Latest news: December 30, 2011

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Corps to get $802M for repairs on Mississippi

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press. Dec. 29, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS— The Army Corps of Engineers said on Thursday it’s getting $802 million to repair levees damaged by the historic flooding on the Mississippi River this year — work considered urgent before the next spring flood season starts…”

Friday’s letters: The gulf needs the Restore Act

Letter to the Editor by Dr. William Hogarth, Tampa Bay Times. Dec. 30, 2011.

“We recently read with interest this column regarding the Restore Act (S 1400 and HR 3096) now being considered by Congress, intended to direct at least 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties from the BP oil spill in 2010 to economic and ecological recovery actions in the Gulf of Mexico…”

Mississippi River flooding tops Louisiana weather stories for 2011

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Dec. 29, 2011.

“The near-record water levels in the Mississippi River in Louisiana that forced the Army Corps of Engineers to open the Morganza Floodway for only the second time, flooding much of the Atchafalaya River basin, was the biggest weather story of the year in the state, according to state climatologist Barry Keim…”

‘Turning the Tide’ explores coastal erosion

By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Dec. 29, 2011.

“Filmmaker Christina Hendrick Melton had one target audience in mind when she began researching coastal-wetlands erosion several years ago: The public, who probably can’t hear enough about the urgency of the issue…”