Delta Dispatches: The 2022 Coastal Stewardship Awards

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Delta Dispatches: The 2022 Coastal Stewardship Awards

This week Simone is joined by James Karst, Communication Director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) to talk about all their exciting work in 2022 including next week’s Coastal Stewardship Awards, which honors individuals and organizations demonstrating extraordinary commitment to our coast. Later in the episode, Simone is joined by three of this year’s winners ( Raegan Creppell, Jonathan Foret and Genie Ardoin) who are being recognized for their tremendous work to help coastal communities recover from Hurricane …

Delta Dispatches: Bren Haase Highlights A Milestone Investment in Louisiana’s Coast

On today’s Delta Dispatches, we chat with long-time friend of the show and Executive Director of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Bren Haase! Bren talks through an exciting year for Louisiana’s coast with the largest Annual Plan to date, with over $1.35B in expenditures and 92 projects in construction. You can read the Annual Plan and use CPRA’s interactive map on their website: https://ap23.coastal.la.gov/. Bren also talks us through the upcoming Coastal Day at the Louisiana Legislature on …

Delta Dispatches: A Coastal Convo. with The Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Louis Michot

On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques chats with Grammy-award winning musician Louis Michot! Louis discusses how his upbringing in Louisiana’s Cajun country shaped his love of the environment and Louisiana’s coast and even inspired his music. Louis will be performing with his band, Lost Bayou Ramblers, at this year’s Shell-A-Bration on March 25th! This community event is dedicated to raising awareness and engagement for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program. Learn more and buy your …

Delta Dispatches: Re-engineering the Mississippi Delta

After a quick introduction by Jacques and Simone, we replay a recent episode from the American Shoreline Podcast! Hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham turn their attention to the dynamic Louisiana coast and the struggle to protect the City of New Orleans from Mississippi River floods. Joining the show is Dr. Devyani Kar, Senior Manager and Scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, to share new research that shows how upriver river diversions can restore vital wetlands and reduce the impacts …

Delta Dispatches: A Visit to the New Canal Lighthouse

On this episode, Jacques speaks with Kate Tannian, Visitor Services Manager, for Pontchartrain Conservancy about the history and program offerings of the conservancy’s New Canal Lighthouse. From a newly-named EPA Reactive Fish Sculpture to a newly-launched public seed station, there is a lot happening at the lighthouse these days in addition to its regular scientific and historical exhibits, unique gift shop, and more! Plan your next visit to this special part of the New Orleans Lakefront here.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: The Great Outdoors with Bill Cooksey

On today’s show, we talk with Bill Cooksey, the Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator with Vanishing Paradise. This is a conservation program for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. Bill brings his unique history as a hunter and communicator to raise awareness and support on a critical conservation issue of our time — restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast. You can learn more about Vanishing Paradise on their website and listen to Bill on the Vanishing Paradise podcast here.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Louisiana’s First Climate Action Plan

Earlier this month, Louisiana’s Climate Task Force approved the state’s first ever Climate Action Plan, a science-based plan consisting of 28 strategies and 84 actions to “limit the severity of climate change while positioning the state to maintain its economic competitiveness in a low-carbon future.” Lindsay Cooper, Policy Analyst with the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, joins the show to discuss the plan, how it was developed and what comes next as Louisiana seeks to reach net zero greenhouse gas …

Delta Dispatches: Glass Half Full Wants to Help Restore Louisiana’s Coast with Your Empty Bottles

Glass Half Full is a nonprofit organization based in New Orleans working to remove glass waste from landfills by recycling it into sand and other materials. To date, they have removed 1.8 million pounds of glass from landfills. On this episode, Jacques interviews their founder and co-director Franziska Trautmann who discusses how the idea was born by Tulane students over a bottle of wine, the mechanics of turning glass bottles into sand and other materials, a new partnership with CRCL’s …

Delta Dispatches: From River Road to Bayou Manchac

On today’s episode, Jacques and Simone interview author Mary Ann Sternberg who has written a number of books, articles, essays and more about Louisiana’s unique places and people. Mary Ann discusses her writing, how Louisiana’s environment has inspired it and highlights some experiences that provided a unique vantage point of the Mighty Mississippi. Learn more about Mary Ann and her writing at https://www.maryannsternberg.com/.     Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Louisiana Embarks on ‘Year of the Dredge’ to Restore its Coast

In the first episode of 2022, Simone and Jacques welcome back Gregory Grandy, Deputy Executive Director Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, who discusses how 2022 will be one of the most significant years for Louisiana’s coast with some of the largest, most ambitious restoration projects ever to move forward. These projects include marsh creation, or “dredging” projects as well as projects to reconnect the Mississippi River to wetlands to sustain them into the future.     Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Recapping 2021 on Louisiana’s Coast:

For the last episode of 2021, Jacques and Simone discuss major events and milestones for Louisiana’s coast over the prior year and look forward to what’s to come in 2022. As a reminder, many families in Louisiana are still dealing with the lingering impacts of Hurricane Ida as we head into the holidays. Visit http://mississippiriverdelta.org/ida to learn how you can help those in need this holiday season and beyond. Happy Holidays to our Delta Dispatches family!     Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: A Conversation with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy On today’s episode, Simone and Jacques are joined by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) who provides insight into the recently-signed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and what this significant legislation means for Louisiana’s coast and communities. Senator Cassidy highlights the funding coming to Louisiana for coastal restoration and resilience as a result of the infrastructure package, discusses other funding opportunities such as the RISEE Act, and shares his favorite Louisiana Christmas tradition …

Delta Dispatches: Examining a “Living Laboratory” on Louisiana’s Coast

A Conversation with Scientist Molly Keogh Scientist Molly Keogh, who received her PhD at Tulane University and is now a Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Oregon, Department of Earth Sciences, joins the podcast to discuss her latest paper, “Organic matter accretion, shallow subsidence, and river delta sustainability”, and its relation to Louisiana’s coast. Molly, who was featured for her research in the documentary film “Last Call for the Bayou”, also discusses that experience, and her work at the Davis Pond Freshwater …

Delta Dispatches: New Science on Subsidence and the Mississippi River Delta

This week on Delta Dispatches, we talk to Elizabeth Chamberlain, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University, about her career as a coastal geologist. Liz got her start at LSU and Tulane researching the Mississippi River Delta and has gone on to study deltas around the world. She joins Jacques and Simone to discuss a new paper based on research in the Lafourche Delta, focusing on how subsidence impacts the Mississippi River Delta and its implications for restoration projects in Louisiana. Her new …

Delta Dispatches: NOLA River Fest 2021

This week on Delta Dispatches, Jacques and Simone chat with friend of the show Helen Rose Patterson, senior outreach coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She’s here to talk about NOLA River Fest 2021, happening this week! Don’t miss the virtual panels covering a range of interesting topics concerning the Mississippi River: https://www.facebook.com/MississippiRiverDelta/events/. In this episode we also talk about the Coastal Community Handbook, a quick guide to all things coastal. You can read the digital version or request …