Wednesday, August 16, 2017
As Michigan grapples with a never-before-seen invasion of red swamp "crayfish" threatening cities' infrastructures and ecosystems, mudbug experts from Lafayette have organized a Cajun culture lesson delivered in the way only Louisianians know how …
Sunday, August 13, 2017
When scientists began noticing Roseau cane dying near the mouth of the Mississippi River last year, it took months to find the likely culprit. Eventually, they concluded that a tiny insect known as the Roseau cane scale had made its way from Asia …
Saturday, August 12, 2017
A class action lawsuit filed decades ago that argued the state built Interstate 12 in such a way as to exacerbate flooding in the Florida parishes led to a $91.8 million damage award.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Ascension Parish residents Ben and Ashley Toman should be in Casper, Wyoming, or possibly at Carhenge in tiny Alliance, Nebraska, on Aug. 21 when the sun starts to disappear behind the moon — with prime viewing there shortly before 11:30 a.m. Cent…
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
CONVENT — St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel pledged Wednesday to "review every possibility" to create an alternative evacuation route for residents worried about industrial development encroaching on the parish's rural west bank.
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. forecasters say an Atlantic hurricane season that started off strong shows no signs of slowing down.
Monday, August 07, 2017
ST. JAMES — The proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline takes another step on its long regulatory path this week as the St. James Parish Council is expected to decide on the land use approval for the final leg of the controversial 162-mile crude oil line.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Even when floodwater began to seep under the back door and Sandra Winfrey broke out the mop and towels, she didn’t really think her house was at risk.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
A former environmental engineer for East Baton Rouge Parish warns that Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's tax proposal for expanded streets and other road improvements may strain an inadequate drainage system.
Monday, July 31, 2017
As reconstruction began after the August floods, one of the most pressing tasks was determining which property owners, under federal flood insurance program rules, would have to elevate damaged homes.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
PLAQUEMINE — Officials are digging into what caused a pipe at Shintech’s Iberville Parish facility to rupture Saturday afternoon and briefly spew harmful chemicals.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
An operator at ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery whose disassembly of a pipe valve triggered a fireball that severely injured four workers was following "accepted practice" in stripping down the malfunctioning valve, the Chemical Safety Board said…
There is one reported case of a person contracting West Nile virus in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in Livingston Parish so far this year, as well as four more cases across the state, according to a Louisiana Department of Health report released…
The tap water in one Lafayette Parish neighborhood is still contaminated with unlawful levels of arsenic as Lakeview Estates residents wait for a new parish line to to provide cleaner water.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
To protect lower- and middle-income families from floods, the federal government needs to flip the way it operates flood insurance, according to a study released Wednesday.
The Environmental Protection Agency is breaking the law by stalling the enforcement of a chemical safety rule intended to protect plant workers, first-responders and people who live near facilities that store hazardous materials, according to a la…
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Mark Benfield peered into the tea-colored water inside the specimen jar. Skimming the Mississippi River near LSU produced the usual results — pollen, twigs, kernels of corn.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Researchers have collected reams of data since last summer's flood, and now LSU has assembled a group of academics and professionals it believes can translate that information into new policies for political leaders.
ExxonMobil is contesting fines of nearly $165,000 from federal safety regulators stemming from an explosion at the corporation's Baton Rouge refinery that sent four workers to a hospital burn unit.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Four generations of the Olander family have shrimped the coast of Louisiana, but now Thomas Olander, chairman of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, is trying to convince his own son to get out of the family business while he's still young as the Mi…
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Louisiana homeowners have billions of dollars on the line — $13.2 billion to be exact — if climate change continues to push sea levels up, according to real estate economists.
Friday, July 14, 2017
East Baton Rouge began the complex process Friday of distributing its share of more than a quarter-billion dollars the state of Louisiana stands to receive to improve infrastructure following the August flood, with the city-parish government launc…
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that land loss in Louisiana has slowed from the often-cited rate of a football field of land every hour to a football field every 100 minutes.
Brian Coleman stood outside his house in Centurion Place off O'Neal Lane where he's stacked ruined drywall and flooring and other detritus soaked by last summer's flood.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
NEW ROADS — Homeowners along False River will have to adhere to new parish regulations if they want to build retaining walls and erosion prevention structures to protect their properties along the oxbow lake.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Long before the first European explorers set foot on the Louisiana coast, residents of what is now the Netherlands already were dealing with problems caused by high water and low land elevation.
Charles "Chip" Groat, founder and former head of the Water Institute of the Gulf, has been named acting director of the Louisiana Geological Survey and will also serve as a professor, according to the LSU Center for Energy Studies.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
MIAMI (AP) — A new tropical depression is moving across the Atlantic but isn't expected to become a tropical storm.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
A Vermilion Parish government lawsuit blaming wetlands loss on exploration canals and waste disposal pits left after decades of oil and gas drilling must be heard in state court, a federal magistrate in Lafayette has found.
Monday, July 03, 2017
As controversy continues to swirl around a LaPlace chemical plant that has been cited for emitting high levels of chloroprene into the air, 13 St. John the Baptist Parish residents have filed a lawsuit against the facility's current and previous o…
The Capital Area Groundwater Commission had a feisty, three-hour meeting Monday morning, the first full gathering since it came under increased scrutiny from the state.
Saturday, July 01, 2017
As the water supply under Baton Rouge slowly fills with salt, some officials have called on companies like ExxonMobil and Georgia Pacific to stop tapping the aquifer for industrial uses, depleting the supply.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Tropical Storm Cindy didn't dump nearly as much rain on south Louisiana as forecasters said it might, but that didn't stop June 2017 from ranking as one of the wettest on record.
The Walton Family Foundation will provide $15 million over two years to support restoration projects, including the state's Coastal Master Plan, designed to "stem the devastating land loss crippling the coast of Louisiana."
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Tropical Storm Cindy may have been a flop in much of southern Louisiana, but it continued to pose a serious danger Thursday to the coastal communities of Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The expected wallop from Tropical Storm Cindy mostly failed to materialize in Louisiana on Wednesday, as the storm sucked in a patch of dry air that helped break up the bands of rain sweeping over the southern part of the state.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal scientists say this summer could see the third-largest dead zone ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico: a New Jersey-sized area with too little oxygen to support marine life.
Along with powerful winds and rain, Tropical Storm Cindy brings with it a danger of tornadoes, according to forecasts.
Residents from Florida to Texas braced Tuesday night for the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Cindy, which threatened to bring high winds and as much as a foot of rain to a large area of Louisiana.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The sprawling Noranda Alumina complex near Gramercy has been treated for years by state and federal environmental regulators as a minor source when it comes to toxic and hazardous air pollutants.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
A new report says Louisiana is sinking at the rate of about one-third of an inch per year, according to a story in the Washington Post.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Louisiana is on track to receive at least $8.7 billion from BP over the next 15 years for coastal restoration efforts, a move that will create thousands of jobs and protect important industries such as fisheries, ports and energy.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
When East Baton Rouge received federal grant money to help poor people, the government instead spent hundreds of thousands of dollars building a bike path along the Mississippi River levee.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sunday, June 04, 2017
PRAIRIEVILLE — As a new fire station on Bluff Road in Ascension Parish goes up, a nearby 50-year-old live oak tree damaged during construction may be coming down.