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Groups concerned RESTORE Act money will be diverted from coast

With the state less than two months away from the opening of its 2013 Legislative session, conservation groups are concerned a big pile of money heading Louisiana's way for coastal restoration may get diverted to fill budget shortfalls or be otherwise misused.


Harkin Seeks Reason for Missouri Water Release After Snub

An Iowa senator demanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explain why it refused to use Missouri River water to replenish the drought-stricken Mississippi a day after it approved releasing water for oil drilling. “Corps leaders have a responsibility to explain this turn of events -- and not just to Congress, but to Iowa communities and others like them up and down the Mississippi River that rely on the river for moving goods,” Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, said today in an e-mailed statement.


Longtime Oyster Farmer, Voice In Katrina Aftermath Dies

Longtime listeners to Weekend Edition will remember Mike Voisin, owner of an oyster processing operation in Houma, La. Former host Liane Hansen visited him several times in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He passed away earlier this month after suffering a heart attack at the age of 59.


Corps Clears Water Release, Snubs Mississippi Shippers

The U.S. military approved diverting surplus water from a Missouri River reservoir in December, a day before telling the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat the water was unavailable to keep the drought-stricken Mississippi River open to shipping.


Mike Voisin’s Strong, Calm Seafood Voice Goes Silent

At 10:38 am on what was a sunny Saturday morning, the mood darkened in southern Louisiana as the state and Gulf seafood industries lost one of their strongest voices. Michael C. Voisin, owner of Motivatit Seafoods and a current Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner, died in intensive care from a massive heart condition while at Terrebonne General Hospital in his hometown of Houma.





Louisiana needs to work with Washington to save the coast: Letter

Re: "La. needs federal help to restore our coast," Reflections, Jan. 27. It is rarely with such clarity that a columnist zeros in on the obvious.


How Drought on Mississippi River Impacts You

But if you think that is the worst thing that's happened this winter to the river, you'd be wrong. The middle Mississippi—the 200-mile (322-kilometer) stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois—is experiencing drought conditions unrivaled in the last 50 years. That's been the case since November. From December to March, this part of the river is always at its lowest because extra feed from the Missouri is cut off when that river's navigation season ends. The Mississippi typically loses about three feet at St. Louis as a result.


Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River

Low water upstream threatens cargo traffic, and saltwater has encroached on the mouth of the river. Now, officials up and down the river are talking about the need for a comprehensive water resources plan.


Healthy fields and rivers are this farmer's life work

Educator and long-time Dakota County farmer Dave Legvold is doing more than his share to keep farm fertilizer runoff out of the nearby Canon River and other tributaries of the Mississippi River. Legvold, a former Richfield science teacher and principal, believes in using fact-based information to determine how much fertilizer and plowing is needed.


What is Our Coast Worth (In Dollars)?

Our coastal wetlands have immeasurable worth to Louisiana in terms of culture. Our history, art, celebrations, recreational opportunities and so much more are tied to the muddy waters and vast green expanse of our swamps, forests and coastal marsh. Our love for our land defines us as a people, and we often cite it to those who are not from here as the main reason why Louisiana’s coast is worth saving.


Land project could begin in ’13

Construction on a 13-mile pipeline that will deliver Mississippi River sediment into the Barataria Basin to create coastal land could start later this year. The long-distance sediment pipeline project involves building a structure that goes over the Mississippi River levee and crosses under La. 23 and a railroad, which will stay in place. A contractor will then build a pipeline that will head south and southwest from the river to two project locations.


App may help track cultural impact of coastal erosion in south La.

An Internet-based app under development may help a Web app may help document the disappearing culture of south Louisiana communities are they are displaced by coastal erosion. Called "Vanishing Points," the app is being developed by Florida International University student Sandra Maina, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.


New Web app could document land loss

Technology has connected people all over the globe in ways never anticipated. Now, a Web app may document the disappearing culture in Terrebonne Parish communities for the world to see. Called “Vanishing Points,” the app is being developed by Florida International University student Sandra Maina, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.


Dredgers Keep Mississippi Navigation Channel Open (USA)

Beginning in May 2012, and continuing these days, Corps and private dredgers contracted by the Corps, worked around the clock, seven days a week, to remove sediment deposited by the 2011 flood and fight extreme low-water conditions.

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