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.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
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.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
The latest dirt in Plaquemines Parish politics can be found packed into a six-mile stretch of newly raised "back levee" that runs from Braithwaite to Scarsdale.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
For several years, people in the coastal restoration community have debated whether the state should rebuild its sinking, crumbling wetlands with massive diversions of river water or by dredging and pumping mud from the river into marshes.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The state agency in charge of coastal restoration has formally requested that Louisiana's congressional delegation ask the federal government to forgive the $1.6 billion Louisiana owes toward for the construction of hurricane defenses around the N…
Friday, September 30, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed six new members to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, keeping two sitting commissioners in place.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
New government flood maps go into effect for New Orleans on Friday, bringing with them lower rates for more than half the properties in the city.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
As many as 4,000 homeowners in St. Charles Parish may be eligible for a dramatic reduction in flood insurance rates that would lower their bills by hundreds of dollars a year, according to FEMA and parish officials.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
With billions of dollars in coastal restoration projects in the works, the state would like to see a little give from the federal government by forgiving a $1.6 billion cost share for the New Orleans area levee work after Hurricane Katrina.
Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to step up the fight to win damages from oil and gas companies for their role in damaging Louisiana's wetlands over many decades, saying Wednesday that he wants all coastal parishes to join in litigation against the ene…
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Louisiana health officials and St. Tammany Parish leaders are urging residents and visitors to avoid the Bogue Chitto River after approximately 6 million gallons of stormwater-diluted sewage spilled into it upriver in Brookhaven, Mississippi.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Seeking to build on its work to combat the land loss and rising sea levels that are plaguing Louisiana, Tulane University has launched a riverfront institute to house researchers dedicated to studying and protecting Louisiana's waterways and coast.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
One of Jefferson Parish's biggest landowners recently sold more than 1,000 acres to a West Bank levee board, which intends to plant trees on the property to make up for those uprooted by recent projects aimed at fortifying the area's hurricane pro…
An air permit approved last year for the Yuhuang Chemical Inc. plant in St. James Parish has been sent back to the state for more work after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed with environmental groups that the permit is not up to par.
After St. John the Baptist Parish spent $30,000 to secure a permit for cleaning debris on its west bank canals, the work was never done, according to a report.