Recently Louisiana senators David Vitter and Bill Cassidy signed a letter asking that FEMA eliminate the requirement that states address climate change in disaster planning to receive federal funding. Read the full letter here.
The New Orleans City Council just passed the first new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in 40 years. One part of the ordinance, Article 23, mandates a more “green” approach to water in the city — specifically, all the extra water we get from heavy rain and storms.
Did you know a piece of paper could kill? Natchitoches Rep. Kenny Cox found that out Wednesday, when the fiscal note for his HB 590 was delivered just a few minutes before its hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee.
Cox’s bill would require industrial plants to install air quality monitors along their fence lines.
“This bill is about safety: safety for the people who live along the fence lines,” Cox said in explanation of the proposed law.
Before too much testimony on the bill was given, Houma Rep. Joe Harrison advised Cox that the estimated state cost for implementing the bill – the fiscal note – was going to be the real issue.
Wetland Resources plants hurricane resistant trees to protect Louisiana’s coastline.
Demetra Kandalepas is a senior scientist at Wetland Resources. We’re on the way to visit their bald cypress and tupelo nursery. It’s in the middle of a marsh. We drive down a muddy path next to a huge, raised pipe.
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality senior scientist Vivian Aucoin gave tips to middle school students about improving air quality following her presentation at the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.
The Shreveport area’s ozone level is in compliance with federal air quality standards today, but that could change in October when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to come out with stricter compliance rules as part of the Clean Air Act.
A senior scientist with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality visited Shreveport Wednesday to present an overview of air quality in a four-parish area, including Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Webster parishes.
Who's still thinking about Christmas in spring? The New Orleans Department of Sanitation, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Guard. This generation-long partnership comes together for the annual Christmas tree drop. Christmas trees are picked up curbside after the new year, packaged into bundles, and dropped via helicopter into a local wetlands area to build back land mass. The National Guard uses it as a training exercise, and the nearby wildlife refuge Bayou Sauvage gets a coastal restoration project.