Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Loss of coastal land could cost Louisiana hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 50 years if nothing is done to stave off erosion and build new land, according to a study released Wednesday by the LSU Economics and Policy Research Group.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle calls Elmer's Island beach, just to the west of Grand Isle, the greatest fishing spot in the world.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, a huge land-building project that is a top priority of the state's coastal authority, is not expected to be permitted until October 2022, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official told the authority's board Wednesday.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Louisiana's sinking coastal marshes face a net sea-level rise of about a half-inch per year, four times the global average, according to a study published Tuesday by Tulane University scientists.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Abbot Justin Brown paused outside St. Joseph Abbey's main monastery building recently to point out two marks on an exterior wall. One shows how high the Bogue Falaya River rose in a 1920s-era flood. The other mark is higher. It shows the river's l…
A long-anticipated plan to make St. Charles Parish more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly may soon become a reality, thanks to a master plan in the works that will call for more bike lanes and safer crosswalks.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
It took the Mississippi River thousands of years to build the delta that is south Louisiana. But in less than a century, nearly 2,000 square miles of that land have been lost.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Donald Trump to fast-track five coastal projects that he says will benefit not only Louisiana but the entire country, especially the energy and transportation industries.
Friday, March 03, 2017
A federal appeals court on Friday refused to revive a Louisiana levee board's lawsuit blaming dozens of oil and gas companies for damage to the state's fragile coast.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Southern Louisiana just experienced the warmest February in history, with the average temperatures in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette breaking record highs for the month, according to the National Weather Service.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
When asked to list the major hurdles facing Louisiana’s 50-year plan to rebuild its coast, state officials have pointed to a menu of truly massive challenges, from rapidly rising seas to finding the money for the $92 billion effort.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
A Houston-based company was ordered to pay $9.5 million in fines for falsely reporting that its workers had inspected offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and for its role in an explosion off the coast of Grand Isle in 2012 that killed three …
Sunday, February 19, 2017
When the news broke that Louisiana would have to wait at least 2½ years to get federal permits for a critical sediment diversion, many people in the coastal restoration community were shocked.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards had both good news and bad news for those who gathered Thursday to discuss Louisiana's shrinking coastline.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
President Donald Trump on Saturday approved a federal disaster declaration for Orleans and Livingston parishes following powerful tornadoes that devastated New Orleans East and Watson on Tuesday.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Opponents of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline are holding up Thursday night's fire on a natural gas line in St. Charles Parish as evidence of the danger pipelines pose, but regulators note that comparing the two are like "apples and oranges."
This map via Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources shows the state's pipeline and platform infrastructure.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister declared a parishwide emergency Tuesday evening in response to severe weather earlier in the day.
Latest estimates indicate 300 properties were severely damaged and 33 people were injured by Tuesday's tornado in New Orleans East, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a news conference Wednesday.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
How could a potential $3.8 million budget cut to the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority end up costing $8 million?
Friday, January 27, 2017
Work on a $10.6 million drainage project that St. Tammany Parish officials say will reduce flooding for about 9,000 residents northeast of Slidell will begin this summer with construction of a 54-acre regional detention pond north of Gateway Drive…
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Louisiana’s coastal authority began rolling out its new 50-year master plan Tuesday, drawing plaudits for the plan's readability and science but catching flak for endorsing projects that some worry will harm fishermen or coastal communities.
Monday, January 09, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will be able to make up for lost electricity generation after the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant shuts down in 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, announcing a deal between state officials and plant-owner Ente…
Saturday, January 07, 2017
Anthony Caronia says that if he had known what the future held for Louisiana’s coast, he would not have built his family’s home on Avery Drive southeast of Slidell. But even after Hurricane Katrina washed away his house in 2005, he rebuilt on the …
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Four offshore oil workers were forced into a life raft to evacuate a production platform fire early Thursday about 80 miles southwest of Grand Isle, authorities said.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
For 10 years, Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan has represented the state’s vision for preventing its bottom third from being consumed by the Gulf of Mexico.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
East bank residents of the River Parishes are a step closer to getting a new federal levee protecting them against floodwaters from Lake Pontchartrain — a project more than 40 years in the making that took on new urgency after the inundations brou…
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Some like to do it immediately after Christmas. Others wait until after New Year's Day or Epiphany. But whenever you take down your Christmas tree, if you wait until the second week of January to haul it to the curb, your tree can be put to use in…
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Like many Louisiana coastal residents, the Native Americans of Grand Bayou have seen the landscape surrounding their community collapse over the past 50 years.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
A chemical plant in LaPlace that has routinely discharged an air pollutant that the Environmental Protection Agency now says is "likely" to cause cancer has agreed to try to cut its emissions by 85 percent by the end of next year.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Living in southern Louisiana without flood insurance is an even bigger gamble after this news from researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research: If the climate continues to warm, the big thunderstorms that cause flash flooding proba…
Friday, December 16, 2016
St. Tammany Parish will get nearly $4 million from FEMA to reduce the risk of flooding — a grant stemming from the unprecedented inundations that took place this spring after heavy rain pushed rivers over their banks and caused hundreds of homes t…
Monday, December 12, 2016
A long-running debate over whether Entergy New Orleans should build a $216 million new power plant in New Orleans East, which has morphed into a wider dispute over the future of energy generation in New Orleans, played out again in the City Counci…
More than 240 trees will be planted across New Orleans in December as part of the city’s continuing effort to revive green spaces destroyed by storms in recent years, city officials said.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
St. Charles Parish is in line to receive a low-interest $8 million loan from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality that will be used starting next year to rehabilitate the parish's sewer system, officials said last week.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes are among the areas that account for most of the repeat claims for federal disaster assistance, and residents of those communities will face pressure to abandon them in the years to come.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
East bank flood protection authorities have approved three contracts worth more than $5 million to raise the height of the earthen levees along Lake Pontchartrain in Kenner and Metairie.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA shows the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 not only caused widespread damage to Louisiana’s already shrinking wetlands but also speeded up erosion since then.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Crews will soon begin work on an 800-foot stretch of earthen levee near Bayou Segnette in Westwego, raising a crucial section by 3 feet to counteract the natural subsidence that has occurred in recent years.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
A new fellowship program organized by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Tulane University’s ByWater Institute aims to bolster disaster response efforts in Louisiana's coastal parishes.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
John Price is a Louisiana rancher. But instead of hooves and horns, his livestock have scales and claws, and sometimes they put their food into what's known as a "death roll."
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Since engineers first proposed diverting sediment-laden water from the Mississippi River to rebuild Louisiana’s sinking coast, they have held firm to this axiom: The more water that moves through a diversion, the more land-building sediment that f…
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Audubon Zoo visitors got to see the recently born litter of African painted dogs Tuesday when the puppies ventured outside their den for the first time.
Friday, October 28, 2016
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge has ruled a group of attorneys will divide $555.2 million for their work on behalf of people and businesses who suffered economic damages because of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.