Latest news: December 14, 2011

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Invest more in renewable energy — Clinton

By Binsal Abdul Kader, Gulf News. December 14, 2011.

“Abu Dhabi: If the wetlands had been in the same state as 30 years ago in New Orleans [in US], it would have cut the speed of the water by half and damage by 90 per cent when Hurricane Katrina hit there, former US president Bill Clinton said here yesterday…”

Restoring the Gulf: difficult and expensive

By Editorial staff, Houston Chronicle. December 13, 2011.

“A week ago Monday, a federal-state task force laid out a sweeping new initiative to restore the environmental integrity of the Gulf Coast area after years of abuse and neglect. Its goals include improving marine habitat protections, better water quality, and rebuilding the shrinking Mississippi Delta wetlands, which comprise about 25 percent of the nation’s wetlands…”

Commentary: Restoring Florida without spending taxpayer money

By Michael Davis, Palm Beach Post. December 12, 2011.

“Despite the bipartisan squabbles that have virtually crippled legislative progress in our nation’s capitol, there is remarkable bipartisan agreement on a bill that would invest the fines from last year’s BP oil spill on Gulf Coast restoration…”

Mississippi River study looks to aid environment

By Jeff Amy, Associated Press. December 13, 2011.

“JACKSON, Miss. — A $1.6 million study will look for ways to restore lost wildlife and plant habitat along the lower Mississippi River while maintaining flood defenses and navigation…”

By freezing his catch at sea, La. shrimper turns the tide on his business

By Jane Black, The Washington Post. December 13, 2011.

“Montegut, La. — The Anna Marie isn’t your typical shrimp boat. To start, it has a full-size kitchen, air conditioning and satellite television. From his captain’s chair, owner Lance Nacio can plot his course and check water depth and tidal flows, all with the push of a button on a slick gadget not much larger than an iPad. But the most unusual addition to the Anna Marie is a set of high-tech plate freezers on its deck, which transform the boat into a kind of floating processor. With a crew of three, the Anna Marie can stay out at sea up to three times as long as a traditional shrimp boat, pulling in as much as 16,000 pounds on each journey…”

Drilling in the heart of Cajun country 

Trenchless International. January 2012 issue.

“Michels Directional Crossings successfully completed a complex, highly publicised horizontal directional drilling crossing underneath the Atchafalaya River and the accompanying levee system in central Louisiana, US…”

Corps begins inspections along Mississippi River

The Associated Press. December 14, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS — Due to high river conditions, the Army Corps of Engineers has activated the first phase of flood fight procedures to monitor levees along the Mississippi River…”

Audubon Leader Comments on Gulf of Mexico Initiative

ENews Park Forest, Park Forest, IL. December 13, 2011.

“Baton Rouge LA–(ENEWSPF)–December 13, 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the Gulf of Mexico Initiative, which will deliver up to $50 million in financial and easement assistance over three years in 16 priority watersheds…”