It's been 12 years since a major hurricane made landfall in the U.S., but the streak may come to an end this summer.
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.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
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.
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…