NEWS

02
Mar

The Advocate: Rising rivers have broad impacts

So we start out this fishing season on a downer, knowing the Corps of Engineers pulled the first needles on the Bonnet Carre Spillway, and it looks like months, not weeks before fishing returns to normal in the Atchafalaya Basin, areas off the Mississippi River south of Buras to Venice and spreading out into the...
01
Mar

WaPo: Ruined crops, salty soil: How rising seas are poisoning North Carolina’s farmland

MIDDLETOWN, N.C. — The salty patches were small, at first — scattered spots where soybeans wouldn’t grow, where grass withered and died, exposing expanses of bare, brown earth. But lately those barren patches have grown. On dry days, the salt precipitates out of the mud and the crystals make the soil sparkle in the sunlight....
01
Mar

The Daily Star: Overcoming the ideology of climate inaction

Three years ago, the United States achieved a grim milestone: its first climate refugees. With rising sea levels quickly engulfing the small town of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribespeople who have long called it home were forced to move. In the coming years, hundreds of communities across the U.S. will suffer a...
01
Mar

CPRA: Emergency Alert: Emergency Prohibition of Activities on Levees and Flood Control Structures

  BATON ROUGE – The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board has issued an Emergency Rule local jurisdictions can use to control activity on levees in the coastal area due to dangerous flood conditions on the Mississippi River and Tributaries. This rule is effective as of 5 p.m. today, Friday, March 1, 2019.  The rule is...
26
Feb

NOLA.com: 10 things to know about the Bonnet Carre Spillway before it’s opened Wednesday

The Bonnet Carre Spillway The Corps will open the spillway to keep the volume of Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cubic feet per second (cfs), which current projections indicate will occur on Wednesday (Feb. 27). Current forecasts indicate the spillway could be open for at least a month. Opening of the...
25
Feb

The Advocate: Bonnet Carre spillway to be opened Wednesday, first time ever used in back-to-back years

With rising water levels on the Mississippi River, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would open the Bonnet Carre spillway on Wednesday. It will be the 13th time flooding the spillway and the first time since the concrete diversion structure was built in 1931 that it was used two years in a row....
24
Feb

The Advocate: Denied loan forgiveness, Louisiana officials ask for break on interest cost for levee system

State officials are planning to push the Trump administration this spring to forgive $2 billion in interest the state estimates it is on the hook to pay for the multibillion-dollar New Orleans-area flood prevention system. The move marks a retreat for state leaders, who previously asked to have both interest and principal — a total...
18
Feb

Fox8: State plans for river diversions spark a ‘mud fight’ over coastal restoration

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -While the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have sparked one of America’s worst environmental disasters, it provided an ironic opportunity for restoration. Settlements and fines stemming from the disaster provide a roughly $9 billion windfall for Louisiana, most of which the state plans to spend battling coastal land loss.  ...
13
Feb

Texas Climate News: New studies: Migratory birds face multiple threats from climate change

Some two billion birds migrate over the Gulf Coast each spring. The highest traffic occurs in Texas, with as many as 26,000 birds per kilometer of airspace each night, 5.4 times the number detected along the coast from Louisiana to Florida. Several recent studies suggest that climate change could make the trip tougher for many...
13
Feb

Scientific American: How Climate Will Change in Cities across the U.S.

A new tool compares what the climate of towns will be in 2080 to various locations today If global greenhouse gas emissions don’t decline soon, the climate in Washington, D.C., could more closely resemble that of today’s Greenwood, Miss. Summers may be slightly drier and more than 6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they are today....
12
Feb

CNN Video: 98% of this Louisiana Community has Disappeared

Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana (CNN)The plans are grand — a brand new community with homes, baseball fields, fishing ponds, a meeting hall and a solar farm to generate electricity to sell. They’re part of a $48 million project funded by the federal government to move a few dozen families whose homes are disappearing into the Gulf...
09
Feb

Houma Courier: Volunteers plant 1,000 cypress trees to aid wetlands

About 150 volunteers planted 1,000 bald cypress seedlings today as part of a coastal-restoration project in southeastern Terrebonne Parish. It’s the last of three projects that combined have planted 30,000 trees to help restore a historic cypress forest in the state-owned Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area. The trees will help hold together about 100 acres of...
07
Feb

The Lens: Residents seek answers as CPRA preps for big river diversions

Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has a complex plan for reconnecting the Mississippi River with coastal regions that have steadily disappeared under Gulf waters. They have a detailed timeline for the effort, stretching over several years, and right now they have a huge amount of money to throw at these efforts. But they still...
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