coastal restoration

Office of Senator Mary Landrieu

Louisiana public officials are launching a bipartisan battle to revamp proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The administrator evaluating the objections was taken on a helicopter tour of coastal regions possibly facing steep premium hikes.

A New Orleans-area levee district is suing 97 oil industry companies for damaging wetlands that protect the city from hurricanes. The district is seeking repairs that could cost several billion dollars.

New Orleans tourism officials kicked off a national bus tour scheduled to stop in regions most at risk from climate change. Those officials are linking jobs and coastal restoration.

Water Institute of the Gulf

An email sent recently to hundreds of Northshore inboxes contained a startling attachment. It was a picture of south Louisiana 80 years from now. The land loss projection map showed what could happen if the coastal erosion problem goes unchecked — the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain will be the new Grand Isle.

Dr. Chip Groat, President and CEO of the Water Institute of the Gulf, explains that his organization is dedicated to making sure that doesn’t happen.

Members of the America’s Wetland Foundation are in Vietnam this week to collaborate on river management. Dutch experts are also participating.

Crews will pick up Christmas trees at curbside in St. Charles Parish through Jan. 19. Parish officials say all decorations must be removed and flocked trees will not be picked up.

Collected trees will be used in coastal restoration efforts in the Bayou Gauche area.

A public hearing on coastal management in Plaquemines Parish will be held Feb. 7.

The parish Coastal Zone Management Department said the public will be able to offer comment on coastal management issues.

The session is planned from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Belle Chasse Library on Louisiana Highway 23.

More information on the hearing and updates to the coastal program are available by contacting project manager Stephen Lundgren at slundgren@evans-graves.com or by phone at 504-836-8190.

Even though Christmas is over, your tree can keep on giving.

WDSU-TV reports officials in Orleans and Jefferson parish are again picking up live trees for use in marsh restoration.

Folks are asked to remove all tinsel and ornaments from trees and then put them on the curb for pickup. Collection dates for both parishes are Jan. 10 through the 12th.

Flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the recycling program.

A Plaquemines Parish high school destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is being turned into an artificial reef in Breton Sound.

Concrete, bricks and mortar from the school are being spread over six to eight acres off California Point for what will be called Buras High School Reef.

Hurricanes and coastal erosion have wiped out many of the area's historically popular fishing holes. Tim Osborne of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this reef should be very resistant to erosion and weather, serving generations of anglers.

Plaquemines Parish plans to collect Christmas trees after the season to help rebuild wetlands in the coastal parish.

The parish garbage collection company, Solid Waste North and South, will pick them up at curbside after the holidays.

Authorities said all decorations, lights, tinsel, garland and other materials must be removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

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