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7.31.14

'Accidental’ rebuilding of Wax Lake Delta shows promise of diversion projects

Take a boat ride down the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, hang a right at Mallard Pass and you’re heading into an area of south Louisiana that’s seen consistent coastal marsh growth during the past several decades. The landscape of waterway-lined willow trees gradually gives way to fields of American water lilies and then to marsh grass and finally to large expanses of mud flats the farther south you travel into the Wax Lake Delta.

7.31.14

America's WETLAND Foundation Adresses CEER 2014

On Wednesday, America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) Managing Director Val Marmillion moderated a plenary session entitled "Mississippi River Restoration" at the 2014 Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration (CEER) at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.

7.29.14

Hello From New Orleans...

Hello from New Orleans and the 2014 Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration ("CEER 2014"). The week-long conference will highlight many Mississippi River Basin and Louisiana Gulf Coast studies and remedial efforts (there are 146 citations for the "Mississippi River," 21 for the "Louisiana coast," and 71 for the "Gulf of Mexico" in the conference abstract compilation). Tuesday's opening plenary session for the conference will feature remarks by R. King Milling, CEER 2014 Honorary Chair, and Chair of Louisiana Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation. Wednesday's morning plenary session will deal with "Mississippi River Restoration," when speakers seek to frame the nature and scope of action required to sustainably manage the Mississippi River system; assuring the integrity of its natural resources and assets. Moderated by Val Marmillion of America’s Wetland Foundation, the Wednesday session contributors include Edward E. Belk, Jr., Director of Programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division; Gary LaGrange, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans; Robert Twilley, Executive Director, LSU Sea Grant College Program; and Kirk Hanlin, Assistant Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Friday morning's plenary will focus on "Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration – RESTORE – Deepwater Horizon," and feature a discussion of restoration plans and programs such as RESTORE, NRDA funding of projects, the Gulf Environmental Fund and the Louisiana State Master Plan. That session's speakers include Justin Ehrenwerth, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council; Kyle Graham, Executive Director, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Tanner Johnson, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Director (Louisiana and Texas) (Moderator: Don Boesch, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science).

7.29.14

AWF Chairman Delivers Keynote Address at CEER2014

7.26.14

What Is News?

FORT-DAUPHIN, Madagascar — WITH the world going crazy, I tried running away from the news. It didn’t work.

7.25.14

States Against E.P.A. Rule on Carbon Pollution Would Gain, Study Finds

WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma are among the most vocal Republican skeptics of the science that burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, but a new study to be released Thursday found that their states would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change.

7.24.14

Report: N.O. could become a world leader in flood losses

Annual flood loss projections are dire for New Orleans, which ranks fourth in the world behind only two other U.S. cities and a city in China, if the nation doesn’t do a better job of managing the risk associated with living near the coast, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Research Council.

7.12.14

Louisiana Businesses Scramble as State Loses Manhattan-Size Chunks of Land Yearly to Climate Change

Now, shifting climate conditions mean tropical storms and hurricanes may become stronger and more frequent, worsening risks in Louisiana, according to research from the Rand Corp. A 2012 coastal management plan connected to that research projects that flooding damage along Louisiana's coast could cost $2.4bn annually, while flooding damage throughout the state could total $23.4bn each year.

7.12.14

Envisioning Profit in Environmental Good Works

ABOARD THE DREDGE BUTCHER, OFF THE LOUISIANA COAST — All day and all night, this ship off a knob of Louisiana at Alligator Bend sucks up silt from the floor of Lake Borgne and pumps it through a half-mile of fat steel pipe. At the other end, a slurry gushes noisily out into what was until recently a stretch of open water. New land is rising here, forming mud flats that will soon be covered with waving spartina grass.

7.6.14

Migratory bird program helping wildlife, popular with farmers

Four years ago, as oil continued to spew into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, state and federal biologists started making plans to help the future of wildlife in Louisiana wetlands. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding just how much and where oil could penetrate into Louisiana wetlands and marshes, planning began to create wintering habitats to prevent at least some migrating birds from settling into oiled areas.

6.30.14

A chance to protect Texas' fish, wildlife

It doesn't matter if they are grilled, fried, boiled, sautéed or chilled, Texans love their shrimp. And the shrimp industry is big business in our state, generating more than $2 billion in sales impacts every year.

6.29.14

Our Views: Together for the river

The great river that is the source of much of Louisiana’s land, and for centuries one of America’s great arteries of commerce, needs some TLC.

6.25.14

AWF's Val Marmillion and Risky Business Project's Matt Lewis featured in interview with Garland Robinette

Garland talks global warming with Val Marmillion of America's Wetland Foundation and Matt Lewis of the Risky Business Project.

6.20.14

Entergy Research: Gulf Coast Infrastructure at Mercy of Big Storms

At a recent summit in New York's financial district, the news was pay now or pay much more later. Speakers either showed scientific evidence of potential disasters because of sea level rise or the enormous costs brought about by the most costly storms: Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

6.19.14

Australian Broadcasting Corporation airs AWF interview for coastal land loss segment

On Tuesday, June 17 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) aired a television news segment on the increasing loss of coastal wetland in southern Louisiana.

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