Delta Dispatches: From River Road to Bayou Manchac

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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     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 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: 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 …

Delta Dispatches: Introducing Simone Maloz as the New Campaign Director for Restore the Mississippi River Delta

On today’s episode, Jacques talks with Steve Cochran, who has served as Campaign Director of the Restore the Mississippi River Delta (MRD) for the last six years, about some developments within the coalition. After successfully leading the MRD team, Steve is moving on to assume a new role leading state affairs within Environmental Defense Fund and none other than our very own Simone Maloz will assume the role of MRD campaign director! We talk with Steve about his career, reflections …

Delta Dispatches: Water Quality Updates with Pontchartrain Conservancy

As impacts from Hurricane Ida continue to be assessed, Pontchartrain Conservancy’s Water Quality Program Director Brady Skaggs discusses how the storm affected water quality across the region and what actions you can take to improve water quality in nearby waterways. Skaggs also highlights the newly-launched Lake and Coast App that puts water quality data at your fingertips. As a reminder, you can find ways to help those impacted by Hurricane Ida here, and don’t forget to check out our newly-launched …

Delta Dispatches: Nature’s Role in Climate Adaptation with SCAPE’s Kate Orff

This week on Delta Dispatches, we’re excited to welcome Kate Orff, Founding Principal of SCAPE. Jacques and Simone talk with her about the role nature can play in adapting to climate change, how she is reimaging landscape architecture through her studio, as well as on-the-ground restoration opportunities from Louisiana to New York. SCAPE’s recent work includes ( and Kate was featured in the New Yorker in the story “The Seas Are Rising. Could Oysters Help” (   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Recovery in South Lafourche with Bless Your Heart Nonprofit

This week on Delta Dispatches, Jacques and Simone chat with Jeray Jambon Jarreau from Bless Your Heart Nonprofit. Jeray talks about life in South Lafourche after the devastation of Hurricane Ida. Bless Your Heart Nonprofit is working on the ground to address the needs of some of the most impacted communities in South Louisiana. Learn about the work they’re doing and how you can help through their Facebook page.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches | Hurricane Ida: How You Can Help & A Conversation with Scot Pilié

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, one of the most devastating hurricanes to ever make landfall in Louisiana, Simone and Jacques discuss ongoing impacts to communities and how people can help those in need. They also welcome Scot Pilié, EDF senior communications specialist and meteorologist, to discuss the extent of Ida’s impacts and why it was so destructive from a meteorological standpoint. Please visit to support organizations doing work in Louisiana to help those in need.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: Photographing Louisiana’s Coast with Matthew White

08.27.2021 | By Delta Dispatches: Photographing Louisiana’s Coast with Matthew White

Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches! This week we’re chatting with photographer Matthew White about beautiful and inspiring work recently published in the New York Time. “Beauty, Serenity, Stillness: An Ode to the Final Miles of the Mississippi River” features photography of the landscape and communities of Plaquemines Parish. See more of Matthew’s work on his website and Tumblr.   Listen Now: 

Delta Dispatches: Breaking Down BTNEP with T. Bradley Keith

On this episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques interviews first-time guest T. Brad Keith the new director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). Founded in 1990, BTNEP is the oldest coastal organization in Louisiana and helps ensure access to sustainable clean water across the estuary. T. Brad talks about the history and future of this vital program for coastal Louisiana.   Listen Now:

Delta Dispatches: The Economic Case for Coastal Restoration

On today’s episode, Simone and Jacques are joined by Jasmine Brown, Public Policy Manager for Greater New Orleans Inc. Jasmine discusses the work her organization is doing, through its Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy (CCRE) and beyond, to advance coastal restoration in our region to protect people and the economy, as well as to create jobs and economic growth.  Learn more about GNO Inc.’s work and CCRE at   Listen Now: