Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Dec. 11, 2014
National conservation coalition brings unified vision to Louisiana coastal restoration
By Kate Archer Kent, Red River Radio (Shreveport, La.). Dec. 10, 2014.
“A coalition of national environmental groups says the billions of dollars expected from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill penalties should go toward rapidly rebuilding Louisiana’s coastline…” (read more).
Solutions for Mississippi River Delta
By DredgingToday.com. Dec. 11, 2014.
“A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday released a report outlining 19 priority projects for restoring the Mississippi River Delta following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster…” (read more).
Spend It Wisely: Restoration Dollars for the Gulf of Mexico
By Public News Service. Dec. 10, 2014.
“How should the windfall of billions be spent that will be available to Gulf states such as Florida as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill? According to a report released today by the National Wildlife Federation, the answer is to get to the heart of the water source…” (read more).
Environmental groups outline 19 La. projects for RESTORE funding (part 2 of 2)
By Laurie Wiegler, Examiner.com. Dec. 10, 2014.
“Yesterday, Dec. 9 the Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation and the National Audubon Society jointly put out a report detailing the programs they urge the RESTORE Council to fund. Earlier this month, the RESTORE Council released a list of projects of interest…” (read more).
Feds boost liability cap for oil spills
By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Fuel Fix (Houston). Dec. 11, 2014.
“Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster dramatically illustrated the high price tag of cleaning up oil spills, the Obama administration hiked the amount of money companies must pay after the incidents…” (read more).
The Plan to Save Louisiana’s Coast Is a ‘Moon Shot’
By Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian.com. Dec. 10, 2014.
“Saving Louisiana’s critical wetland habitat—threatened by the rising seas of climate change and carved away by our quest for oil and gas—is an endeavor of enormous scope. Bob Marshall, in ProPublica’s investigation into the expensive and ambitious plan, writes:…” (read more).
LOUISIANA BARRIER ISLAND RESTORATION PROJECT BEGINS
By Kevin Wilcox, Civil Engineering magazine. Dec. 9, 2014.
“Field investigation work is under way on a coastal restoration project southwest of New Orleans to rebuild East Timbalier Island, part of a barrier island chain that separates Terrebonne and Timbalier bays from the Gulf of Mexico. These islands — and the crucial role they play in dissipating storm surges — came into sharp focus in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina…” (read more).
The Plan To Save Louisiana’s Coast Costs More Than The Manhattan Project
By Sarah Zhang, Gizmodo.com. Dec. 9, 2014.
“Louisiana is sinking, faster than you might think. Every hour, it loses more than a football field-sized chunk of land to the ocean. Or, to use ProPublica’s more evocative words, it’s like “a layer cake made of Jell-O, floating in a swirling Jacuzzi of steadily warming, rising water.” To save its disintegrating coastline, Louisiana will need a “moon shot” plan and somehow come up with $US50 billion…” (read more).
Hurricane center: New warnings on storm surge
By the Associated Press. Dec. 11, 2014.
“If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday…” (read more).