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Flood insurance bill clears House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday evening that would save property owners in southern Louisiana and across the nation thousands of dollars in flood insurance premiums, preventing what some call a looming disaster for many homeowners and businesses.


Sinking levee shows difficulty of protecting New Orleans from flooding

Officials recently discovered that a 1.1-mile long stretch of the levee along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway had sunk 3 to 6 inches below its design height of 25 to 27.5 feet. It will cost about $1 million to repair, according to the Corps of Engineers.


Zeringue takes state’s coastal reins as Graves departs

Houma native Jerome Zeringue, known as Zee, starts as chairman of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority this week, and replaces Garret Graves–who resigned after six years in office. Zeringue’s old position will be filled by deputy director Kyle Graham. The state’s coastal needs are relentless, and CPRA is implementing projects under its $50 billion, 2012 Master Plan. The agency is using funds from the feds, the state and some spill-related commitments from BP while it waits for more money from the oil firm, Zeringue said last week.


EDITORIAL: Shutting down waterways sounds fishy

As scary as Asian carp are, the prospect of shutting down the link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River watershed is even more scary.


Tulane to announce $1 million prize for 'dead zones' solution on Monday

Tulane University President Scott Cowen will announce the creation of a $1 million "Grand Challenge" prize aimed at finding better ways to fight hypoxia, a low-oxygen condition that creates annual springtime "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico and in other water locations around the world.


Powerful voice questions Louisiana's plans for rebuilding its coast

VICKSBURG, MISS (WVUE) - For years, coastal scientists have argued the best tool for rebuilding Louisiana's coast involves harnessing the power of the Mississippi River.


New Louisiana plan relies heavily on diversions to reduce nutrients causing Gulf 'dead zone'

Louisiana plans to use existing and proposed sediment and freshwater diversions as part of a new plan for removing a small share of the fertilizers and other nutrients from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers that are linked to springtime low-oxygen "dead zones" along the state's coastline each year.


Louisiana bays and bayous vanish from nautical maps

GRAND BAYOU VILLAGE, La. – Flip Tayamen has seen the wetlands of his childhood disintegrate and vanish.


Support for wetland restoration dramatically increased over past decade, survey shows

A survey commissioned by America's WETLAND Foundation shows that support for restoring coastal wetlands has increased dramatically in Louisiana over the past decade.


America's Wetland action heroes introduced in fight against coastal erosion

NEW ORLEANS - Sporting muscles, capes and charm, a new lineup of the popular America's Wetland Action Heroes, The Estuarians, debuted Monday to lead the charge to save coastal Louisiana with the rallying cry of Game on.


Landmark Study Demonstrates Climate Benefits of Estuary Restoration

WASHINGTON - Restore America’s Estuaries has released the findings of a groundbreaking study that confirms the climate mitigation benefits of restoring tidal wetland habitat in the Snohomish Estuary, located within the nation’s second largest estuary: Puget Sound. The study, the first of its kind, finds major climate mitigation benefits from wetland restoration and provides a much needed approach for assessing carbon fluxes for historic drained and future restored wetlands which can now be transferred and applied to other geographies.


FEMA says some flood insurance premium hikes will be delayed 12-18 months

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says a recently enacted budget provision means that it won't begin to implement higher rates for some flood insurance recipients until at least Oct., 2015, and perhaps as late as June, 2016.


Oil Boom Increases Barge Operators' Fortunes

The rising tide of North American oil is lifting a lot of barges, as energy companies increasingly turn to rivers and coastal waterways to get U.S. and Canadian crude to refineries.


Restrooms or Wetlands: How Should Texas Spend BP Spill Money?

Bad as the BP Deepwater Horizon spill was with its oil tainting miles of Texas beaches (36 miles to be exact, according to the state), there is now restoration money floating into Texas. As part of an agreement reached in 2011 for “early oil spill restoration,” BP is paying Texas and four other Gulf Coast states a total of $1 billion. Texas’s portion is $100 million.


WWL's Garland Robinette Talk's to AWF about 'Issue Of Our Lifetime'

AWF Managing Director Val Marmillion and Senior Policy Advisor Sidney Coffee joined WWL's Garland Robinette to talk about teamwork to save coastal Louisiana in light of AWF's recent statewide poll, which found that 74% of Louisiana residents call coastal restoration the 'issue of our lifetime

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