By: Doug Schorpp, Quad City Business Journal
Within 18 months, the Mississippi River and the Quad-Cities could be part of a worldwide tourism program using the international marketing brand of the National Geographic Society.
By: Reagan Roy, KETK NBC
Coastal Conservation Association and Shell Oil Company have announced an extension of their unique partnership that has already produced more than a dozen significant marine habitat restoration projects along the Gulf Coast over the past two years. Shell’s decision to fund $500,000 over each of the next three years will enable CCA’s Building Conservation Trust to continue providing vital funding for grassroots-driven marine habitat projects.
By: The Water Institute of the Gulf
The Water Institute of the Gulf seeks proposals for numerical modeling of fish and shellfish community dynamics in Louisiana estuaries as part of a number of modeling improvements being conducted in support of Louisiana's 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Model development and testing will initially focus on community interactions among species within the Barataria and Pontchartrain Basins. Calibrated and validated models will be integrated, to the extent possible, with the landscape models (i.e., Integrated Compartment Models) being developed by master plan modeling teams. The modeling suite will be used to provide CPRA with estimates of fish and shellfish community response to certain kinds of restoration and protection projects as part of the development of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan.
By: Bob Marshall, WWNO.org
Anyone following the development of the Master Plan for the Louisiana coast knows that the central part of the plan is also its most controversial: large scale river diversions, opening the levees on the sides of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans to let the silt-carrying Mississippi out into these sinking deltas to begin rebuilding them.
A deep sea oyster reef restoration being touted as the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico began in an unlikely place: a quarry in landlocked Missouri.
By: Xerxes Wilson, Houmatoday.com
The value of wetland property can be two very different things for a landowner and for society in general. Researchers for Louisiana State University are trying to quantify how much certain characteristics of wetlands add or detract from the land’s market value.
By: Henry Fountain, New York Times
The floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy had barely receded in New York last fall when the suggestions started coming for ways to keep the city and other low-lying areas safe in future storms.
By: MICHELLE MILLHOLLON, Baton Rouge Advocate
Talking to state legislators Wednesday about skyrocketing flood insurance rates, St. Charles Parish President V. J. St. Pierre choked back tears as he described the plight of an 81-year-old constituent who vowed to end her life if she lost her home because of skyrocketing premiums.
By: Bill Dries, Memphis Daily News
Natchez, Miss., Mayor Larry L. Brown came to Memphis last week with the kind of prepared remarks that are standard for gatherings where you have more than two mayors of cities.
By: Rick Spruill, KRISTV.com
UPPER PADRE ISLAND - Local leaders are scrambling to get details on a pending land deal that could significantly limit public access to about five miles of public beach just south of Bob Hall Pier on the Kleberg County line.
By: Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle
The endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle will be put in harm's way by a Central Texas river authority's emergency plan to cut off freshwater from Matagorda Bay, an environmental group warned state regulators Friday.
By: Dean Jacobs, Fremont Tribune
The Mississippi River touches a variety of land and people within the borders of the United States. Like a thread woven through an elaborate tapestry, the river connects people and places that otherwise might have little in common.
By: Lindsey Rousselle, New Orleans Saints
Globally, America’s wetlands are a considerable habitat for many species of plants and animals. In recent years, this ecosystem has been undoubtedly threatened and is now dissipating from the Louisiana Coast affecting not only Louisianans, but also the country.
By: Buddy Treybig, Houston Chronicle
Texas has a water problem and has had one long before the current drought. State agencies have known this for a long time. Our elected officials should have been looking for a solution long ago. Now all of a sudden our river authorities want to jump at a quick fix to the water problem by cutting off water to the bays and estuaries, as with the Lower Colorado River Authority's recent proposal, after already cutting the farmers off of water in the lower basin. Every user of water in the state of Texas has the responsibility to help fix our water shortages. Everyone has to help, but so far we are just cutting off water downstream.
By: Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune
HOUSTON — Five years after Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, causing more than $30 billion in damage and killing at least 37 Texans, cities across the region have trumpeted their rebuilding efforts.