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Private investment may be another avenue to wetlands restoration

A $181 million fund to restore a large portion of the East Orleans Land Bridge didn’t come from local, state or federal government. The money to dredge sediment and rebuild marsh is from a private investment. It’s just one example of what America’s Wetland Foundation would like to see more of for certain coastal restoration projects that could get done faster and cheaper than through the federal process.


Vanishing Island

Although it’s only 80 miles from New Orleans, the Isle de Jean Charles feels much farther away. It’s literally at the end of the road, connected to the mainland by a little two-lane strip of asphalt with water lapping at its edges. Families have lived there for generations, making their livings on the surrounding waters. Time moves more slowly there, and a person’s sense of home, family and community is deep-rooted. Perhaps this is why the island was the inspiration for “The Bathtub,” the fictional setting for Benh Zeitlin’s Oscar-nominated 2012 film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Like the fictional characters in that film, the islanders share a profound love for their home and don’t want to leave – something many of us can relate to.


EDITORIAL: Prop coastal planning needed in Texas

This is Hurricane Preparedness Week, which is an annual campaign to remind coastal residents that they need to be ready for any major storm that might come our way.


U.S. Senate approves $12.3 billion water projects bill

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a House-Senate agreement on a water projects bill that includes several billion-dollar undertakings in Louisiana.


Most Mississippi River Basin States Have Completed Plans to Control Nutrient Pollution

Ten of the 12 states participating in a federal-state task force to tackle hypoxia in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico have submitted either draft or final plans to reduce nutrient runoff into the basin, according to the task force co-chairman.


Morganza to the Gulf wins congressional authorization, but where will the $10.3 billion come from?

The $8.2 billion water resources (WRDA) bill, given final congressional approval Thursday, authorizes the long-stalled Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection project for the third time.


EPA Mississippi River task force to work with 12 universities on reducing water pollution

A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to work with 12 universities on the problem.


Congressman calls for Mississippi River watershed to become 'critical conservation area'

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, is calling on the federal government to give the Mississippi River a special conservation designation that could give agricultural projects in Wisconsin an economic boost.


10 things to know about the Mississippi Delta

Agriculture jobs have been drying up since mechanization replaced human labor, and foreign competition continues to drive out other local industries. Since 1940, the Delta's population has shrunk by nearly half.


Advertising campaign raises awareness about coastal restoration work

America’s Wetland Foundation launched a new advertising campaign this week to help raise awareness about partnerships working toward coastal restoration in Louisiana.


Overwhelming the Mississippi

New evidence from University of Texas at Austin researchers posit that the great Mississippi's natural ability to chemically filter out nitrates is being overwhelmed. UT's hydrologists demonstrate the enormity of the filtering process for almost every drop of water that enters into the 311,000-mile long course ending in the Gulf of Mexico.


The Gulf's sinking stepping stone

A few hours after the sun goes down, if you’re sitting on the dock stretching out into Bayou Lafourche outside of Lisa Cefalu’s camp in Leeville, you’ll see a giant orange light of what looks like a refinery turning on for the night shift begin to glow.


Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta

The wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta are slowly sinking and rapidly eroding, but new research from Rice University and the University of South Carolina has found the river's supply of sand—the material engineers most need to rebuild the delta—will stay constant for centuries.


Hydrologists Find Mississippi River’s Buffering System for Nitrates is Overwhelmed

A new method of measuring the interaction of surface water and groundwater along the length of the Mississippi River network adds fresh evidence that the network’s natural ability to chemically filter out nitrates is being overwhelmed.


Texas Coast: GUARDING THE COAST Conservation group argues for comprehensive plan

Texas has no such plan for its 367 miles of coastline, though AWF managing director Val Marmillion said his organization aims to help change that. He argued that Texas can’t afford to be without a coastal plan in the face of coastal erosion, growing coastal populations, rising sea levels and the increased likelihood of catastrophic storm damage as a result.

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