By: Lauren McGaughy, NOLA.com | The Times Picayune
Louisiana's Constitution should mandate that any money the state receives from Deepwater-Horizon-BP oil spill fines be used solely for coastal protection and restoration programs, according to a bill filed this week ahead of the 2013 legislative session that begins April 8.
By: The Country Today
Mississippi River shippers have returned to hauling full loads after several storms and aggressive rock-clearing helped deepen the waterway, eliminating worries about barge traffic shutting down, the river’s stewards and barge operators said Feb. 27.
By: Georgina Gustin, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A truck carrying thousands of pounds of corn pulls up to a gleaming complex at the edge of the Mississippi River. The driver receives a card with a bar code. Moments later, several overhead probes drill into the truck’s load, pulling corn kernels for testing.
By: Amy Wold, The Advocate
Four state agencies have begun work on a plan that will address Louisiana’s contributions to the nutrients that end up in the Gulf of Mexico and help create the “dead zone” of low oxygen that appears every summer.
By: Bob Marshall, The Lens, New Orleans
Thirty-five miles south of New Orleans, the silt-laden Mississippi River intermittently rolls through a 150-foot gap that started opening on the river’s east bank during the Mardi Gras 2011 flood. The café-au-lait water rushes noisily through the channel it carved across an adjacent shell roadbed, then sweeps eastward toward marshes spreading to the horizon.
By: Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Dredging in the Mississippi River’s Pilottown anchorage area has begun as part of the West Bay sediment diversion project at the mouth of the river, the Army Corps of Engineers announced on Thursday (March 7). Mike Hooks, Inc., of Calcasieu Parish, will receive about $12 million to dredge about 2 million cubic yards of material that will be used for land creation, according to the corps.
By: Adam Redling
Even the darkest clouds can have a silver lining—sometimes it just takes a team of researchers to find it.
By: The Stillwater Gazette
U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., a former member of the House Natural Resources Committee from 1997-2011, and Tim Walz , D-Minn., were recently selected as co-chairmen of the Mississippi River Caucus.
People wait in splendid weather to pay tribute to Paul McIlhenny at today's services in New Orleans.
By: R. King Milling, for Times-Picayune
Expectations are running high with an announcement of the first round of BP oil spill funds becoming available and a recent series of Gulf Coast listening sessions convened by the president's Restore Council. A plan to distribute these funds will no doubt kick start much-needed restoration projects and, with them, a restoration economy of new jobs and much needed improvements to our deteriorating ecosystem, a place we call America's Wetland.
By: Star Tribune
Rick Calhoun says the drought that halted barge traffic on the Mississippi River last year would look like a comparatively minor problem if one of the nation’s aging locks and dams were to fail.
By: Adrian Sainz, Bloomburg Businessweek
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Mississippi River flooding of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like never before, exposing vulnerabilities that need attention, a report released Monday said.
By: The Times-Picayune
Paul McIlhenny, an ebullient executive who for 14 years led the family-owned company that makes Tabasco sauce and who reigned as Rex in 2006, died Saturday at his New Orleans home, apparently of a heart attack. He was 68.
The drought that almost halted barge traffic on the Mississippi River illustrates that the U.S. must improve inland waterways to remain competitive in export markets, a Cargill Inc. shipping executive said.
By: Bob Marshall, The Lens
New Orleans — Stunning new data not yet publicly released shows Louisiana losing its battle with rising seas much more quickly than even the most pessimistic studies have predicted to date. While state officials continue to argue over restoration projects to save the state’s sinking, crumbling coast, top researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have concluded that Louisiana is in line for the highest rate of sea-level rise “on the planet.”