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1.26.14

Strategy looks to river diversions for help with Gulf ‘dead zone’

A proposed new strategy for reducing the annual “dead zone” off Louisiana’s Gulf coast relies heavily on the promise of river water diversions to remove nutrients that deplete oxygen levels to the point they no longer support aquatic life.

1.26.14

Climate could change Mississippi

The effects of climate change are often described in global terms, but they also could take a big toll on one of Minnesota’s — and St. Cloud’s — most prized natural resources.

1.24.14

AWF gets its game on during Super Bowl XLVIII

It’s going to take a team effort to save America’s WETLAND for future generations, and it's time for Louisiana to get its game on. To help rally people together and promote cooperative commitments to coastal restoration, AWF is taking its GAME ON! message to the airways before and during Super Bowl XLVIII. A preview of the Super Bowl spot is below, and we ask you to pass along the link to friends and colleagues and post it on your own sites and social media pages.

1.24.14

Saving the coast: the issue of our lifetime

When it comes to issues of wetlands loss, oil exploration and climate change, a new survey by the group America’s Wetlands reveals surprising consensus among Republicans, Democrats and independents.

1.23.14

Poll: 74 percent say saving La. coast top issue in their lifetimes

Nearly three in four respondents said saving Louisiana’s coast is the most important issue of their lifetime, according to a poll conducted for the America’s Wetland Foundation.

1.23.14

Survey: Majority of La. residents say coastal erosion biggest issue in lifetime

NEW ORLEANS -- A new random survey of people in Louisiana finds that 74 percent believe the loss of coastal wetlands is the most important issue in their lifetime.

1.22.14

Poll: Most Louisianians see climate change as serious problem

In a state not known for progressive thinking on the environment, a recent poll showed 72 percent of Louisiana residents believe climate change is a serious problem that threatens everyone, in sharp contrast to what many elected leaders have said and done about the issue.

1.21.14

TUESDAY: Sidney Coffee, Val Marmillion, Tony Guarisco, Vincent Bruno, & Michael Mann

Jim Engster interviews Sidney Coffee & Val Marmillion of America's Wetlands about coastal erosion, former Democratic state senator Tony Guarisco and Republican Vincent Bruno discuss Senator Vitter's announced intent to run for the Governor's office in 2015 and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's scandals, and Michael Mann of the Better Government Party on his organization's goals.

1.16.14

Coastal authority, levee board attorneys at odds over lawsuit

The state’s coastal authority wants to investigate whether the contract is legal between the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East and its attorneys in its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.

1.15.14

Texas A&M report says sea-level rising

Sea-level rise is not the type of looming coastal natural hazard that announces itself with the roaring bravado of a hurricane, but it is there, in the details of the storm, and will only get worse in the absence of public sentiment to address the issue, says a Texas A&M University researcher and one of the state’s leading coastal development experts.

1.15.14

Louisiana's top coastal official may explore lawsuit to block levee board suit against energy companies

Louisiana's top coastal restoration body on Wednesday gave its chairman the green light to determine whether the agency can sue to try to derail a controversial wetlands damages lawsuit filed by the east bank levee authority against energy companies in July.

1.14.14

Public outcry prompts delay in federal flood insurance rate hikes

WASHINGTON An uproar from affected property owners was enough to unite oft-polarized members of Congress into delaying some steep hikes in federal flood insurance premiums until October, perhaps presaging a bigger rollback of the financially ailing program’s 2012 overhaul.

1.13.14

New USGS Data Portal Provides Access to More Than a Century of Sediment Data

A new online, interactive sediment data portal represents the best available compendium of suspended sediment data for streams and rivers across the Nation.

1.12.14

Senate should hit pause button on flood insurance rate hikes: Editorial

With a growing list of horror stories about the effects of massive increases in flood insurance premiums, the U.S. Senate finally seems poised to vote on postponing the rate hikes. The delay is vital not only to south Louisiana but to thousands of coastal residents from Texas to Maine and along hundreds of inland rivers across the nation.

1.9.14

The Mississippi River Is A Land-Making Machine: Dredgefest 2014

Rivers move. They move water, obviously. They move earth, too. Vast amounts of it. The Mississippi and its tributaries pick up about 200 million tons of sediment from the continental US and dump it into the Gulf of Mexico, every year. All that silt and sand and mud and muck gets sprayed out at the river's mouth. Historically, a lot of it got washed away by the ocean, but not all of it, not fast enough. Over the last 4,000 years, that steady accumulation—which was once at least twice its current volume—formed the southern half of what is now Louisiana. Geographer Richard Campanella has called the Mississippi River "the land-making machine." It makes land. At least, it used to.

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