Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Nov. 5, 2015
$15 million from BP settlement goes to Jefferson coastal work
By Diana Samuels, The Times-Picayune. Nov. 4, 2015.
“Jefferson Parish’s coastal communities will get at least $15 million — and possibly as much as $60 million — for flood protection and coastal restoration. Breaking a months-long stalemate, the Parish Council voted unanimously Wednesday (Nov. 4) to divide about $35 million in BP settlement money it received for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil disaster…” (read more).
Levee taxes are essential to keeping us safe from storms: Editorial
By The Editorial Board, The Times-Picayune. Nov. 4, 2015.
“The greater New Orleans area has significantly better storm protection today than when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 and levees were overwhelmed. There is still more work to be done, though, and the levees, pumps and other flood projects built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the past decade must be maintained…” (read more).
Report attempts to provide information to help manage cypress forests along Louisiana’s coast
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Nov. 4, 2015.
“Sinking land and rising seas have presented immense challenges for cypress forests along Louisiana’s coast, and landowners must decide how to manage their land, including whether to harvest their trees when areas may be too flooded to support new growth…” (read more).