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Royal Bream raises fish in a floating net in Marseille, France. This represents one type of farming technologies that could work in the Gulf.
NOAA, with permission from Giles Lemarchand.

Last month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened the Gulf of Mexico for fish farming, or aquaculture. Now, some fishermen and environmentalists have filed a lawsuit against NOAA.

Louisiana is among 29 states which filed a lawsuit against the federal government, saying new environmental regulations are too extensive and costly. The Supreme Court took the side of the opposing states by issuing a "stay" against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new mandates on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The states say those requirements are too hard to meet and will be bad for industry and jobs. The new laws would require greatly reduced emissions by 2022. Robert...

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A professor at the University of New Orleans has received a grant to study marshes. The research will compare wetlands in Louisiana with those on the east coast.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Most of the fish we eat in the U.S. comes from other countries. Fishermen in Louisiana have long sought to displace some of those imports but the industry has faced challenges like hurricanes and the 2010 BP oil spill. Now, a new source of fish in the gulf offers promise -- but also raises questions.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials to announce $234 million of federal money awarded for helping the city and state better handle future water disasters. I t comes 10 years after a post-Katrina visit to the Netherlands for advice.

Weenta Girmay

State officials want landowners to convert old farmland to wetlands. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.

A Taylor Energy well southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River has been leaking for over a decade.
Taylor Energy

The company responsible for an ongoing spill in the Gulf of Mexico is holding a public forum on Wednesday. Taylor Energy was mandated to share information about the spill and its cleanup efforts with the public. The Waterkeeper Alliance, Apalachicola Riverkeeper and Louisiana Environmental Action Network sued the company for being too secretive. According to the Coast Guard, some of the company’s wells began leaking after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but the oil sheen off the coast of Louisiana...

Extensive data collected by oil and gas companies along Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne will be used by researchers at the University of New Orleans studying sea levels on the Louisiana coast.

The Army Corps of Engineers used small cranes to slowly begin opening up the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway Sunday morning in order to relieve the swollen Mississippi River and prevent flooding in New Orleans.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript SCOTT SIMON, HOST: All eyes in Louisiana are on the Mississippi River. Floods that swept the Midwest are headed south, and that will test the levee system in Louisiana. Tegan Wendland at member station WWNO reports that the Army Corps of Engineers has amped up its flood-fighting efforts to protect the city of New Orleans. TEGAN WENDLAND, BYLINE: Nearly half of New Orleans is at or below sea level, so flooding isn't unusual...

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