NEWS

11
Apr

Scientific American: After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans’ Levees Are Sinking

Sea level rise and ground subsidence will render the flood barriers inadequate in just four years The $14 billion network of levees and floodwalls that was built to protect greater New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was a seemingly invincible bulwark against flooding. But now, 11 months after the Army Corps of Engineers completed one of...
11
Apr

AP: RES Receives Two Project Merit Awards from EBJ

SAN DIEGO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 10, 2019–Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ), a strategic business intelligence provider to the environmental industry, has honored RES and its partners with two awards for Project Merit, Natural Resource Management, for 2018. The awards recognize two separate ecological restoration projects. The first project, funded by global energy firm BHP, restored a coastal...
10
Apr

AGU100: Increased Extreme Coastal Water Levels Due to the Combined Action of Storm Surges and Wind Waves

The dependence between extreme storm surges and wind waves is assessed statistically along the global coasts using the outputs of two numerical models consistently forced with the same atmospheric fields. We show that 55% of the world coastlines face compound storm surge wave extremes. Hence, for a given level of probability, neglecting these dependencies leads...
10
Apr

World Dredging: Sediment Recycling Along the Mississippi River’s Bird’s-Foot Delta

In a discussion with Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy in early 2017, the Senator asked if we could provide a video that demonstrated the difference between hopper and cutterhead dredges. After being not able to find a suitable video we decided to create one using drone footage of dredging for channel maintenence of the Mississippi River...
05
Apr

NOLA.com: ‘Slightly below-normal’ 2019 hurricane season predicted by experts

An early look at the 2019 hurricane season in the Atlantic basin shows slightly below normal activity, according to experts with the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Meteorologists at CSU say there is about a 39 percent chance for a least one major hurricane (a Category 3, 4, or 5 storm on...
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...
03
Apr

NOLA.com: Corps studies improving New Orleans levees to keep pace with hurricane flood risk

The Army Corps of Engineers is embarking on studies of potential improvements to the east bank and West Bank hurricane levee systems because portions of the post-Katrina levee system are likely to be inadequate to reduce risk from stormwater surges created by a so-called 100-year storm as early as 2023. Read more here…
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...
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...
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...
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…
28
Mar

Texas Climate News: In Texas even the mildest climate bills face near-certain death

If Texas state Rep. Eric Johnson had anything dramatic in mind when he filed House Bill 100, he didn’t let on. The Dallas Democrat’s bill doesn’t make any pronouncements about changing the state’s historically do-little approach to climate change. It doesn’t press for a faster abandonment of coal in favor of wind and solar power....
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...
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