before the Louisiana state legislature, if passed, will redirect funding from coastal restoration efforts. WWNO's Tegan Wendland spoke with Bob Marshall, environmental reporter for The Lens, about the proposed legislation.
St. Bernard Parish is considering a new marsh creation project: adding partially-treated sewage to Bayou Bienvenue, east of New Orleans. The idea is to build up vegetation—and spur marsh creation—by tapping the natural fertilizer that humans around the world create daily.
Can Sewage Save Wetlands? One Louisiana City Decided To Find Out
A new state study says land loss could cost Louisiana a lot of money if nothing is done. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority commissioned the study, which was done by LSU and the RAND Corporation.
Congress will vote Friday on the federal spending bill and that could mean more money for Louisiana. It includes more than $10 million for the Louisiana Coastal Area Program (LCA.) The program is a partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers and the state.
There is a federal law that says when wetlands are destroyed by development or industry, they must be replaced somewhere nearby. It is a provision of the Clean Water Act in place since 1980, but it’s getting new attention because of increased industrial development in Louisiana.