Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 17, 2015

08.17.2015 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Our Views: Threat to Louisiana’s people, heritage due to coastal erosion, rising seas is real
The Advocate. August 17, 2015
Sometimes, the phraseology makes Louisiana’s plight seem academic, but coastal land loss and rising sea levels have had a huge impact on our state within living memory. This is not an issue of 100 years ago or 200 years ago, but very much a contemporary impact on our way of life.” (Read More)

Five Louisiana projects under consideration for Funding under Restore Act
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. August 16, 2015
Louisiana residents can comment on a proposed $51.9 million in projects that could get funding through the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council role in the RESTORE Act. Each state and federal agency involved in the council got the chance to recommend five projects for funding. All five of Louisiana’s projects were accepted for consideration.” (Read More)

Ten years later, the lessons of Hurricane Katrina apply to all of us
By Jeb Sharp, PRI. August 14, 2015
The 100-year-standard is a weak standard. The state recognizes that, which is why, in their own master plan for coastal restoration and protection, their standard is 500 years. They’re moving slowly to get to that. There is a recognition that coastal erosion is a major problem as a result of sea level rise and local subsidence, with subsidence being the bigger one of the issues there. That plan is a 50-year, $50 billion program that the state, now with money from the BP settlement, will have an opportunity to really pour money into — at least in the first 15 years.” (Read More)