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Environment
4:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says

Saltwater wetlands that include marshes and shoals on Virginia's Atlantic coast. U.S. coastal wetlands losses were 25 percent greater from 2004-2009, according to a recent federal study.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 6:47 pm

The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to the latest data published by federal agencies. More than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico; nationwide, most of the loss was blamed on development that incurred on freshwater wetlands.

"The losses of these vital wetlands were 25 percent greater than during the previous six years," NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports for our Newscast unit. She also notes that the loss equals "about seven football fields every hour."

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Red River Radio
9:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

International Paper donates Lake Erling in Arkansas to Shreveport-based conservation group

Managed timberland pine forests surround Lake Erling and its 120 miles of shoreline.

International Paper has donated its Lake Erling property in South Arkansas' Lafayette County to the Shreveport-based AGRED Foundation. It stands for American Gamebird Research Education and Development.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New Signs Help Visitors Understand Wetlands Restoration In Lower Ninth Ward

John Taylor is caretaker of the Bayou Bienvenue viewing platform, which offers a vantage point to see projects designed to restore wetlands that once filled the area, but that are now open water.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Officials dedicate interactive signs at Bayou Bienvenue viewing platform.

A viewing platform on the edge of the Lower Ninth Ward can now offer visitors a chance to see the damage done to wetlands by saltwater intrusion. They can also watch through new interactive signs as restoration projects try to repair the damage at Bayou Bienvenue.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Environmental Group Seeks Safety Improvements At Refineries

An oil refinery in Chalmette, La.
Pattie Steib Shutterstock

Louisiana Bucket Brigade report criticized by oil and gas group.

Environmental activists in the Louisiana Bucket Brigade say accidents at Louisiana’s refineries and chemical plants average about six a week. The group is calling for more safety measures.

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The Lens
7:29 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

For Strengthening Levees, Bermuda Grass Is Hard To Beat

Bermuda grass is considered ideal grass for armoring local levees because its dense root mass holds soils and it grows well in the local climate.
Bob Marshall The Lens

The idea that grass can armor anything is hard to believe.

But on a recent visit to the Lake Pontchartrain levee, LSU agronomist Jeff Beasley explained how plain old, garden variety grass has earned a reputation with the US Army Corps of Engineers as one of the best armoring materials to keep the huge mud walls of a levee from collapsing during a storm.

"You know how we reinforce concrete with rebar?" says Beasley. "We can do the same with these levees."

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12:24 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Losing Louisiana

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This special multimedia feature — from The Weather Channel and New Orleans-based reporter Katy Reckdahl and photographer Kathleen Flynn — examines how and why the Louisiana coast is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico, largely through the eyes of the people living there.
Because of a slow-moving disaster caused by sinking land, climate change and oil exploration, Louisiana's coastal families must choose between leaving their homes for higher ground or staying where generations of their families lived, on land so precarious the next hurricane could wash them away.
The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
7:45 am
Mon November 4, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Diversions?

New Orleans' levee board is suing energy companies for damaging the Mississippi River delta by cutting canals through the marshland. The canals let in sea water, which kills marshes, eroding the city's protective buffer against storms. A map of the delta.
Frank Relle

Anyone following the development of the Master Plan for the Louisiana coast knows that the central part of the plan is also its most controversial: large scale river diversions, opening the levees on the sides of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans to let the silt-carrying Mississippi out into these sinking deltas to begin rebuilding them.

But not everyone’s happy with that, because restoring the deltas to their former state means changing things from the way they’ve been for almost 70 years.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

BP Claims Settlement Heads To Appellate Court

BP says claims system is allowing fraud.

The BP oil spill claims agreement is heading back to a courtroom in New Orleans on Monday. The oil company says fraudulent claims are being paid.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Lawsuit Seeking More Review For Plaquemines Parish Coal Terminal

A lawsuit is filed to stop a third coal terminal for Myrtle Grove.

Some Plaquemines Parish residents and environmental groups are suing to stop a coal terminal proposed for Myrtle Grove. The state says the project should continue.

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

2013 Anba Dlo Water Symposium Initiates Public Dialogue

At the Anba Dlo conference, the complex issues of water supervision and management were discussed with the public. In the event of rising tides, wetlands would deteriorate.
Credit Army Corps of Engineers digital library

Many states suffer from a shortage of water, but not Louisiana — we’ve got a surplus. Problem is, we don’t know what to do with it. And as our coastline diminishes each year, the urgency to make a decision is pivotal.

Experts have been brainstorming about Louisiana’s relationship with water, and they recently congregated at the second annual Anba Dlo symposium to share their thoughts with the public. 

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