Delta Dispatches: Flying over Louisiana’s Coast with SouthWings

Delta Dispatches: Flying over Louisiana’s Coast with SouthWings

Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. On today’s show, our hosts Simone Maloz and Jacques Hebert have a conversation with David Moore, the Aviation Director of SouthWings. SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization that provides a network of volunteer pilots to advocate for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight. David talks about his journey to SouthWings and how you can join their network of pilots! Later in the …

Optimizing River Diversions in Order to Maximize Sediment Retention and Land Building

05.23.2019 | By Molly Keogh, Coastal Geologist

Over the last century, human engineering of the Mississippi River has greatly reduced the amount of sediment delivered to wetlands in the Mississippi River Delta. Half of the river’s sediment is trapped behind upstream dams and, in the lower river, levees block the rest of the sediment from reaching wetlands during floods. Yet, despite the river’s reduced sediment load, the rapid growth of the Wax Lake Delta in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin shows that the remaining sediment in the Mississippi River …

Delta Dispatches: Everlab 2019 – Connecting the Environment and Economy

Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Simone Maloz & Jacques Hebert. Today’s first guest is Robin Barnes, Executive VP and COO of GNO, Inc. She preview’s GNO, Inc.’s upcoming Everlab conference (June 4th), at the NOPSI hotel. In the second half, Marissa Allweiss Wendte, Development and Membership Director at CRCL joins the show to discuss an upcoming event, the CRCL Shell-A-Bration. Register to attend Everlab and use our special promo code GEAUX to get a 20% discount!   Listen …

Delta Dispatches: Lighthouses, Docents and Volunteer Opportunities in Coastal Louisiana

Today on Delta Dispatches, Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your host Simone Maloz! She’s joined by guest host Chris Cook, Lighthouse Director at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Chris talks about his path to LPBF, his passion for history, and his work at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s historic lighthouse. Chris and Simone also talk about LBPF’s upcoming Beach Sweep and other upcoming volunteer opportunities. Rebecca Triche, Executive Director at the Louisiana Wildlife Federation joins Simone to talk opportunities happening across the …

This Massive Coastal Restoration Project Will Defend Southwest Louisiana

05.02.2019 | Posted by Emily Vuxton, Policy Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Restoration

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits to reduce land loss, restore ecosystems, and maintain healthy and diverse habitat. In our “Restoration Project Highlights” series, we take a deeper look at specific projects from our list of Priority Projects, highlighting why they’re needed and hearing local perspectives on importance. The Chenier Plain, located in Southwest Louisiana, is part of the Calcasieu-Sabine Basin and home to the Calcasieu …

Delta Dispatches: Nurturing Nature with Journalist Ken Wells

Today on Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques speak with journalist and author Ken Wells. He talks about his history with both the Houma Courier and Wall Street Journal, how journalism has changed and tells some stories from his years as a journalist. Ken has also written nonfiction books including “Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou.” Earlier this month, Ken is now a freelance journalist and wrote an insightful article in U.S. News about Louisiana’s land loss crisis. Later in …

Delta Dispatches: 10X Conference – Resilience, Adaptation and Innovation

    On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches with Simone and Jacques are joined by two participants in the second-annual 10X Water Summit. First, they sit down with David Festa, senior vice president, ecosystems at the Environmental Defense Fund to talk about issues of water management from Louisiana to California. Later, they’re also joined by Justin Ehrenwerth, president and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf to talk about his work and this year’s 10X Summit in Phoenix.   …

Delta Dispatches: Communities & Climate Resilience in New Orleans

  Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. Today’s topic is communities and the coast, with special guest Angela Chalk, Executive Director of Healthy Community Services.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Freshwater Diversions with Erin Plitsch

Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. This week Simone and Jacques talk with Erin Plitsch of Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. Erin is a Coastal Resources Scientist with CPRA’s Operations Division in New Orleans and also serves as Chair of the Caernarvon and Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion technical working groups.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches – Building a Coastal Work Force: Nunez and Fletcher Community Colleges

Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. On today’s episode, Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor of Fletcher Technical Community College joins the show today to talk about workforce development, coastal literacy, and much more! Dr. Strickland was awarded Educator of the Year by Lafourche Chamber of Commerce at its 2017 Annual Awards Banquet. She’s followed by Martin Mantz, Coastal Restoration Program Manager at Nunez Community College who discusses ongoing and upcoming coastal restoration projects.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Bonnet Carre’s Unprecedented 2019 Opening

Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. On today’s show, Kristi Trail of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation talks to Jacques and Simone about the unprecedented opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway for the third time in four years. Chip Kline, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) also stops by to talk about the Bonnet Carré opening is an opportunity for people to pay attention to what we’re trying to do in …

Exploring the Connections between the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico

03.06.2019 | Posted by Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation

The Mississippi River has long been recognized as an important influence to the Gulf of Mexico, but to date, there have been few efforts to effectively summarize all the ways the river impacts the larger Gulf ecosystem. With funding from the NOAA RESTORE Science Program, a working group of scientists came together to analyze what is known – and what remains unknown—about the effects the Mississippi River and its delta have on the Gulf to help guide decision-makers as they …

Unprecedented Repeat Opening of Bonnet Carré Spillway Underscores Need to Manage Mississippi River Differently

Conservation Groups Emphasize Currently Untapped Coastal Restoration Potential of River (NEW ORLEANS – February 27, 2019) On Wednesday, February 27, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) plans to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway in St. Charles Parish, alleviating pressure on downriver levees and preventing flooding. An unprecedented event, this will mark the third time the spillway is opened in the last four years – the first time in history to be opened in back-to-back years. It is the result …

Congress is Setting Out to Tackle Climate Change and Coastal Louisiana is in the Spotlight.

02.26.2019 | Posted by Grace Tucker, Program Associate , Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

Earlier this month, the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife hosted a hearing on “Healthy Oceans and Healthy Communities: the State of our Oceans in the 21st Century.” This was one in a series of hearings hosted by the House Committee on Natural Resources, all discussing climate change and its impacts. And at this hearing, the story of coastal Louisianans was front and center. To learn more about the impacts of climate change on coastal and fishing communities, the …

Delta Dispatches: Restoring the Gulf for Birds and People

Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Simone Maloz and Jacques Hebert! On today’s show Kara Lankford, Director of Gulf Coast Restoration at National Audubon Society, stops by to about Audubon’s latest Comprehensive Gulf Restoration Plan. The report highlights projects and programs critical to helping the region. Later on the show, Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon, Louisiana, joins the show to talk about the elusive Black Rail and why coastal restoration is so important for shorebirds.   Listen …