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.
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.
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.
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 theGreenbuild Conference and Expo, as visitors from around the world will share ideas on how to plan for the future using green technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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"
The US Treasury Department announced yesterday that Gulf Coast state and local governments can finally submit proposals and apply for RESTORE Act funds. This opens up grants to support communities impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Some of the $653 million in civil penalties that came out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are now available. 35 percent of that money will be divided equally among the five states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 20 coastal parishes in Louisiana qualify for the funds.