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In The News
03
Apr

LPBF: Falling with Style (and Intention)

LPBF’s Coast & Community Scientists Experiment with a New Approach to Swamp Restoration Overhead a plane glides across the marsh. It looks like rain, but the sky is bright, and the sun is shining. All around, seeds are falling, with style and intention. Right now our coast is losing one football field of land every...
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02
Apr

NPR: Step 1: Build A House. Step 2: Set It On Fire

An hour south of Charlotte, N.C., two forks in the road beyond suburbia, a freshly constructed house sits in a wind tunnel waiting to be set on fire. To the left of the house is a brick wall with a hole in the middle, made by a 2-by-4 propelled at 70 miles per hour. Read...
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01
Apr

The New Yorker: Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast

The New Orleans Lakefront Airport was built by the Louisiana governor Huey P. Long on a tongue of fill that sticks out into Lake Pontchartrain. Its terminal was designed by the same architect Long had used to build a new Louisiana state capitol and a new governor’s mansion, and it was originally named for one...
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31
Mar

The Photoblogger: Virginia Hanusik’s ‘A Receding Coast’ Tackles the Tough Topic of Climate Change

“I have a problem with photographers who use disaster voyeurism as a means of gaining attention for their work,” says Virginia Hanusik, a photographer whose work concentrating on the relationship between culture and the built environment has given her the task of tackling climate change. “In some cases, photographs of flooding and wildfires are certainly...
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31
Mar

The Advocate: State pledges $80M for Bayou Chene floodgate that will relieve backwater flooding in 6 parishes

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — Residents in six southeastern Louisiana parishes will get some relief from backwater flooding thanks to a new floodgate. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week that the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is pledging $80 million to build a permanent floodgate across Bayou Chene. Read more here…
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28
Mar

Louisiana Watchdog: State coastal protection authority pledges $80 million for floodgate in St. Mary Parish

The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is pledging $80 million to build a permanent floodgate across Bayou Chene in St. Mary Parish. Funding would come from federal Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act revenue, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday. GOMESA allows Gulf Coast states to share in revenue from oil and gas production...
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26
Mar

Houma Courier: Council OKs bond plan for oil revenue

The Lafourche Parish Council approved a plan to bond out $12.5 million in federal oil revenue tonight in an effort to speed up local projects.   The council unanimously voted to move forward with plans to issue $12.5 million worth of bonds with Wells Fargo using its share of the federal Gulf of Mexico Energy...
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20
Mar

Southern Fried Science: Trump’s 2020 Budget will be a Disaster for America’s Coastal Economies

Yesterday the Trump Administration unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020. This budget contains steep cuts research, education, and social services in order to fund the construction of the border wall. Chief among the cuts is an unprecedented reduction in funding for NOAA, which functionally disbands several core research programs within Ocean Services. From...
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20
Mar

NOLA.com: Mid-Barataria diversion delayed several months

The most expensive coastal restoration project ever attempted in Louisiana will be delayed several months due to a series of permitting, design and engineering setbacks. On Wednesday (Mar. 20), the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority announced the $1.3 billion Mid-Barataria sediment diversion will likely not be completed until sometime in 2021. The CPRA had...
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19
Mar

Inside Climate News: Not Trusting FEMA’s Flood Maps, More Hurricane-Hit Cities Set Their Own Rules

In flood-prone regions of the country, a growing number of cities have lost confidence in the ability of the federal government’s flood maps to recognize the increasing risks that come with global warming. From Houston to Baltimore to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and now Mexico Beach, Florida, local officials are going beyond the federal standards and...
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