NEWS

22
Oct

Waterways Journal: Dredging And Wetlands Creation–An Environmental Success Story

By Judith Powers and Sean Duffy – There are 6,800 acres of new marshland bordering the Passes of the Mississippi River—land that was created starting in 2011 by a coalition intent on stopping the loss of land in Louisiana at a rate once described as “a football field every hour.” The Mississippi River advocacy group Big...
18
Oct

MPR: Climate change isn’t just an environmental issue anymore

One of the most frustrating things about Jessica Hellmann’s job as a climate scientist is how the atmosphere has become a political issue. “For most of my colleagues, that’s not why we got into this business,” she said. “We don’t pursue science because we want to be on one side or the other. And it’s...
14
Oct

Houma Courier: Editor’s opinion: The Gulf of Mexico is here already

Some results of a new poll of south Louisiana residents on the plight of the state’s vanishing coast surprise me. The poll was conducted for the National Audubon Society on behalf of Restore the Mississippi Delta. Both environmental groups have been involved in Louisiana’s efforts to deal with the eroding wetlands, sinking land, rising seas...
14
Oct

NYT: Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’

AWF Comment: This is where resilience will start leading to adapting to the new normal. MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — As they built their dream house last year on the shimmering sands of the Gulf of Mexico, Russell King and his nephew, Dr. Lebron Lackey, painstakingly documented every detail of the elevated construction, from the 40-foot...
14
Oct

NOLA.com: The former banker who went from savings accounts to saving our coast

The icon: King Milling. The legacy: King Milling, who has a long record of community service, was president of Whitney Bank for 24 years — he retired in 2008 — and also reigned as Rex, king of Carnival, in 1993. But in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 BP oil spill, he...
07
Oct

NOLA.com: Louisiana has a decade to move on its coastal master plan

After covering (and living) Louisiana’s coastal crisis for decades, the most common question I get these days is this one: When will we know if state’s coastal master plan will succeed? Read more…
27
Sep

EDF: New Poll Shows Louisianians’ Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Coastal Restoration

Press Release from Environmental Defense Fund (NEW ORLEANS) There is widespread, bipartisan support for action in addressing Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis, according to a new poll released today by BDPC, LLC + Pinsonat and Restore the Mississippi River Delta. Of note, 79 percent of coastal voters said they support sediment diversions, large-scale engineering projects...
24
Sep

Watchdog.org: Zinke talks Land and Water Conservation Fund reform with Louisiana officials, oil execs

By John Haughey Watchdog.org U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke addressed the Louisiana Oil and Gas Industry (LOGA) and then visited a local park this week to announce the annual national distribution of $100 million in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) monies. Read more…
22
Sep

Danos: Generating Resources For Local Non-Profit Organizations

By Danos – The Danos Foundation and Shell Exploration and Production Company are working together to donate 50 new generators to local non-profit agencies who need them for their own mission-related use. “The Danos Foundation is humbled to be in a position with Shell Exploration and Production Company to assist organizations in need and to...
20
Sep

Daily Beast: We’re Ignoring the Best Way to Protect Ourselves From Hurricanes

America has largely destroyed its coastal wetlands, which act as sponges for hurricanes, even as the government encourages people to build in flood-prone areas. The worst damage from hurricanes doesn’t always come from wind. In fact, some of history’s most damaging hurricanes—like Sandy, for example—were very low-power but caused massive amounts of destruction because they...
12
Sep

NOLA.com: Stay or go? Isle de Jean Charles wrestles with the sea

Island in Crisis – Isle de Jean Charles Isle de Jean Charles – or what’s left of it – is a small enclave of houses on a narrow, one-and-and-a-half mile long strip of land, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. As south Louisiana wetlands continue to sink and as sea levels continue to rise, the island has...
20
Aug

Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Forum

The America’s WETLAND Foundation is hosting a Leadership Forum on August 29, 2018, at Nicholls State University in partnership with BHP and Resource Environmental Solutions (RES). Artist Rendering of the completed Bayou Terrebonne Project The Forum will address opportunities for transitional and innovative projects that align with community goals and are important to achieving success with large-scale projects....
18
Aug

Eco Magazine: Mapping Blue Carbon in Mangroves Worldwide

By: Robert Twilley, LSU Sea Grant New research led by LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences Professor Robert Twilley offers a more precise estimate of how much blue carbon is stored by mangroves around the world. Read More
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14
Aug

America’s Wetland Restoration Exchange

The America's Wetland Restoration Exchange (AWRE) is an environmental sustainability fund in which private donors
13
Aug

Houma Courier: Local forum to address coastal threats

By: Keith McGill, The Houma Courier Coastal advocates and public officials will meet Aug. 29 in Thibodaux to discuss ways Terrebonne and Lafourche can adapt as the Gulf of Mexico continues its march inland. The Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Leadership Forum will be led by America’s Wetland, a group that has pushed for solutions to...
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