Delta Dispatches: Cameron Parish Port, Coastal Funding and In the Blind Documentary

Delta Dispatches: Cameron Parish Port, Coastal Funding and In the Blind Documentary

Thanks for listening to this week’s Delta Dispatches! Simone and Jacques open the show talking to Clair Hebert Marceaux, Port Director for the Cameron Parish Port. Clair talks about her career and how went from an English teacher to one of Louisiana’s coastal leaders. In the final segment of the show, they’re joined by Emma Reid, director of the new documentary, In the Blind, which follows the history of duck hunters’ role in coastal restoration in Louisiana.   Listen Now:

Using the Mississippi River to Build Land at Fort St. Phillip

12.05.2019 | Posted by Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation

The Fort St. Phillip Crevasse in Plaquemines Parish resulted from the Mississippi River Flood of 1973, one of the largest floods ever recorded. Levee failures upriver in St. Louis, Missouri led to three out of four of the lower Mississippi’s floodways being operated to reduce flood pressure against levees, maintain navigation along the river and protect nearby communities. About 20 miles upriver from where the toes of the Mississippi’s Birdsfoot Delta meet the Gulf of Mexico, the river breached the …

Delta Dispatches: The Positive Effects of Closing MRGO

Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. Today hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz are joined by frequent guests Dr. John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Dr. Alisha Renfro of the National Wildlife Federation. In this episode, we talk about the science of coastal restoration including 2019’s high river, the impacts of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), the upcoming State of the Coast conference, and volunteer opportunities to help our coast!   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Future Leaders in Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Jacques Hebert, and Simone Maloz. Today we’re talking to future leaders in coastal restoration! Today’s first guest is Milan Mardia, senior at Jesuit High School. Milan has presented to the CPRA Board about educating younger generations of coastal advocates and is learning how A.I. (artificial intelligence) could enhance how we approach coastal projects. Check out Milan’s website dedicated to Louisiana’s coastal restoration. Next up is Martin Mantz, Coastal Restoration Program Manager at Nunez …

Delta Dispatches: Talking Coastal Science with Don Boesch

Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. Today talks with one of the most celebrated coastal scientists in the country, Don Boesch, Professor and President Emeritus at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. They talk about his distinguished career including his time as the first director of LUMCON, and his experience on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010. …

MRGO Closure Has a Greater Impact on Coastal Restoration and Recovery Than Ever Imagined

10.04.2019 | Posted by John Lopez, Director, Coastal Sustainability Program, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

After decades of decline, the Pontchartrain Basin is ready for restoration as a result of the closure of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO). The closures, a navigational closure and a surge barrier, have managed to bring historical salinity gradients back to over a million acres of coastal habitat. This means that the basin will be able to support a variety of species, ranging from cypress trees to oysters, while work is done to restore the vital storm surge buffer …

Delta Dispatches: Bonus Episode with Shannon Cunniff!

On today’s bonus episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques sits down with Shannon Cunniff, who recently retired after 27 years working at the heart of environmental policy. Shannon discusses her career highlights, ranging from working for a federal agency at the intersection of water resources and coastal resilience to working for the Environmental Defense Fund and serving as a board member for the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. In this interview Jacques and Shannon talk about her inspirational career – …

Delta Dispatches: Coastal Management in Jefferson Parish

On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we talk with Lauren Averill, Jefferson Parish Coastal Zone Director, and ASPBA Central Gulf Coast Board member. Lauren discusses the history and importance of coastal management in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana’s most populous coastal parish, and highlights a number of restoration projects underway in the parish.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Celebrating #NationalEstuariesWeek

On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we’re celebrating #NationalEstuariesWeek! Our friend Kristi Trail, executive director of Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, drops by to talk about one of our favorite estuaries, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin! Learn more about this vital ecosystem and work LPBF is doing to protect it 30 years after the organization’s founding. Later in the show, Simone and Jacques are joined by Angela Chalk, executive director of Healthy Community Services to talk about the importance of water …

The Bivalve that Could Help Save the Coast

09.18.2019 | By By Deborah Abibou, Restoration Programs Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Oysters are a part of our culture Oysters are a Louisiana cornerstone—they’re tasty, they’re beautiful, they bring people together and they just might save the coast. The unparalleled Louisiana oyster is equally at home in the bourgeoisie fine dining establishments and the laissez-faire po’ boy shop, and they have landed in some of the region’s signature dishes: oysters Rockefeller, oyster dressing and seafood gumbo. Culinary kudos aside, these intricate invertebrates hide a strikingly beautiful surprise on the inside. Their artistic …

National Estuaries Week 2019: Why it Matters and How to Celebrate

09.16.2019 | Posted by Grace Tucker, Program Coordinator, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund

National Estuaries Week was founded in 1988 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a single day to encourage exploration and appreciation of local estuaries. It’s now become a weeklong celebration of the myriad benefits that bays and estuaries provide to communities nationwide, thanks to groups like Restore America’s Estuaries and others. What is an estuary? Estuaries are essentially where rivers meet the sea. The intermingling of fresh water draining in from the river and salt water coming …

Delta Dispatches: Fishing Louisiana’s Coast with Chris Macaluso & Todd Masson

On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we’re talking fish! Today’s first guest is Chris Macaluso, Director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He reflects on the state of Louisiana’s fisheries after a historic year of Mississippi River flooding. Simone and Jacques also talk with another prolific fisherman, Todd Masson, host of the Marsh Man Masson YouTube channel. In the last segment, Greg Lambousy, Director of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, joins the show …

Delta Dispatches: Covering Louisiana’s Wild Weather with Steve Caparotta

On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we talk with Steve Caparotta, meteorologist for WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jacques and Simone are excited to talk to another of Louisiana’s most respected meteorologists. Steve talks about how Louisiana floods, the increase in extreme weather, and how the map of our state has changed. In the final act of the show, we’re joined by David Muth, director of gulf restoration for the National Wildlife Federation. David talks about the Davis Pond …

This Living Shoreline Project Gives New Life to Marsh and Fisheries

08.23.2019 | Posted by Emily Vuxton, Policy Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

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 their importance. The Biloxi Marsh is in St. Bernard Parish in Eloi Bay, which is in the Breton-Chandeleur basin. …

Delta Dispatches: New Louisiana Poll – 98% Want to Maintain as Much of Louisiana’s Coast as Possible

On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, hosts Jacques and Simone are joined by Mark Sickle, Corporate and Government Relations for Weeks Marine and Bernie Pinsonat, formerly a partner at ‎Southern Media & Opinion Research, Inc. and now commissions polls for Bernie Pinsonat Inc. Mark kicks off the show to talk about Weeks Marine’s new dredge, which will be used for the upcoming Terrebonne Basin Barrier Island project, which includes West Bell Headlands, Timbalier Island and Trinity East Island. On the …