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Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says

The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to the latest data published by federal agencies. More than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico; nationwide, most of the loss was blamed on development that incurred on freshwater wetlands.


Vitter Optimistic about WRDA Conference

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee and a member of the Conference Committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), made the following statement yesterday as the conference committee convened. “Chairman Boxer and I made the WRDA bill a top priority this year and put it on the fast track because it’s one of the single most significant pieces of legislation for Louisiana that we’ll vote on this year,” Vitter said. “We have the opportunity to reform the Corps of Engineers, streamline flood protection projects, finally get Morganza moving, and improve our waterways and infrastructure all in one bill. This is a huge benefit to the entire nation that is estimated to create up to 500,000 new jobs.”


Texas gets $8.8 million for Gulf restoration projects

GALVESTON — Some of the money set aside to resolve criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been earmarked for projects in Galveston Bay and at Galveston Island State Park.


Nonprofits important cog in coastal restoration

They arrived by barge to Raccoon Island, just south of Cocodrie, tall white sacks weighing in 2,000 pounds filled with what many of us might otherwise mistake for sandbags.


Gulf states get first $113M from oil spill pleas

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The five states that border the Gulf of Mexico are getting $113 million to improve the environment.


National Wildlife Refuges Found To Be Economic Drivers In Local Communities

A new study shows that national wildlife refuges across the country drive $2.4 billion into the economy and impact local communities.


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.

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