This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana's coast is becoming big business.
Here are some of the people who stand to benefit.
Deep in St. Bernard Parish’s Lake Athanasio, a construction crew is hard at work. Ben Leblanc is standing on a floating barge, overseeing his troops who are knee deep in marsh, battling enormous horse flies.
A consortium of environmental and industry stakeholders are making concrete reefs on the Gulf Coast in an attempt to create new oyster habitats. The Lake Athanasio project covers a half a mile of St. Bernard Parish coastline, and seeks to satisfy coastal restoration and commercial interests by giving oysters a sustainable habitat to mature.
Tyler Ortego developed the engineering concept behind the artificial reefs.
Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 9:32 am
A 4-year-old child who died of a rare brain infection in early August has led Louisiana health officials to discover that the cause is lurking in the water pipes of St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans.
Two men have been charged with negligent homicide in St. Bernard Parish after a man who lived with them in Chalmette allegedly died Dec. 10 of a drug overdose due to their inaction.
Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann tells The Times-Picayune that Andrew Brady, 22, and Gregg Sampson, 52, allegedly fell asleep instead of immediately reporting that the unidentified man was overdosing at their home.