The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning stakeholders along the Morganza Spillway that it could be forced to open some of the structure's gates early next month because, based on current forecasts, the Mississippi River would overtop the spillw…
Environmentalists and activists arrested for protesting around the Bayou Bridge pipeline have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law passed last year that allows law enforcement to charge protesters a…
SORRENTO — Town officials say they want the East Ascension drainage board to clear more than 19 miles of roadside ditches and culverts, create a ditch maintenance schedule and share the operational details of the parish's major drainage infrastruc…
Roy Wright doesn't think Congress possesses the "political will" to reform the deeply indebted federal flood insurance program in which many south Louisiana families participate.
A contractor working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to start clearing land next month for the long-planned 18.5-mile West Shore levee project headed through St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes and part of St. James.
Jane and Sonny Bates sit on their side-by-side wooden rockers overlooking their serene back yard every day at 3 a.m., a time when most are still sound asleep.
The last time the Mississippi River was this high for this long, it prompted the federal government to build the modern levee system.
GONZALES — Facing public pressure to address the effects of the August 2016 flood, the Ascension Parish Council will expand limits on the use of dirt to raise homes in the parish's lowest areas while also requiring that homes and businesses be bui…
GONZALES — Ascension Parish government agreed Thursday to start exclusive negotiations with a private partnership involving former Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard to bring a long-sought regional sewage treatment system to the parish's east bank.
PRAIRIEVILLE — Activity is stirring anew at an old hazardous waste dump in Ascension Parish. Federal regulators believed 35 years ago that the site had been cleaned, but state officials are concerned it might not have been fully remediated.
DONALDSONVILLE — City residents aired concerns Tuesday about what effect a proposed 39% boost in residential water rates would have on the west bank community's poor and elderly, but some also acknowledged the need for upgrades to the old Peoples …
The local groundwater commission has failed to effectively regulate the aquifer beneath Baton Rouge, threatening further saltwater intrusion affecting the supply for industry and drinking water, state auditors wrote in a report released Monday.
The extent of storm-related damage to Greenwell Springs Road remained unknown Sunday as conditions have not yet allowed Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development crews to access the area.
On just the second day of May, homeowners in south Louisiana are already reporting swarms of Formosan subterranean termites.
PLAQUEMINE — With Shintech's new ethylene production facility set to start up processes this month in Iberville Parish, the plant will be conducting flaring operations over the next several weeks, the company said.
Gnats have been particularly nasty this season, so much so that the flying pests have killed chickens on farms across the Felicianas this spring.
Rising waters in the Mississippi River could require the Bonnet Carre Spillway to be reopened next month, which would the first time in history the nearly 90-year-old structure has been used twice in a single year.
DENHAM SPRINGS — With $3 million from Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking a fresh, three-year look at flood control and risk mitigation ideas for the Amite River and its tributaries in a river basin containing more than a half-mil…
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for new ideas and revisiting old ones to improve flood protection and reduce flood risk in the 3,450-square-mile Amite River Basin as part of a reboot of a long-standing feasibility study for the region.
WASHINGTON — Louisiana will get nearly $95 million for coastal protection and restoration efforts in the latest round of payments from the federal government’s Gulf energy royalties.
Two of three open houses to gather ideas for a future U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of the Amite River Basin, its flood risks and possible comprehensive fixes are planned Wednesday evening in Denham Springs and Clinton, agency officials said.
Mississippi authorities are blaming the Bonnet Carré spillway for the dead dolphins and turtles washing up on their shore, though Louisiana officials are contesting those claims, and federal scientists are withholding judgment until they know more.
Farms and industrial plants that discharge pollutants into Louisiana wetlands and waterways will soon have a new system to buy and sell pollution credits.
The Thermaldyne industrial recycling facility near Port Allen has opened for business despite several ongoing legal challenges.
Ascension Parish government is on the cusp of adopting new rules limiting the amount of dirt that can be used to raise homes and businesses in the flood plain.
The Environmental Protection Agency spread false information about toxic chemicals over the course of five years, the agency's Office of the Inspector General announced this week.
GONZALES — A draft of Ascension Parish's proposed comprehensive plan proposes a broader range of housing densities than is currently allowed by zoning and encourages new kinds of development types while forecasting new growth on the parish's rural…
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are using fake eggs to spy on whooping cranes in hopes of learning why some chicks die in the egg, while others hatch.
DONALDSONVILLE — From one point of view, the City Council and Mayor Leroy Sullivan could be said to be taking a "what have you done for me lately" approach to an ongoing land negotiation with the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District.
Honeybees flitted and spun around a bucket truck as a beekeeper tried to vacuum up the buzzing insects to save their lives.
A weak El Niño should allow for a relatively quiet hurricane season this year, according to Colorado State University scientists.
SORRENTO — FEMA has informed Ascension Parish government and area congressional officials that new flood insurance rate maps can proceed without controversial development restrictions along area waterways, a parish council member says.
Allergy sufferers can let out a sniffly cheer — this year's brutal pollen season seems to have peaked.
MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — Residents in six southeastern Louisiana parishes will get some relief from backwater flooding thanks to a new floodgate.
The operators of the Colonial Landfill near Sorrento have agreed to increased air monitoring for two years under a settlement ending litigation over a permit allowing expanded dumping at the decades-old waste pile.
A judge has paused — at least for the time being — construction of an industrial recycling facility in Port Allen where residents have raised concerns about toxic chemicals.
After battling court challenges from environmentalists and others, the builders of the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline across southern Louisiana say they will be able to carry crude oil from the northern Midwest to the Mississippi River valley…
ST. FRANCISVILLE — The waters of the Mississippi River, at nearly their peak level, are slowly lapping at Fred Smith’s St. Francisville home.
GONZALES — Facing criticism they've been dragging their feet, Ascension Parish officials are taking early steps to cap the amount of dirt builders can use in raising homes and to establish new financial requirements to maintain detention ponds, a …
GONZALES – Missy Jackson has spent 25 years living near Bayou Conway on Hodgeson Road in Ascension Parish and has never suffered through a flood there, she said.
All of Louisiana will be at some level of flood risk this spring, federal meteorologists indicated Thursday.
Mosaic Fertilizer recently stopped draining a giant threatened lake of acidic water atop its waste pile in St. James Parish that some feared could break open and release its hazardous contents to harm surrounding swamps.
The Mississippi River appeared to hit its crest Tuesday in Baton Rouge after an extended rise following heavy rain up river, reaching the seventh-highest level in recorded history, authorities said.
The local groundwater board intends to double the fees for water pumped for residential and industrial use in an effort to secure more funding to protect the aquifer beneath Baton Rouge.
NAPOLEONVILLE — State agriculture and forestry agents say they caught an Assumption Parish man illegally felling and milling cypress trees on remote state land only accessible by boat in the swamp near Lake Verret.
A small chlorine gas leak from the Westlake Chemical vinyls plant in Geismar on March 4 was the ninth accidental release since the start of 2018. Here are the others:
State authorities have acceded to environmental groups who lambasted a recent proposal to loosen requirements on pollution clean-up.
Fertilizer maker The Mosaic Co. said it will cut phosphate production by 300,000 tons for the spring season, a move that will affect its Louisiana and Florida facilities.