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.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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.
Monday, July 10, 2017
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…
Monday, July 03, 2017
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.
Friday, June 02, 2017
The Louisiana House unanimously approved the state's 2017 Coastal Master Plan on Friday, paving the way for the latest five-year revision of the plan to go into effect.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish landlords with low-income tenants may begin to apply for a share of about $5.3 million in recovery funds, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office announced Thursday.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
An official of the Trump administration, which last week proposed a budget that would cut $420 million from Louisiana's coastal protection program over the next three years, has acknowledged the "negative impacts" that coastal loss has on local an…
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Two years ago, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation laid out a grand vision to transform the Baton Rouge Lakes into a tourist destination, but the plan has stalled.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Over a lunch of fish and grits Thursday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome addressed three of Baton Rouge's professional engineering organizations. She spoke of efforts to fill potholes and continue longstanding work on improving the parish's s…
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
NEW ROADS — The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Tuesday approved a drawdown schedule for False River which locks in place another human-induced manipulation of the lake's water level for later this year, and future drawdowns every three years …
President Donald Trump's proposed budget would deal a huge blow to Louisiana's program for protecting and restoring its disappearing coast.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget would slash offshore oil and gas royalties to Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama by $3.56 billion over the next decade, an idea that's bound to draw fierce opposition from the Gulf Coast states.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
It's been nearly 17 years since voters in parts of East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes agreed to shoulder a tax to help fund the yet-to-be built Comite River Diversion Canal that was meant to keep the river from spilling its banks …
Friday, May 19, 2017
Forecasters expect the Mississippi River to rise above 40 feet next week, although it doesn't pose the same threat as in 2011, when emergency measures were taken to divert the flow of water barreling downstream.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The state's 2017 coastal master plan, a 50-year agenda for helping to slow coastal land loss and limit damage from major storms, cleared the Louisiana Senate by an overwhelming vote Wednesday.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
A tiny bug with an enormous appetite has invaded the Louisiana marsh, and it is sucking the life out of vegetation that helps keep the state's fragile coast from further dissolving into the sea.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Several weeks after the state launched a survey to connect with flood-affected families, only a fraction of people from inundated areas have responded.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
GONZALES — Residents of a Gonzales street that has repeatedly flooded since its first houses were built in the mid-1980s — and which suffered the same fate in the August flood — may be eligible for a federal home buyout program that would transfor…
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Rising waters brought on by a weekend deluge across the Midwest are expected to send the Mississippi River into minor flood stage at Baton Rouge next week.