Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Dec. 9, 2015
From Paris: Mayor Landrieu Touts New Orleans’ Resilience
By Tegan Wendland, WWNO (New Orleans). Dec. 9, 2015.
“New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pledging to reduce the city’s emissions and invest in its ability to cope with extreme weather caused by climate change. By signing the Compact of Mayors in Paris last week, Landrieu joins 20 other mayors pledging to do things like build more bike lanes, get people to use LED lights and build energy-efficient buildings. New Orleans is already part of the 100 Resilient Cities project and has developed a plan to improve water management and decrease emissions…” (read more).
Report offers range of economic loss from vanishing coast
By Meredith Burns, Houma Courier. Dec. 5, 2015.
“The state and national economies could lose billions of dollars if land loss continues in coastal Louisiana, according to a recent study by Louisiana State University and the RAND Corporation…” (read more).
Pushing to improve the Mississippi River watershed’s economy and environment
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Dec. 4, 2015.
“A collaborative of public and private leaders living and working in the huge watershed of the Mississippi River is using a failing report card they gave to the system’s economy and environment earlier this year to spur support for spending as much as $1 billion a year on improvements…” (read more).
Residents see benefits since launch of Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan
By Kweilyn Murphy, WDSU-TV (New Orleans). Dec. 8, 2015.
“State, local, and grassroots leaders gathered Tuesday to review the progress of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan that was launched in 2013…” (read more).
Water, water everywhere in New Orleans. How can we manage it?: Robin Barnes
Opinion by Robin Barnes, GNO Inc. The Times-Picayune. Dec. 7, 2015.
“As we switch out hurricane season for our preferred seasons — the holidays and Mardi Gras — we can breathe a sigh of relief for another year that we have avoided major storm surges, wind damage and evacuation. Life is good!…” (read more).
11 more young whooping cranes arrive in SW Louisiana
By The Associated Press, Dec. 4, 2015.
“Eleven young whooping cranes have arrived in southwest Louisiana, where biologists hope a small flock eventually will become self-sustaining, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said…” (read more).