Latest news: May 17, 2012

05.17.2012 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Moving forward on Restore Act: An editorial
Editorial, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). May 17, 2012.
“When a final transportation bill is worked out by Senate-House negotiators, Sen. Barbara Boxer says that it will include a measure to direct 80 percent of BP oil spill fines to the Gulf Coast…” (Read more)

OUR VIEW: Morganza requires knowing what is, isn’t
Editorial, The Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). May 16, 2012.
“There is no denying it, the Morganza to the Gulf project is an impressive undertaking. It is the best imperfect plan available, designed to reduce the impact of tidal surges, slow storms from washing away marshland and delay drainage from damaging inhabited areas…” (Read more)

What is Morganza to the Gulf, anyway?
By Shell Armstrong, The Tri-Parish Times. May 16, 2012.
“We’ve been warned. Coastal Louisiana is at risk. In the event of the “Big One” – monster storms like 2005’s Katrina or a slow mover like Rita – our homes, businesses and communities are vulnerable…” (Read more)

Hurricane system cheaper as do-it-yourself project
By Casey Gisclair, The Tri-Parish Times. May 16, 2012.
“Before Hurricane Katrina tormented Louisiana in 2005, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ price to build hurricane levees was steep, but somewhat doable with the right local and state budgeting, combined with help from the federal government…” (Read more)

Gateway to authorization hinges on next water bill
By Eric Besson, The Tri-Parish Times. May 16, 2012.
“December marks 12 years since the Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane protection system first received congressional authorization. Seven years later, it was authorized for a second time…” (Read more)

Louisianans seek mitigation reform
By Eric Besson, The Tri-Parish Times. May 16, 2012.
“Wetlands damage is a necessary byproduct of flood-protection construction, one that requires restoration efforts elsewhere to offset the environmentally negative impacts…” (Read more)

Dolphins photographed in damage assessment process
By Harlan Kirgan, The (Pascagoula) Mississippi Press. May 16, 2012.
“PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Dolphins in the Mississippi Sound from western Horn Island to eastern Petit Bois Island have been photographed since the summer of 2010 as part of the assessment of damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill…” (Read more)