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President Obama Visits Port of New Orleans, Tours Container Terminal

President Barack Obama toured the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal and spoke to a crowd of more than 500 on the importance of growing the nation’s economy through increased exports. He highlighted the 60 percent of the nation’s grain that is exported by ports along the Lower Mississippi River from states, such as his home state of Illinois.


For Strengthening Levees, Bermuda Grass Is Hard To Beat

The idea that grass can armor anything is hard to believe. But on a recent visit to the Lake Pontchartrain levee, LSU agronomist Jeff Beasley explained how plain old, garden variety grass has earned a reputation with the US Army Corps of Engineers as one of the best armoring materials to keep the huge mud walls of a levee from collapsing during a storm.


Obama to push infrastructure spending

President Obama will argue that infrastructure improvements are necessary to facilitate growth in U.S. exports and jobs creation during a trip to the Port of New Orleans on Friday.


Oyster threat signals sea change

It was a bold man who first ate an oyster. But it took some real chutzpah to try cutting off Texas oysters' water supply.


Federal study: Upper Mississippi River Refuge's yearly economic benefit is more than $161M

THOMSON, Illinois — A new analysis estimates the economic benefit of the national wildlife refuge on the upper Mississippi River at more than $161 million in the 2011 fiscal year.


Mississippi River to be part of worldwide tourism branding

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.


Shell continues major commitment to gulf marine habitat

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.


The Water Institute of the Gulf's Request for Proposals: Fish and Shellfish Modeling

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.


The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Diversions?

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.


Major Oyster Reef Rebuilding Begins on Texas Coast

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.


What are the wetlands worth?

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.


Natural Allies for the Next Sandy

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.


Legislature takes testimony on flood insurance rates

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.


Mississippi River Mayors Cite Feds for Lack of Money

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.


5-Mile Stretch of Beach Could Become Part of National Seashore

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.

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