Set Your Dials: Introducing Delta Dispatches Weekly Radio Show & Podcast

By Jacques P. Hebert, Communications Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society

What happens when a Theriot and an Hebert walk into a radio station? You’re about to find out! Starting today, Thursday March 2, Restore or Retreat Executive Director Simone Theriot Maloz and I will be co-hosting a weekly radio show, “Delta Dispatches,” to discuss Louisiana’s coast, its people, wildlife and jobs, and why restoring it matters.

As the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) advances its draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the next few months will be critical in the fight to restore Louisiana’s coast. To keep you engaged and informed, we will bring you discussions on important aspects of coastal restoration, the latest coastal news and events, interviews with relevant experts, business and community leaders, and more.

Catch the show live every Thursday at 5:00pm Central on 990AM or subscribe on iTunes and Google Play below. 

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Episode 1: Introduction to the Delta Dispatches

In the the inaugural episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques and Simone speak to Steve Cochran, Campaign Director of Restore the Mississippi Delta, and Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist for the National Wildlife Federation. Listen Now 

 Episode 2: The 2017 Master Plan

On today’s show Bren Haase, assistant administrator of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority joins the program to talk with Simone about the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Dr. Denise Reed, Chief Scientist, of The Water Institute of the Gulf comes on to also to talk with Jacques about the master plan. Listen Now 

 Episode 3: Sediment Diversions

In episode three of Delta Dispatches, Jacques talks to Rudy Simoneaux and Brad Barth from the CPRA about the science of sediment diversions and how they fit into the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Afterwards, Simone talks to Rebecca Triche from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation to discuss some of the coastal restoration projects LWF is currently working on. Listen Now 

 Episode 4: Fisheries

In episode 4 of Delta Dispatches, Simone talks with Captain Ryan Lambert of Cajun Fishing Adventures to talk about coastal restoration. Later in the show, Dr. John Lopez, Director, Coastal Sustainability Program with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, joins the program to talk with Jacques about saving Louisiana’s fisheries. Listen Now

Episode 5: Wildlife

In episode 4 of Delta Dispatches, Jacques interviews Dr. Andy Nyman, Professor of Wetland Ecology and Restoration at LSU about the importance and abundance of Louisiana wildlife and how our land loss crisis threatens coastal species. On the second half the show, Jacques is joined by Dr. Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Louisiana. Erik and Jacques talk about the importance of Louisiana's coast for migratory birds including prothonotary warblers and whooping cranes.  Listen Now 

Episode 6: Nonstructural Projects

In this episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz talk about a specific aspect of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan – nonstructural projects. Featured guests include Andrea Galinski, a Coastal Resources Scientist with the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority, Liz Williams, Coastal Communities Resiliency Program Officer with the Foundation for Louisiana and Jimmy Frederick, Communications Director of Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Listen Now

Episode 7: Funding

This week's episode is dedicated to just one thing: funding! Simone and Jacques will talk to their guests about the complex realities of funding coastal restoration in Louisiana. In the first half the show, Jacques will speak with Elizabeth Mabry, Senior Policy Manager, Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund to talk about the opportunities and challenges in securing funding in today's political realities. On the second half of the episodes, Simone welcomes Chip Kline, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities, Chair, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to talk about funding from the government's perspective including how the CPRA funds the master plan. Listen Now

Episode 8: New Orleans: A Coastal City

On this episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques speak to a couple of great guests about coastal restoration with Amanda Moore and Arthur Johnson. First, Simone speaks with Amanda Moore, Deputy Director of The National Wildlife Federation Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, to talk with Simone about the restoration of the Gulf Coast. Then Arthur Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) joins the program to talk with Jacques about the key initiatives of the CSED. Listen Now

Episode 9: The Louisiana Legislature & the Economic Case for Restoration

On this week's episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques discuss how the 2017 Coastal Master Plan becomes law and the economic case for recovery. In the first two segments Simone has Rep. Jerome "Zee" Zeringue (R – District 52) about his time as the chairman and executive director of the CPRA. Zee provides insights into the Louisiana legislature and the next steps for the master plan as it makes it way into becoming a law. In the second half the show, Jacques speaks with Scott Kirkpatrick, the president of the Coast Builders Coalition – a trade association comprised of private sector companies in the business of restoring and protecting the Gulf Coast. Scott speaks to why restoring the coast is the right economic decision for businesses across the state. Listen Now

Episode 10: Innovations in Restoration

Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches with hosts Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. On today’s show Natalie Peyronnin, Director of Science Policy and Mississippi River Delta Restoration at the Environmental Defense Fund, speaks to Jacques about sediment diversions operations. In the second half the show, Simone has Jimmy Frederick, Communications Director for CRCL on to speak about their exciting oyster shell recycling project. Listen Now 

Episode 11: Conversation with The Times Picayune Coastal Reporting Team

On this episode of Delta Dispatches, with hosts Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. On this episode, Jacques has Times-Picayune hurricane & environment reporters Mark Schleifstein, Sara Sneath and Tristan Baurick join the show to talk with Jacques about coastal reporting. Listen Now

Episode 12: Louisiana's Working Coast

We’re happy to welcome Lacy McManus and Joni Tuck to the show today. Lacy is the Director of Program Development of GNO Inc. and talks with Jacques and Simone about the economic case for restoration in Southeast Louisiana. In the second half the show, Joni sits in studio to chat about Port Fourchon & The Working Coast. Joni Tuck is the External Relations Manager for the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. Listen Now

Episode 13: Engineering of the Mississippi River

On today’s show James F. Barnett Jr joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about his fascinating book, “Beyond Control: The Mississippi River’s New Channel to the Gulf of Mexico”. Beyond Control reveals the Mississippi as a waterway of change, unnaturally confined by ever-larger levees and control structures. Our second guest is Alisha Renfro, Staff Scientist from the National Wildlife Federation, who stops by to talk with Simone & Jacques about the high Mississippi River and the systems in place to keep us protected. Listen Now

Episode 14: Be Prepared: Hurricane Season 2017

Jacques Hebert host solo on today's show. Joining him is Alek Krautmann Meteorologist, New Orleans/Baton Rouge Forcast Office NOOA National Weather Service to talk about about this year's Atlantic Hurricane Season Predictions and how to stay safe this summer. The second guest in today's show is Mike Steele, Communications Director at Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness-State of Louisiana, here to talk about Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness in south Louisiana. Listen Now

Episode 15: Seeing Louisiana's Coast from Above

On today’s show Simone & Jacques talk with Meredith Dowling, Associate Executive Director and Emmet Bartholomew, Gulf Region Volunteer Pilot Recruitment of Southwings about how Southwings organization provides a network of volunteer pilots to advocate for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight. Listen Now

Episode 16: Coastal Challenges & the Best of Bycatch

On today’s show Simone talks with the Executive Director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Dr. Robert Twilley about The Louisiana Sea Grant Programs working individually and in partnership to address major marine and coastal challenges. Pepper Bowen, Director of Culinaria stops by to talk with Simone about how through legal research and policy analysis, Culinaria Center reviews and addresses a wide range of local, national, and global food policy topics and issues and seeks solutions in support of a food system that is integral to improved health outcomes, sustainable environmental goals, and real community development and also their event, “Best of The Bycatch” on June 20th at The Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Listen Now

Episode 17: Deltas 101: Back to Basics

On today’s show David Muth, Director of Gulf Restoration, National Wildlife Federation stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about the importance of restoration of the Mississippi River Delta. On the second half the show, Dr. Alex Kolker, Associate Professor at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium joins the program to talk with Simone & Jacques about subsidence, sediment diversion and even potholes! Listen Now

Episode 18: Invasive Species

On today’s show Nikki Cavalier, Community Outreach & Media Specialst from CWPPRA, joins the show to talk with Jacques & Simone about CWPPRA and Nutria & how they affect the Louisiana Coastline. On the second half the show, Andy Nyman Professor of Wetland Wildlife Ecology at LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, returns to talk about Roseau Cane Mealy Bug. Listen Now

Episode 19: Mapping Louisiana

Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts Simone Maloz & Jacques Hebert. On today’s show Brady Couvillion, Geographer with the Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch of the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, joins the program to talk with Simone about mapping Louisiana’s coast. He's followed by Dr. Scott Hemmerling, the Director of Human Dimension for The Water Institute of the Gulf, who stops by to talk with Simone about the human dimension of the loss of Louisiana’s wetlands and the atlas of Louisiana’s coast.Listen Now

Episode 20: The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

On today’s show Teresa Chan & Amy Streitweiser of Environmental Law Institute join the program to talk with Simone about ELI and the upcoming environmental impact study (EIS) on the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. On the second half the show, Natalie Peyronnin, Director of Science Policy and Mississippi River Delta Restoration at the Environmental Defense Fund stops by to talk with Simone about the history of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project and what to expect from the EIS process.
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