As temperatures rise in midsummer, so do concerns over the threat posed by the West Nile virus at this time of year.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The chemical company at the center of a controversy over air pollution in St. John the Baptist Parish is digging in against residents who are demanding it take more drastic steps to curb emissions of a likely carcinogen called chloroprene.
The massive amount of infrastructure work expected in New Orleans in coming years could shake loose lead that will find its way into water pipes, and the Sewerage & Water Board needs to do more to ensure residents are not in danger, according …
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…
The day when a cyclist can hop on the Tammany Trace in downtown Covington and ride all the way to Slidell's Heritage Park hasn't arrived yet, but the long-sought goal is slowly getting closer, thanks to a federal grant that will allow Slidell to c…
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
The dusky gopher frog is an unimpressive-looking little creature: small, shy, covered with warts and facing likely extinction unless its habitat can be expanded.
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.
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.
Friday, July 07, 2017
Mayor Mitch Landrieu unveiled a plan Friday to cut New Orleans’ greenhouse gas emissions by half over 13 years — an effort to combat at the local level what he called the “existential threat” of climate change and to jump-start a wave of new jobs …
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Squirt, an 11-month old turtle raised by a team of volunteers, flailed its legs in the air as it was lowered into the marshes off a barrier island near Grand Isle.
The state has added 1,777 acres of West Bank wetlands on the west side of the St. Charles Parish-Jefferson Parish line to the Salvador Wildlife Management Area in a deal made possible by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited.
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…
Friday, June 30, 2017
Tropical Storm Cindy didn't dump nearly as much rain on south Louisiana as forecasters said it might, but that didn't stop June 2017 from ranking as one of the wettest on record.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
After sending investigators into the Denka Performance Elastomer plant for five days last year to find out why it was discharging troubling amounts of chloroprene into the air, the Environmental Protection Agency has found that the LaPlace chemica…
Saturday, June 24, 2017
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.
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.
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
Update: June 26, 2017, 2:30 p.m: Jefferson Parish has rescheduled its grand opening of Parc des Familles for Friday, June 30 at 5:45 p.m. It had been postponed due to Tropical Storm Cindy.
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.