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Oil Boom Increases Barge Operators' Fortunes

The rising tide of North American oil is lifting a lot of barges, as energy companies increasingly turn to rivers and coastal waterways to get U.S. and Canadian crude to refineries.


Restrooms or Wetlands: How Should Texas Spend BP Spill Money?

Bad as the BP Deepwater Horizon spill was with its oil tainting miles of Texas beaches (36 miles to be exact, according to the state), there is now restoration money floating into Texas. As part of an agreement reached in 2011 for “early oil spill restoration,” BP is paying Texas and four other Gulf Coast states a total of $1 billion. Texas’s portion is $100 million.


WWL's Garland Robinette Talk's to AWF about 'Issue Of Our Lifetime'

AWF Managing Director Val Marmillion and Senior Policy Advisor Sidney Coffee joined WWL's Garland Robinette to talk about teamwork to save coastal Louisiana in light of AWF's recent statewide poll, which found that 74% of Louisiana residents call coastal restoration the 'issue of our lifetime


Louisiana-Army Corps agreement to provide new money for coastal restoration projects

Louisiana may have found an unusual source of money to help pay for restoring the state’s coastal wetlands: fees required of developers by the Army Corps of Engineers to compensate for damage they expect to do to wetlands.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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