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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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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.

Community
10:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Water Symposium Offers Free Public Forum For Coastal Issues

The Water Symposium, October 18 at New Orleans Healing Center, explores future river navigation, among other water management topics for New Orleans and the region.
USDA

Saturday, October 18, the New Orleans Healing Center hosts its third annual Water Symposium, a daytime addition to the evening's Anba Dlo Halloween music, costume and arts festival.

The Water Symposium includes three panel discussions, from 12-4 p.m. at Café Istanbul. Topics include the future of Louisiana's coast, a look at the state's Master Plan and other large coastal engineering proposals, and a discussion of how to fund large coastal initiatives of any kind. The event is free and open to the public.

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Coastal Desk
9:29 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 2: Plaquemines Parish

Braithwaite, Louisiana, a town on the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

For the first 50 years of his life Donald Stokes lived happily in Braithwaite, a town of a few hundred residents in Plaquemines Parish. In 2006 he and his wife decided to leave.

Stokes says it was such a painful departure that it took him two years to actually complete the move. “Slowly but surely I put stuff on a trailer, came back, put stuff on a trailer, came back. It wasn't easy. It felt like I was uprooting my life.”

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Coastal Desk
9:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 1: Staten Island

A Hurricane Sandy damaged house in Staten Island scheduled for demolition.
Credit Elizabeth Rush

Low-lying coastal areas are the front lines for sea level rise, and increasingly frequent and destructive storms at sea. Hurricane Sandy proved it’s not just the South or the Gulf Coast at risk. Staten Island, one of New York City’s five boroughs, saw heavy flooding after Hurricane Sandy, which hit two years ago this month.

The way Eddie Perez tells it, the night of October 29, 2012 played out like one of those movies about the apocalypse. "About 7:55 I was watching the news and they said at 8 o’clock it was coming"

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