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…
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
New Orleans officials and FEMA representatives will hold a workshop Thursday to discuss the new flood insurance rate maps for the city.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
With $100 million a year payments looming to repay the federal government for the state's share of the cost of the stronger post-Katrina New Orleans levee system, the state is trying to sell the idea that billions of dollars in coastal restoration…
Monday, September 12, 2016
Officials from New Orleans and the Rockefeller Foundation on Monday celebrated the first anniversary of the release of the city's Resilience Strategy by touting the importance of public-private partnerships in the effort to better prepare for disasters.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Two former members of a New Orleans-area levee board who strongly backed a controversial lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies will not be returning to their old positions anytime soon after a nominating committee passed over them Wednesday.
Monday, September 05, 2016
Jefferson Parish is seeking public comment on its plan to use millions of dollars in federal RESTORE Act money on coastal restoration and protection projects, the first of which will be to complete a protective barrier around Grand Isle.
Two commissioners who led a New Orleans-area levee board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies and were then ousted from the board by former Gov. Bobby Jindal are looking to get their old positions back.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
CEDAR KEY, Fla. (AP) — People on Florida's Gulf Coast put up shutters, nailed plywood across storefronts and braced Thursday for Tropical Storm Hermine, which the state's governor called potentially life-threatening as forecasters said it could st…
Sunday, August 28, 2016
In one satellite photograph, bright green pixels mark much of the ground in eastern New Orleans, sprawled south of Lake Pontchartrain and far east of the Industrial Canal.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
As Louisiana coastal advocates lobbied Congress to have shares of BP fines and offshore mineral royalties dedicated to the state’s coastal-preservation effort, they knew they had to play a balancing act with coastal parishes.
Friday, August 26, 2016
The Mandeville City Council on Thursday adopted operating and capital budgets for the fiscal year that begins Sept. 1 — 140 pages that document how more than $45 million will be spent — but it was a much smaller number, $2.5 million, that was a st…
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The city began construction Wednesday on a $1.8 million project designed to make it easier and more inviting for people to walk and bike on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
On the one hand, the historic flood that has wreaked havoc on south Louisiana this month hasn’t really fazed Jonetta Bennett.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
The LSU Earth Scan Laboratory has produced this animation, portraying cloud top temperatures through the life of the storm. Lower cloud-top temperatures are topically associated with greater rainfall.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last year finished raising the height of almost two miles of levee along the Mississippi River in Uptown New Orleans by 1 to 3 feet, the engineers left a bit of a gap.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Saturday, August 06, 2016
If you glance down the largely smooth blocks of Brittany Court in Village de L’Est, you probably wouldn’t guess that this section of New Orleans East has many crumbling streets.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Monday, August 01, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
A federal judge has appointed a mediator to resolve a lawsuit filed against the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board on behalf of more than 200 Uptown property owners who say the work on a massive federal drainage project has damaged their homes…
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Health leaders and elected officials made a plea Thursday for Congress to approve emergency funding for Zika response before leaving for summer recess in a week.
Friday, July 01, 2016
The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season should be slightly busier than earlier predicted, according to the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project, which upped the number of anticipated tropical storms by one.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
With the deadline for public comment approaching, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was in Baton Rouge this week to explain and take comments about a plan to get environmental justice concerns better included in federal work.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Standing under a drilling apparatus reaching nearly 200 feet into the air, Helis Oil & Gas Co. project manager Mike Barham said Monday the company could start drilling its controversial St. Tammany Parish well as early as Wednesday.
As families pack up the car with coolers, blankets, food and fishing poles for a fun-filled time along the coast, there’s one more thing that should be checked before heading to the beach — health advisories.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
After 10 years as a Navy pilot, Capt. Michael Silah wasn’t ready to quit flying. He applied to be a pilot for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and never looked back.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Global climate change has helped warm the waters of the Mississippi River and, as a result, extend the growing season along the delta by more than two weeks longer than in 1983, according to a newly published study from Louisiana researchers.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The weather conditions that led to widespread flooding in Houston on Monday isn’t heading toward Baton Rouge, and while there is some rain in the expected for later in the week, forecasters are predicting mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures f…
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
ISLE DE JEAN CHARLESLooking out from the house he built in 1959 with lumber brought by boat to this island at the south end of Terrebonne Parish, Wenceslaus Billiot remembers when the view from his back porch was thick forest and solid marsh.Now t…
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Called a waste of the state’s time by some and a great opportunity to help Louisiana’s poor by others, the state is forging ahead to develop a strategy to meet the federal Clean Power Plan.
Friday, April 01, 2016
The $450 million spent on repairing levees locally after the 2011 Mississippi River flood has paid dividends this year, allowing the 2016 winter flood to come and go with little damage expected, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Policy changes, such as a tax on greenhouse gas releases — something already paid by 1.6 billion people in the world, are needed to combat the rise in global temperature, an economist said during a Monday conference in New Orleans.