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Poll reports Texans see restoring wetlands as crucial

Most Texans see restoring the state's wetlands, dunes and barrier islands as a critical issue, a new survey shows.


Agricultural runoff fueling aquatic overgrowth

Usually, nutrients are a good thing. But when humans introduce too many into an ecosystem, it throws off nature’s balance.


Wildlife gets new habitat on Lake Pontchartrain south shore

The plants sticking up through the muddy ground at Bayou St. John on Tuesday afternoon didn’t look like much, but in one, maybe two growing seasons, they should transform this area into a mini wetland.


UCLA scientists find shortcut to estimating a river's volume

People around the world depend on rivers for their water supply. So it’s important to understand how much water a river holds. Researchers at UCLA have found a new way to calculate a river’s volume without ever stepping into it.


West’s Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights

MUMFORD, Tex. — Across the parched American West, the long drought has set off a series of fierce legal and political battles over who controls an increasingly dear treasure — water.


Phil R. Precht Honored With Wetlands Conservation Achievement Award

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced Mar. 12 the winners of the 2014 Wetlands Conservation Achievement Awards during the 79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources conference, held at the Denver Sheraton. This year’s recipient of the Conservation/Private Entity award is Mr. Phil Precht, based in Houma.


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.

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