Latest news: January 23, 2012

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Master plan for coastal restoration gives hope: Bob Marshall

By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune. January 22, 2012.

“We need to discuss two words today: Hope and courage. In almost 40 years of covering the state’s coastal crisis, “hope” is a word I’ve seldom been able to write…”

Louisiana coastal restoration forecast: An editorial

By Editorial Page Staff, The Times-Picayune. January 22, 2012.

“Protecting and restoring Louisiana’s coast is an urgent priority for this state, and the draft plan for fiscal year 2013 that was presented this week to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority reflects the large scope of work…”

Call to Action on the RESTORE Act: Help the Gulf Coast Recover

By Tammy Herrington, MomsRising. January 20, 2012.

“During the summer of 2010, the nation watched in horror as gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.  While many outside the Gulf region are hearing that we are back to normal, we continue to find tarballs on our beaches, mats of tar beneath the surface of local waters and fish with lesions, leading to questions about long-term impacts…”

The 50 Year, $50 billion Plan to Save the Louisiana Coast

By Bob Marshall, Field and Stream. January 20, 2012.

“Louisiana released its long-awaited master plan to permanently address the nation’s most severe fish, wildlife and economic disaster: The destruction of the great Mississippi River estuary and the rest of the state’s coast…”

Come out, learn and contribute

By Editorial staff, The Houma Courier. January 21, 2012.

“The images tell a worrisome tale.

The sea of red splashed across south Louisiana represents the land that will be lost in the next 50 years if nothing more is done to protect our coast…”

Gulf Coast Recovery Issue Update: GOP Candidates Dig Gulf Drilling

By Whitney Drechsler, HeadCount Blog. January 20, 2012.

“In the midst of the GOP Primaries, lots of hot issues come up. But, you know I’m always listening to what they’re saying about the beloved Gulf region…”

State coastal restoration, levee master plan revision subject of public meeting

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. January 23, 2012.

“State officials will brief members of the public on the draft of the 5-year revision of the Louisiana Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast during a public meeting and hearing today at the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center at the University of New Orleans…”

Louisiana panel OKs $81.6 million for projects to restore wetlands

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. January 20, 2012.

“A federal-state task force on Thursday approved spending $81.6 million to build two medium-size projects that will restore key wetlands and ridges on the east and west banks of Plaquemines Parish, and to create an emergency fund to plant wetland grasses, shrubs and trees in rapidly eroding locations along Louisiana’s coast…”

FL Wildlife Federation Pushing State Restoration Act

Public News Service. January 23, 2012.

“TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A telephone poll by U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio conducted late last year found that an over-whelming majority of Floridians think all of the funds paid out by BP for the oil-spill disaster should come back to the states affected, to clean up the environment…”