NEWS

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
18
Mar

WaPo: The disconnect between the Trump administration and reality on climate change keeps growing

A historic storm hit the Great Plains last week, leading to the worst flooding in Nebraska in half a century. Several inches of rain fell after a month of record snow, some of which still sat on frozen ground. The result, as the Omaha World-Herald reported, was rain plus snowmelt with nowhere to go. So...
15
Mar

Dredging Today: Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan Released

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has announced the release of the 2019 Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan, which addresses natural and man-made coastal environments. This Resiliency Plan also recommends 123 projects compiled by the Texas General Land Office coastal team with input from a Technical Advisory Committee to mitigate issues that negatively impact coastal...
15
Mar

Reuters: Post-Katrina promise of oil money leaves states shortchanged

(Reuters) – In 2006, a year after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the U.S. government struck a deal to give states in the region a growing share of offshore drilling revenues to finance projects protecting them from future monster storms. Read more here…
11
Mar

Texas Climate News: Climate change, warming oceans and an iconic, endangered sea turtle

The number of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles exhibiting signs of hypothermia in the northwestern Atlantic – a condition known as “cold-stunning” – has dramatically increased since the 1970s, according to a recent paper in the journal PLOS One. The warmer the sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine from late October through early November, the...
08
Mar

Miami Herald: Michael’s Angels recount accomplishments for International Women’s Day

PANAMA CITY — One month ago, it had become very clear that someone needed to step up to the plate and advocate for Hurricane Michael’s victims. The cause needed a voice or it was at risk of being forgotten, so a group of “warrior women” rose to the occasion. Read more here…
07
Mar

Houma Courier: State gets $1 million to fight wetlands pest

Louisiana has secured $1 million from the federal government to help fight an invasive insect that has killed thousands of acres of a plant vital to preserving the state’s coastal marshes. Roseau cane scale, an east Asian mealybug, eats and destroys the tall stalks scientists say help trap sediment that builds marshes and holds them...
06
Mar

RAND: Resilience and Adaptation Strategies Can Address the Impacts of Climate Change

By the end of this century, Chicago could face the kind of searing summer heat that Las Vegas sees now. Phoenix could hit 110 degrees, 60 or more days a year. That’s not wild speculation. It’s the official position of 13 federal agencies on climate change, released late last year with a warning: Local governments...
06
Mar

TCN: Carbon tax to fight climate change faces dim prospects in the new Congress

Is the carbon tax an idea whose time has come? Is it the cure to what ails you? That may depend on who you are and what you think ails you. Read more here…
05
Mar

The Advocate: Letters: Sediment diversions can help coastal restoration

Here in southeast Louisiana, we live our lives in close proximity to the power of Mother Nature and at the same time incredibly separate from it. Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local levee districts, the annual rise and fall of the Mississippi River is inconsequential to us —...
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