The capital area takes its drinking water so much for granted that some residents would rather leave a running hose in a leaky pool than repair the crack, would prefer to turn their sprinklers on a brick house to cool the masonry instead of turnin…
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
GRETNA — A panel of Louisiana appeals judges is considering whether the state's Department of Natural Resources did an adequate job vetting Bayou Bridge when pipeline builders proposed to put the terminal in St. James.
The maps that dictate how much south Louisianans pay for flood insurance could be redrawn, though Baton Rouge-area leaders have their doubts.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Central police and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are looking for the man who left a small, dead alligator at a Central car wash on Monday morning.
Corey Claude's construction crew spent Monday breaking up a concrete sidewalk in downtown New Orleans and trying desperately to stay cool.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Landowners fighting Bayou Bridge have fired back at the pipeline builders and challenged whether oil companies may seize private land generally, and whether Bayou Bridge in particular followed the law.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
ST. MARTINVILLE — The builders of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline agreed Monday to stay off some disputed land in St. Martin Parish, but say the decision will not hinder the effort to complete work by October. Environmentalists, meanwhile, say the day's…
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Over the past month, at least 13 people have been arrested under a new state law that increases criminal penalties for trespassing near pipelines, as protests targeting the controversial Bayou Bridge project continue in the swamps of St. Martin Parish.
Friday, September 07, 2018
Baton Rouge water experts will help Houston draw up plans to make the city more resilient to floods as residents there continue to recover from last year's Hurricane Harvey.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Louisiana officials declared an emergency, called out the National Guard, shuttered schools and closed courthouses as Tropical Storm Gordon drew near, but the weather system bucked east and left the Pelican State unscathed.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
East Baton Rouge Parish has hired a forensic engineer as it considers whether to sue Iberville Parish over its plan to erect inflatable temporary dams along Bayou Manchac, which separates the parishes.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
When Alsen residents go outside to barbecue, they've got to fend off flies the size of bumblebees, Brenda Chaney told Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality staff.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
DONALDSONVILLE — A state district that manages the diversion of Mississippi River water into Bayou Lafourche is edging closer to building a major component in a long-standing plan to increase fresh water flow down the historic bayou.
Roseau cane, a marsh grass that is a critical anchor in Louisiana's eroding coastal marshes and a popular camouflage for duck blinds, is dying off in the southeast corner of the state.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
A group of 80 volunteers banded together at BREC’s Blackwater Conservation Area Saturday to do battle with a stubbornly invasive plant invader that clogs many of Louisiana's waterways.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
VACHERIE — The St. James Parish Council hired a Gonzales engineering firm Wednesday to evaluate the possible alignments of a future evacuation route for west bank residents who live amid a growing industrial base.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Authorities have given a regional commission the go-ahead to drill test wells around downtown Baton Rouge in the region's ongoing fight to keep saltwater away from supplies of water used for drinking and industry.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Louisiana politicians are digging in their heels as Mississippi pursues plans for a new reservoir on the Pearl River they fear could harm the Bayou State's ecology.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
As the governor's office prepares to launch a new campaign promoting coastal restoration projects, environmental and financial professionals are asking the state to consider a new strategy to repair wetlands more quickly.
Monday, August 13, 2018
Computer modeling that indicated a tremendous amount of rain could fall on the Capital region two years ago this month seemed so out of line with anything that had happened before that forecasters dismissed the numbers rather than heed their warni…
Public school districts in East Baton Rouge and Lafayette parishes are among those qualifying for discounts on 142 cleaner-burning buses as part of a court settlement, state officials said Monday.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
DENHAM SPRINGS — On one end of Capitol Street, a local developer believes a dilapidated shopping mall can bounce back if he transforms it into a trampoline park with a brightly colored marquee. At the other end, patrons pack Randazzo’s Italian Mar…
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Baton Rouge has been awarded half a million dollars in federal money to buy a tire shredder after re-framing the equipment as one that would safeguard public health as well as address blight.
Saturday, August 04, 2018
The state wants Baton Rouge-area workers to consider carpooling to their jobs to get as many cars as possible off packed roads before another round of construction on Interstate 10 begins.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
With school safety having become a major concern, Belaire, McKinley and Scotlandville high schools as well as Sherwood Middle School are all having their entry areas redone over the next week, in time for when kids return Aug. 9 from summer break.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Ville Platte man for shooting a whooping crane in Evangeline Parish, the agency announced Thursday.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Though it's still about the size of Delaware, the so-called "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico is much smaller than researchers were expecting this year.
Friday, July 27, 2018
After many lean years, Louisiana's bald eagle population has clawed its way back from the brink, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Louisiana has seven new cases of the West Nile virus, double the number reported last week, state health officials said Monday.
Sunday, July 22, 2018
East Baton Rouge's new stormwater master plan report is unlikely to satisfy residents clambering for floodplain reform, though it does indicate the city-parish is ready to view disaster mitigation in a new way.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The vivid, colorful sunset on display in the Baton Rouge area Monday night was caused by dust blown across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert, a local meteorologist says.
Friday, July 13, 2018
After months of challenges, some in courtrooms and some at work sites, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is expected to be completed on time.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Garland Maxwell barricaded himself inside his Central home overnight, concerned about a big black bear sleeping just feet away.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Officials from a Mississippi flood-control district that wants to dam the Pearl River near Jackson will face two potentially tough audiences next month when they present an overview of a draft feasibility and environmental impact statement on the …
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Despite ongoing objections from parish leaders, state officials have begun conducting soil tests near the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, according to a statement Tuesday from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
DENHAM SPRINGS — Although grateful that politicians have found money to build the Comite River Diversion Canal and reduce the risk of flooding after heavy rains, some residents of the Amite River basin fear their leaders' promises of quick constru…
Friday, July 06, 2018
Cameron Parish is issuing $11.9 million in municipal high-risk bonds to replicate a successful breakwater built near the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, confident that payments under a new federal program will help it settle the debt over the next th…
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Plans to build a massive new levee system protecting parts of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes received a congressional OK for federal funding Thursday, the last major hurdle for a project that’s been in the works for nearly 40 years.
Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation announced full funding for the Comite River Diversion Canal on Thursday, calling it a "a major win" for communities that suffered through devastating floods in 1983 and 2016.
A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the U.S. government to settle a lawsuit over a 2016 oil spill that poured nearly 2,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, court records filed Thursday show.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
In a turnaround, forecasters now believe this year's hurricane season will be less destructive than they previously thought, and it may even be a below-average showing.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The hurricane risk to the United States has sharply decreased this season, with ocean conditions becoming less favorable for the storms' formation, according to a closely watched forecast released Monday.