By: Amy Wold, Advocate
A coalition of scientists, environmentalists and policy groups is encouraging state and federal officials to work together to make sure a coastal restoration plan in southeast Louisiana moves forward.
NEW ORLEANS — Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner has voiced his displeasure with the Corps of Engineers and the fact that, for decades, his town has been kept out of the levee protection system.
By: The Eagle
The destruction and loss of life seen in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Rita will almost certainly happen again, says a Texas A&M University researcher — perhaps even this week, as Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast.
Audie Cornish talks with Mark Schleifstein of the Times-Picayune, about New Orleans' preparedness for today versus seven years ago, when it was pummeled by Hurricane Katrina. The city is bracing for the possibility that tropical storm Isaac may turn into a hurricane.
By: Debbie Elliott, NPR
All the dry weather means there's less water flowing through the once mighty river into the Gulf of Mexico, and low outflow means saltwater from the Gulf is creeping in.
By: Whet Moser, Chicago Mag
The upper Mississippi has avoided low-water shipping restrictions because of the lock-and-dam system, but the lower Mississippi has been operating under restrictions all summer due to the drought. And an 11-mile stretch was just closed yesterday, with no timetable for its opening. But ships on the river have been running at lower capacity with some frequency, due to consistent underfunding:
By: EYDER PERALTA, NPR
As The New York Times reported earlier today, the river's levels have plummeted under record droughts. To keep the river moving, the Army Corps of Engineers has been dredging up sediment to keep the river deep enough.
By: Jordan Blum, The Advocate
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., recently reached out to the U.S. Coast Guard for more ongoing assistance on cleanup and response pertaining to the 2010 BP oil leak.
By: Sun Herald
The National Wildlife Federation gave thanks to Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Representatives Steven Palazzo, Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee, and Bennie Thompson for voting to pass the RESTORE Act!
By: The Disaffected Lib
America's drought has forced traffic closures on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin and Arkansas and in Mississippi it's not even knee deep in places.
By: Olivia Gordon, State Impact
The Midwest is going through one of the worst droughts in decades. The most recent US Drought Monitor map shows about a third of the Midwest experiencing extreme drought levels. More than 80 percent of Arkansas is in extreme drought, with 44 percent at the harshest level, exceptional drought, according to the map.But while all of this dryness is hurting farming, it’s actually helping the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico.
By: Mark Schleifstein, Times-Picayune
This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented a portfolio of wetland-restoration projects that it says should mitigate the impact of building levees in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The agency did not say how much the work would cost, but planners said earlier this year that they expect to spend about $252 million on restoration projects that stem from the construction of the 160-mile levee system.
By: Karen Grahamxz, Examiner
As iconic as the Washington Monument, as American as apple pie, and famous in song and stories, the Mississippi River is nothing less than America's river. Sometimes moody, and occasionally even lazy, and very often so powerful in it's reach that thousands of acres of farm and ranch lands can be inundated by it's yearly floods, the Mississippi is a waterway we depend on to move our goods.
By: Bob Marshall, Times-Picayune
When history looks back on the outcome of efforts to prevent southeast Louisiana from becoming part of the Gulf of Mexico, few headlines could turn out to be as significant as this one from Saturday's Times-Picayune: "Corps delays repairs on MR-GO." It wasn't the news that the chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. General Thomas Bostick, wants Louisiana to pay 35 percent of a $2.9 billion plan to repair damage from that project; we're always fighting the feds over dollars.
By: Ian McNulty, New Orleans Magazine
The Tabasco® brand is known across the globe as a symbol of Louisiana food and culture. Now, the leader of the family company that produces the famous hot pepper sauce is being lauded as a symbol of the effort to save Louisiana itself.