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Cattle rancher crusades to save coastal project

Earl Armstrong walks through a one-year-old forest not far from the mouth of the Mississippi River, showing off some of the newest land in Louisiana.


Drought influencing Missouri River management plan

The flood of 2011 and the drought of 2012 will both likely influence how the Army Corps of Engineers manages the Missouri River in the upcoming year. The corps is holding six meetings in five states over four days on its annual operating plan for the river next year. Meetings were held Tuesday in the North Dakota capital of Bismarck and the South Dakota capital of Pierre. Residents and officials urged the corps to conserve water in upstream reservoirs as drought conditions persist, just a year after record summer flooding.


Experts take aim at threats facing the Mississippi River

Beginning with the dams and levees along its upper reaches and ending with the vanishing marshlands near its mouth, the Mississippi River carries the harmful legacy of decades' worth of alterations as it winds its way to the Gulf of Mexico.


Congressional outreach on Blue Ribbon Resiliency Leadership Forum findings

A letter from US Senator Vitter Urging Colleagues to Act on AWF Report


6 Southeast parishes unite for storm, flood protection

Harahan — Citing a belief that a united front will have the greatest impact, government leaders from across southeast Louisiana gathered in Jefferson Parish on Tuesday to present a 10-point plan they say will improve flood protection and emergency response throughout the region.


Guest column: We must be proactive to protect river

Perhaps no one understood the significance of the Mississippi River better than Mark Twain, who said, "It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable." But even Twain could not foresee the tremendous role his river would play in America's future.


Supreme Court: Must government pay compensation for dam’s temporary flooding?

When the government builds a dam, somebody’s going to get wet. The Supreme Court tried to decide Wednesday whether the government must pay when someone gets too wet, too often.


Wetlands Group Lobbies For Uniting Mississippi River Interests

An environmental group that’s been studying Gulf Coast wetlands for the past decade is shifting its attention north. The America’s Wetland Foundation is focusing on the source of delta construction: the Mississippi River. The new project is called The Big River Works.


Corps approves $2.9 billion MR-GO restoration plan, but demands state pay 35 percent of cost

The chief of the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday approved a $2.9 billion plan to restore wetlands destroyed by construction of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. But the corps continues to demand that Louisiana pay 35 percent of the construction costs, or $975 million, which the state is loath to do.


Study topic: Is La. coast too far gone to save?

LSU has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate whether southern coastal Louisiana has reached the tipping point, becoming too costly to sustain.


Ethics Class Explores Coastal Restoration

In its continuing exploration of the daunting challenges related to coastal restoration and water pollution, the EHS Ethics class hosted environmental and social justice activist, Willie Fontenot, on Tuesday, September 25.


EPA researchers are creating a state-of-the-art three-dimensional model of the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone.

Every summer a massive area of oxygen-starved water (up to 20,000 square kilometers or 7,772 sq. mi., roughly the size of New Jersey) forms across the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, adjacent to the mouth of the Mississippi River, killing bottom-dwelling marine life below and chasing some creatures farther out to sea.


Diana Pinckley: January 11, 1952 – September 26, 2012

If you can measure the value of a person’s life by the number of people she mentored and befriended, careers she launched and organizations she served, Diana Pinckley made her 60 years on earth valuable indeed. Smart, irreverent, professional, insightful, tenacious, supportive, witty, passionate — these are just a few of the words people use to describe her. During the past month, as she battled cancer, she described herself as a fighter. Now we remember all those other crusades she helped launch and, in the process, the many lives and organizations she nurtured.


Our Views: Report urges coastal action

The flooding in LaPlace caused by Hurricane Isaac could be a preview of things to come in Baton Rouge as Louisiana continues to lose parts of its coastline, a spokesman for a coastal preservation group told the Press Club of Baton Rouge recently.


Entergy CEO will be missed on climate change: Stephanie Grace

When Entergy Corp. Chairman and CEO Wayne Leonard retires in January, New Orleans' only Fortune 500 company will lose its longtime leader. But Leonard's absence will be felt beyond the utility's offices.

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