Armed with pitchforks, Stacy McGaha and Pat Willging climbed into a canoe Saturday, ready to do battle with an invasive plant growing along the edges of upper Bayou St. John, not far from Lake Pontchartrain.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Residents along Louisiana's coast in Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes breathed a little easier Friday as the tides pushed inland by winds from Tropical Storm Cindy this week finally began to recede and thoughts turned to getting rea…
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.
The dryer air that has held Cindy down will prevent it from strengthening but won't stop feeder bands from potentially pummeling the area, according to WWL Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo.
A tornado warning has been passed without incident in the Manchac area of Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. The warning covered parts of Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. John parishes.
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.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and a parade of officials spoke to address storm preparations ahead of tropical weather churning toward Louisiana's coast.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The history of Parc des Familles, often billed as the West Bank’s answer to Lafreniere Park on Jefferson Parish's east bank, is one of fits and starts.
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
Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan and St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister stood in front of the W-15 drainage canal Wednesday morning, watching as a backhoe scooped earth from its shady banks behind the New Country Club subdivision.
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.
Sunday, June 04, 2017
With an above average hurricane season predicted, the lack of leadership at two agencies responsible for protecting the United States' coast lines should be a sobering thought, said a widely admired general who led the military’s response to Hurri…
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.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Covington officials don't want to wait for a study before beginning to clear obstructions from three western St. Tammany rivers, and they are asking state legislators to make sure a bill amending the Scenic Rivers Act includes provisions that woul…
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
State Sen. Sharon Hewitt says she was responding to her constituents' concerns about flooding when she added four St. Tammany Parish rivers to proposed legislation that would allow dredging, "desnagging" and clearing on some of Louisiana's scenic rivers.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
With the Mississippi River water level rising, officials are putting in place additional precautions aimed at preventing anything that could undermine area levees.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
President Donald Trump's proposed budget would deal a huge blow to Louisiana's program for protecting and restoring its disappearing coast.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
It’s been over a year since researchers with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started monitoring the air near a LaPlace plant that for decades has produced a chemical classified in 2010 as a likely carcinogen.
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.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
It is attracting development, transforming unsightly terrain and helping to knit together some of the city's most diverse and historic neighborhoods.
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
In just 13 years, Abita Springs' elected and civic leaders hope to be able to say that everything in the town, from homes and businesses to public buildings and street lights, runs totally on renewable energy — something only a handful of places c…
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Officials from the state, Jefferson Parish and Grand Isle are scrambling to fix a half-mile stretch of beach and levee on the island's western end before hurricane season starts June 1, officials said.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Saying that oil and gas companies need to "clean up the mess" they've made, St. John the Baptist Parish has joined with five other parishes in suing oil and gas companies for damage to coastal areas.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Voters in St. John the Baptist Parish will go to the polls Saturday to elect a member of the Parish Council and decide on a tax that promises increased flood protection for the parish.
They can show up almost anywhere: a house under construction on the north shore. Inside a little girl’s bedroom in Broadmoor. Basking in the glow of a lamppost in Lakeview.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
In a Baton Rouge board room Wednesday morning, state officials were considering a 50-year plan to help fight land loss along Louisiana's coast. In another room a few blocks away, Gov. John Bel Edwards was declaring the situation an emergency.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Officials marked the beginning of construction Tuesday on a $2.6 million marina at Slidell's Heritage Park that will provide docking facilities with electricity and water for larger vessels as well as places for smaller boats to tie up and enjoy c…
Monday, April 17, 2017
A broken sewer line that was leaking untreated wastewater from Fontainebleau State Park into Bayou Castine near Mandeville has been repaired, Louisiana State Parks spokeswoman Sharon Broussard said Monday.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Officials have identified a broken sewage line from Fontainebleau State Park as the source of higher than normal fecal coliform bacteria counts in Bayou Castine, Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere said Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
A Motiva Enterprises investigation into the dramatic Aug. 11 fire at its St. James Parish oil refinery found the blaze resulted from a small valve failure that could not have been foreseen and prevented.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
In response to more than 100 recent complaints about the unpleasant taste and odor, apparently stemming from the chlorination of the town’s drinking water, Abita Springs Mayor Greg Lemons had an official of the Louisiana Department of Health addre…
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.