Latest Mississippi River Delta News: January 8, 2012
Oiled pelican photo in “HOLD BP ACCOUNTABLE” ad greets Justice employees at Washington Metro station
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). January 7, 2013.
“A photo of a struggling pelican coated with oil floating in the Gulf of Mexico now greets workers arriving at the Navy Archives Metro station, close to the Department of Justice’s Pennsylvania Avenue headquarters building…” (Read more)
Louisiana adds 11,145 acres to Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. January 7, 2013.
“Louisiana has purchased 11,145 acres of forested wetlands on the northern shoreline of Lake Maurepas to add to the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area, using money given the state under a settement with MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC over environmental issues involving the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill…” (Read more)
Hurricane Isaac’s legacy: wetland destruction, and a test of the New Orleans levees
By Dr. Jeff Masters, WunderBlog. January 7, 2013.
“The hurricane season of 2012 will rightfully be remembered for the legacy left behind by Hurricane Sandy. But in Louisiana, the other hurricane to affect the U.S. in 2012–Hurricane Isaac–left a legacy of its own. Isaac hit Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds on August 28, but the storm’s massive wind field brought a storm surge characteristic of a Category 2 hurricane to the coast…” (Read more)
Storm Panel Recommends Major Changes in New York
By Matthew L. Wald and Danny Hakim, The New York Times. January 6, 2013.
“A new commission formed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, charged with figuring out how New York should adapt in the long term to cope with worsening storms amid climate change and population growth, has recommended an extensive menu of programs: it includes turning some of the state’s industrial shoreline back into oyster beds, hardening the electric and natural gas systems, and improving the scope and availability of insurance coverage, according to a draft version obtained by The New York Times…” (Read more)
Army Corps, Coast Guard tamp down barge industry worries as Mississippi River gets ever lower
The Associated Press. January 4, 2013.
“ST. LOUIS — Efforts taken to keep a crucial stretch of the drought-starved Mississippi River open to barge traffic should be sufficient to avert a shipping shutdown that the industry fears is imminent, Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard officials said Friday…” (Read more)