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7:43 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Oil Lease Sale In New Orleans Draws Big Bids For Gulf Of Mexico

No masks, no costumes at the auction of leases for offshore drilling.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the western Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development.

U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management official Michael Celata says yesterday's sales, if approved, will bring in about $110 million.

Celata says deep-water tracts drew the highest bids.

Conoco Phillips paid about $61 million for a single tract in the ultra-deep-water Alaminos Canyon area.

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Red River Radio
9:47 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Louisiana and Texas scientists run bait experiments to kill feral hogs

Feral hogs trapped at the LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones Idlewild Research Station near Clinton are part of Glen Gentry's project on sodium nitrite tainted bait.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:55 pm

A lethal gummy bear is the latest weapon in the ongoing research to develop a reliable control for the feral hog population in the U.S.

LSU AgCenter animal science researcher Glen Gentry is developing baits laced with sodium nitrite that are masked with different flavors that pigs are attracted to – like strawberry.

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Coastal Desk
11:31 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Coastal Rundown: Dr. John Lopez, Mr. Charlie And New Orleans To Venice

Dr. John Lopez with a crab trap.
Credit Frank Relle

MEET: Dr. John Lopez (the other Dr. John)

Dr. Lopez is a coastal scientist and the Director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Coastal Sustainability Program. Before this he worked in the oil and gas industry, as well as a stint with the Army Corps of Engineers, where he handled project assignments under the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act.

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Environment
11:20 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Wax Lake Outlet: Just About The Greenest Accidental Delta You Ever Saw

Waterlillies bloom in the Wax Lake Delta.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

Those who have been lucky enough to travel to the Wax Lake Delta are prone to gush about it. Just ask Ben Weber, who leads trips to the area as an outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation.

From above one can see how the lush, green Delta has spread out into the Gulf over time, a bit of an outlier in a region now more used to seeing coastal land retreat due to sea level rise and erosion.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Army Corps of Engineers Moves Forward On Upgraded Storm Protection System For New Orleans

17th Street Canal storm protection system being built by Army Corps of Engineers along Lake Pontchartrain.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

The Army Corps of Engineers is getting closer to completing new storm protection at the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue canals.

The $615 million system is scheduled to be done in less than three years. Its permanent structures will reduce risk of 100-year level storm surges in New Orleans.

Lieutenant Colonel Austin Appleton is the Army Corps Deputy Commander for the New Orleans District. “What this is doing is pushing the defense of the storm surge to the edge of the city," he says. "Prior, the defense was the interior walls of the canal.”

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Latest News
7:57 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Treasury Department Releases Plan To Handle BP Fines

The U.S. Treasury Department has set out 97 pages of rules for investing and allocating money that BP PLC and other defendants will pay in Clean Water Act fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010.

The rules released yesterday formally set up a trust fund for money that state and local governments will get under the RESTORE Act and procedures for getting that money.

The total is expected to be billions of dollars, but nobody knows what it will be.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has scheduled the third of three trials on the question in January.

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Red River Radio
9:27 am
Tue August 12, 2014

'Smart' irrigation techniques slowly catch on in Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter's Naveen Adusumilli holds a doctorate in agricultural economics, and is working with Louisiana farmers to implement smart irrigation practices.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:25 pm

Three new water experts have joined the research staff at LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

Economist Naveen Adusumilli is crunching the numbers on how smart irrigation techniques can benefit Louisiana farmers. He wants them to rethink how they irrigate their land and introduce them to soil moisture sensors and bookkeeping strategies that would reduce the amount of water they use on their crops and put more money in their wallet.

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Latest News
7:58 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Oyster Population Plunging Along Gulf Coast

Oysters.
Credit Deyan Georgiev / Shutterstock.com

The oyster population along the Gulf Coast is dropping dramatically.

Thousands of beds are producing less than a third of the crop recorded before the BP oil spill four years ago.

Experts are now studying whether the spill is connected to the spill.

Oysters had been in trouble before the spill. They had been hit by hurricanes, overfishing and two straight years of damaging fresh water.

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Coastal Desk
4:21 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Follow Along With The Coastal Desk's 'Vanishing Coast' Tour Of Chauvin

The Vanishing Points Map
Credit Vanishing Points / Wetlands Discovery Center

WWNO’s Coastal Desk is heading to Chauvin, Louisiana to visit some sites that are in danger of being washed out by coastal erosion and sea level rise. After visiting the working coast camp in Houma last month, Laine Kaplan-Levenson learned of the Wetlands Discovery Center’s Vanishing Points project. This online mapping tool identifies and tells the stories of various locations that are at risk of disappearing.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Plaquemines Parish Joins With Army Corps To Turn Dredged Sediment Into Marshland

Louisiana Coastal Area Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Program
Credit Plaquemines Parish

Plaquemines Parish officials are partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers on a new coastal dredging initiative.

The plan is to use sediment dredged from the Mississippi River shipping channel to create 300 to 600 acres of marsh habitat. This will help create a natural buffer against storm surge.

Colonel Rick Hansen is commander of the New Orleans District office of the Army Corps of Engineers.

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