An East Baton Rouge metro council member is calling for a six-month moratorium on new construction in high-risk floodplains until the city-parish can tighten its building ordinances.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Louisiana parishes prepared to put up some money of their own for coastal restoration projects could get financial help from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
Winding from one corner of the warehouse to the other, the trough of the Mississippi River dominates the gigantic but still dry model of southeast Louisiana.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
In six weeks, the group in charge of the aquifer that serves as Baton Rouge's water supply is due to present a report to the state; what they'll turn over remains to be seen.
A team of scientists from LSU, NASA and Hampton University have come up with a new concept of how the surfaces of rocky planets like Earth are formed.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Though they were unhappy to essentially sign the death warrant for an old live oak tree, the parish Planning Commission on Monday waved through a new subdivision in the Inniswold area.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
When a Baton Rouge resident asks the city-parish to clear a ditch, haul debris from a canal or fix the eroding bank of a bayou, they may face a wait, if their call is ever answered at all.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Newtron Group and founder Newton B. Thomas have committed $1.5 million to the Water Campus, a 35-acre science campus on the riverfront downtown.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
In the future, new houses in Baton Rouge may need to be built higher, new neighborhoods could face additional drainage requirements, and construction of all types might have to allocate more green spaces.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
A three-way argument has broken out among the owners of an industrial waste site in the Alsen community north of Baton Rouge, a local nonprofit and residents of the area.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
If Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the continental United States as a Category 5 hurricane, it will be only the fourth time such a powerful storm has smashed into the mainland since modern record-keeping began.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
As the National Flood Insurance Program heads toward insolvency, Congress must weigh whether and how to reauthorize the program and settle its $24.6 billion debt, which is expected to swell once Hurricane Harvey claims start pouring in.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
A plan to reforest areas along the Louisiana-Texas border — already in the works before Hurricane Harvey's arrival — is expected to help nature recover from the blow dealt by the storm.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
As Tropical Storm Harvey rolls through Louisiana during the beginning of the state’s alligator hunting season, state wildlife officials say the storm won't delay the opening, but may cause a dip in the harvest during the first days of the 30-day season.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
VACHERIE — A split St. James Parish Council cleared the way Wednesday night for the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline to move through the parish amid opposition from west bank residents over continued industrial development and some calls for bu…
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…