Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 14, 2013

05.14.2013 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — How We Got This Way, Part 1
By Bob Marshall, WWNO (New Orleans). May 14, 2013.
“Anyone flying into New Orleans on a clear day now looks down on a panorama of delicate marsh floating like green lace on the brown waters of the Mississippi delta. Those wetlands seem endless — stretching to the horizons…” (Read more)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation fund is launched to restore Louisiana, Gulf Coast natural resources
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). May 13, 2013.
“The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on Monday announced the creation of a fund that will administer $2.5 billion from criminal plea agreements approved earlier this year between BP and Transocean and the federal government concerning the companies’ roles in the blowout of BP’s Macondo oil well, the fire and explosion aboard Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed 11 crew members, and the ensuing three-month uncontrolled release of oil into the Gulf of Mexico…” (Read more)

New Data Shows Mitigation Banks Can Speed Approval Process
By Jemma Penelope, Ecosystem Marketplace). May 13, 2013.
“13 May 2013 | NEW ORLEANS | USA | Mitigation bankers have long claimed that their combination of simplicity, commodification, and regulation offers the most environmentally effective and economically efficient vehicle for approving development projects that require mitigation…” (Read more)

Saving the delta is a pipe dream sans sediment diversion projects.
By Len Bahr, LaCoast Post. May 13, 2013.
“Last week the concentration of atmospheric CO2 reached 400 ppm, more than at any time in human history. This is the legacy of a century of accelerating combustion of fossil carbon, which has triggered dramatic changes in a climate pattern that had been extraordinarily stable for eleven millennia. The world ocean is warming, expanding and becoming more acidic, with very serious coastal consequences…” (Read more)

The River and the Dredge build land together
By Scott Eustis, Gulf Restoration Network. May 13, 2013.
“As you may have seen from our last GulfTides video, some of the money from BP fines will pay to build land using the Mississippi River. Restoring the river to the delta is the “lynchpin” of Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration program, as embodied in the Coastal Master Plan…” (Read more)