environment

Coastal Desk
12:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Other Industry That's Too Big to Fail

A house in the Gentilly neighborhood, left unrepaired since Hurricane Katrina.
Eve Troeh

The New Jersey Sandy recovery service center had so few chairs that some customers had to wait while standing in long lines. The firm used software taken off the Internet and full of bugs. Homeowners were directed to make appointments through a call center, but employees were never told when they would show up.

That is what Sandy victims faced when they came to one of nine intake centers set up to distribute long-term federal aid to homeowners, David, a former employee, said. He said he and his colleagues wanted to help, but met repeated obstacles.

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Latest News
7:51 am
Wed October 29, 2014

State Sues Corps Of Engineers Over MRGO

Louisiana coastal restoration officials are suing a federal agency over the cost of fixing damage blamed on a now-closed south Louisiana waterway.

The federal court lawsuit was filed Tuesday in New Orleans by the Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. It notes that the man-made Mississippi River Gulf Outlet is widely blamed for contributing to flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It says federal law ordering the closure of the channel also requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore wetlands damaged by years of poor maintenance of the waterway.

Coastal Desk
4:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Private Landowners To Benefit From New Gulf Restoration Partnership

Navigation on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, where it intersects with Bayou Perot, in the vicinity of New Orleans
Credit Lane Lefort / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Norco, Louisiana on Monday to announce a new environmental initiative aimed at private landowners along the Gulf Coast.

The Department of Agriculture and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are looking to fund conservation projects as part of the ongoing recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Latest News
7:59 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Judge Backs St. Tammany Lawsuit To Block Fracking

A state district judge in Baton Rouge has refused to block a lawsuit filed by St. Tammany Parish officials working to stop a proposed oil drilling and fracking project.

Parish officials filed the lawsuit in June. They argue that the well is proposed for an area zoned residential, and that the parish has the authority to ban hydraulic fracturing.

The state Department of Natural Resources' Office of Conservation wants the suit thrown out.

But the judge told attorneys yesterday that the case has enough merit to be heard.

Latest News
7:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Study: BP Spill Left An Oily 'Bathtub Ring' On The Sea Floor

A new study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig.
Brocken Inaglory Wikimedia

New research shows that the BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island.

The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig. Valentine said the spill left other splotches containing even more oil.

Coastal Desk
3:55 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Coastal Rundown: NOLA Gets Philly

Dale Thayer
Credit Dale Thayer

In September, a delegation of local officials traveled to Austin to learn how they manage their water. Earlier this month, members of that same delegation visited Philadelphia for another take on urban water management and green infrastructure.

Who Was There: Dale Thayer

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Coastal Desk
8:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Philadelphia Gets Its Water Management Act Together, And New Orleans Takes Notes

The ribbon cutting of the new Venice Island facility in Manayunk, Philadelphia.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

In September, a delegation of local officials traveled to Austin to learn how they manage their water. New Orleans is preparing to adopt a new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance which, if passed, will include the city’s first ever stormwater management plan.

Earlier this month, members of that same delegation visited Philadelphia for another take on urban water management and green infrastructure.

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Coastal Desk
6:40 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Orleans Hosts 2014 Greenbuild Conference And Expo

A shot of the floor from the 2010 Greenbuild conference in Chicago.
Credit Timothy Dahl / Charlesandhudson.com

Here are two buzzwords you probably hear a lot these days: "sustainability" and "resilience." These words will be heard a lot over the next few days at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, as visitors from around the world will share ideas on how to plan for the future using green technology. 

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Coastal Desk
6:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Working On Water Symposium Encourages Fishermen To Supplement Income With EcoTourism

An airboat in the wetlands.
Credit USGS South Florida Information Access

A coalition of foundations, non-profits government departments, and higher education institutions are looking to help Coastal Louisianans invest in some new industries. The Working on the Water symposium took place Tuesday, October 21 in St. Bernard Parish. 

It would have been a beautiful day to be out on the water. But around 45 local fisherman left their boats docked, and drove to the town of Violet instead.

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Latest News
8:05 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Interior Department Says Louisiana Coastal Program Lacks Oversight

The Interior Department Inspector General says two federal agencies lack of oversight when dealing with coastal restoration grants in Louisiana.

An audit of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program outlines concerns about contract awards and other financial matters.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority are in charge of that coastal impact program. They say the audit didn't cite serious problems, but did point out areas for improvement.

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