Latest news: May 23, 2012
Louisiana House approves 50-year plan for restoring coast
By Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). May 22, 2012.
“Baton Rouge — A 50-year, $50 billion plan for restoring Louisiana’s eroding coast, along with the annual plan for the coming year, won the unanimous support from the Louisiana House of Representatives on Tuesday, the last hurdle in a sometimes-contentious process that began in January. Based around a strategy of providing multiple lines of defense, projects ranging from barrier islands to levees to raising or buying flood-prone properties, the plans have already gained the unanimous approval of the Senate…” (Read more)
Plaquemines Parish to rebuild Cat Island
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. May 22, 2012.
“Plaquemines Parish plans to build a $1.5 million, 40-acre circular barrier island to protect and help rebuild Cat Island. The restoration work also will involve replanting the tiny island’s black mangrove bushes that are an important habitat for Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican…” (Read more)
Lingering oil complicates restoration
By Nikki Buskey, The Houma (La.) Courier. May 22, 2012.
“A long-awaited restoration project aimed at rebuilding rapidly eroding shoreline at Fourchon Beach is moving forward. But the project comes as active oil cleanup is still taking place on the Lafourche beachfront…” (Read more)