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“On Our Watch” is a sobering one-hour documentary film about Louisiana's alarming loss of coastal wetlands. “On Our Watch” examines the origins of wetlands erosion and subsidence, which combined with sea level rise, are producing projections of accelerating land loss and increased flooding and ...
The proposed law appears to be designed to intimidate the array of groups working to halt construction of the 163-mile oil pipeline, which cuts through a sensitive wetland where Louisiana crawfish are harvested. The groups — including the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Bold Louisiana, and the Atchafalaya ...

Ranchers collect the eggs from wetlands across South Louisiana, some of which are owned by the state, raising the reptiles after the eggs are hatched on their farms to be harvested for their hides and meat. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries allows farms to bid on the right to harvest from ...
State agencies and university scientists have spent more than a year trying to find a way to halt the insect's spread and minimize its impact on wetlands already hard-hit by erosion, sea level rise, subsidence and other threats. The $500,000 nearly doubles the money spent on or committed to the research ...
The foreign insect eating away wetlands in south Louisiana appears to have crossed the border into Texas. Louisiana State University wetland scientist John "Andy" Nyman spotted scale insects in the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area near Port Arthur, about six miles west of the Louisiana border.
While winter's freakishly cold weather shut down roads and burst water pipes, a few Louisiana scientists rejoiced. They hoped the freezing temperatures would give them an edge in a losing battle against a plague of insects sucking the life out of roseau cane, a wetland plant that holds large areas of the ...

The judge said the project potentially threatens the hydrology of the basin and "poses the threat of destruction of already diminishing wetlands. ... The Bayou Bridge pipeline is the last link in a pipeline network connecting the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota with Louisiana refineries and export terminals.
This pattern exacerbates problems of coastal erosion and sea level rise, and diminishes the flood protection that the 880,000 acres of wetlands would naturally provide. Meche, as head of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association–West, has spent 13 years suing the companies behind the oil and gas ...
A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana has asked a federal appeals court to lift a judge's order that temporarily halts pipeline construction work in a swamp. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an “emergency stay” that would suspend the judge's ruling ...
It tells the story of coastal South Louisiana, with a keen ear to the political, cultural, economic and personal implications of climate change in an area already riddled with environmental degradation. ... We are working to use the river to put sediment back into the starving wetlands that desperately need it.
Karley Frankic, a planner for the Port of New Orleans, said the city shouldn't worry about protecting wetlands because they're already covered under federal regulations. Developers ... The restoration plan says, “Wetland areas inside the hurricane protection system need to remain intact and undeveloped.”.
In Louisiana, newly disclosed documents reveal a state intelligence agency regularly spied on activists opposing construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which would carry nearly a half-million barrels of oil per day across Louisiana's wetlands. The documents show the Louisiana Governor's Office of ...
(Spoiler: It isn't.) Tristan wrote the third article, about the critters plaguing South Louisiana's wetlands. Is this a model for future collaborations? Dean said yes. “The big institutions like The New York Times can't just talk about the crisis of local journalism around the country — I think we should do something.”.
Although the recession of Louisiana's coast has slowed somewhat this decade, a football field's worth of wetlands still vanishes every 100 minutes, ..... “Rapid subsidence and associated wetland loss were largely induced by extraction of hydrocarbons,” concluded a 2005 study of the Mississippi Delta plain ...
Louisiana's coast was already facing deadly threats: drowning from rising seas, beatings from hurricanes, poisoning from oil spills. Now it is being eaten alive. Vast stands of marsh grass have been transformed into empty mud flats and open water, and scientists believe that a plague of foreign insects is ...
They first took hold when they were brought to Avery Island, a swampy coastal part of Louisiana 30 miles south of Lafayette and the production site for Tabasco brand hot ... In California, where more than 90 percent of the region's wetlands have been destroyed by development, any loss has lasting impacts.
Louisiana's wetland forests are worth $79 billion, according to a study released last week by an environmental nonprofit. Dogwood Alliance, based in North Carolina, released its report “Treasures of the South: The True Value of Wetland Forests” Friday, which was also World Wetlands Day. The report ...

The US has already been stripped of half of its wetlands since Europeans arrived and Louisiana, which accounts for a bulk of these losses, is on course to lose all of its wetland within two more centuries, according to the US Geological Survey. A master plan set out by the state government last year forecast ...
It's unclear how or when the scale, a native of China and Japan, arrived in Louisiana, or what can stop it. Scientists investigating the scale outbreak have avoided spraying insecticides on roseau due to the ecological sensitivity of coastal wetlands and the potential impacts on recreational and commercial ...
The judge said the project by Energy Transfer Partners, founded by Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren, potentially threatens the hydrology of the basin and "poses the threat of destruction of already diminishing wetlands." She also agreed with environmental groups that centuries-old "legacy" trees can't be ...
They first took hold when they were brought to Avery Island, a swampy coastal part of Louisiana 30 miles south of Lafayette and the production site for Tabasco brand hot ... In California, where more than 90 percent of the region's wetlands have been destroyed by development, any loss has lasting impacts.
WETLANDS. Budget deal rider allows La. restoration to harm dolphins. Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporter. Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018. A provision tucked into the spending deal passed by Congress last week exempts a Louisiana wetlands restoration project from federal protections for dolphins.
The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest wetland/swamp in the United States. Tonight, Feb. 15, learn more about this unique habitat by attending the “Water Trails of the Atchafalaya” opening reception at the Manship Theatre's gallery. The exhibit is a collaboration between Manship Theatre and the West Baton ...
Work that compensates for construction that affects sensitive wetlands is also known as wetlands mitigation. They also asked ... Earthjustice brought the federal suit on behalf of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West, the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Sierra Club.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over land loss in the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, ... state in 2002 when it took ownership of the huge freshwater marsh, which is known for its waterfowl, shore birds and other wetland species, the lawsuit notes.
This map shows the present width of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in yellow as it runs through the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, with the 300-foot-wide servitude shown in purple. The map was filed in federal court as part of the state's damage lawsuit against the federal government for allowing ...
Terracing and marsh creation south of Big Mar Lake in Louisiana. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). STARKVILLE, Miss.—A new Mississippi State research project will study a wetland restoration approach along the Gulf of Mexico, and findings will help improve future environmental restoration ...
The request included most of the southern edge of Louisiana's coastline, including both barrier islands and headlands — that is, beaches and back wetlands connected to land. Many of the islands have been or are being rebuilt with other money, including federal fines and penalties from the BP oil spill in ...
The economic benefits Louisiana wetland forests provide add up to $74.9 billion, according to a recent analysis by the Dogwood Alliance, a North Carolina based environmental nonprofit. But wetland forests in the South are only a sliver of what they once were. Current estimates suggest that between 50 to ...
None of Louisiana's cranes is currently near the spill, said Sara Zimorski, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries who studies and oversees the 70 ... The spill is about 51/2 miles (7 kilometers) southeast of the nearest edge of the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, where 11 young cranes ...
... Beignet the Nutria is the star of the show in South Louisiana. And Beignet isn't very interested in winter. His big concern is an entirely different season - hurricane season. South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center Executive Director Jonathan Foret brought Beignet, a wild nutria he nursed to health as a ...
“This is a good way for the kids to begin thinking because they'll learn a lot about these systems and about how we use them, but they may not actually know kind of the dynamics behind how we use them,” said Samantha Hicks with the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center. “If we're not using a ...
The Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum will fill with bustling activity Friday as it celebrates the annual World Wetlands Day. The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center is hosting the ninth annual event from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, 7910 W. Park Ave., Houma. The event is part of a ...
The Coast Guard says nearly 1,300 gallons of oil spilled from an oil production facility into southwest Louisiana wetlands near the areas where young endangered whooping cranes are released into the wild. None of Louisiana's cranes is currently near the spill, said Sara Zimorski, a Louisiana Department ...
The Krewe of Bayou Petit Caillou, with about 200 men, women and children, will parade at noon Saturday in Chauvin. The krewe, in its 32nd year, will roll 11 floats under the theme “Krewe of Bayou Petit Caillou Goes Great Gatsby.” The Lacache-Montegut Middle and South Terrebonne High school bands ...
World Wetlands Day: 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2. The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center hosts World Wetlands Day featuring educational events, hands-on activities and a tour of the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife ... Place: Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center Theatre, 314 St. Mary St., Thibodaux.
The pathway will include courses in subjects like Louisiana deltaic systems, wetlands ecology and environmental management; require first-hand work experience; and culminate in a credential. Students who complete the pathway will be better positioned to assume careers in the field. The pathway is an ...
State, Federal Partnership Critical To Advancing Large-Scale Louisiana Coastal Restoration Project ... is a Louisiana Coastal Master Plan project that would direct sediment, freshwater and nutrients from the Mississippi River into nearby wetlands to build and maintain land in Louisiana's Barataria Basin.
A judge has rejected environmental groups' claim that Louisiana's public record law applies to a private, for-profit company building a 162-mile-long ... rivers, lakes, wetlands, and bayous in south Louisiana, including the ecologically fragile Atchafalaya (uh-CHAF-uh-LIE-uh) Basin river swamp, according to ...
This article claiming that #alligators are responsible for destroying Louisiana's wetlands came out a few days ago. It gets most of the facts ... Mic.com, a site popular with Millennials, relied on New Orleans chef Nathan Richard of Cavan for much of its information about alligators and wetland ecology. Richard ...
That kind of coursework currently is not required by the state, but there's a pilot effort under way in Terrebonne Parish to change that, the Coastal Classroom Program of the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center in Houma. "Education means preparing our children for the future they will face, so how ...
For ETP, the opportunity to help facilitate wetland restoration efforts in Ohio and Louisiana that will not only benefit waterfowl and wildlife, but also those ... Wetlands provide many functions and values necessary for sustaining wildlife and fisheries resources, protecting communities, enhancing water quality ...
After pulling its funding from Dakota Access, US Bank is now funding another oil pipeline in Louisiana. CREDIT: Alex Milan ... The pipeline is proposed to carry 280,000 barrels of crude oil per day through 11 Louisiana parishes, crossing 700 bodies of water and more than 700 acres of fragile wetlands.
Two coastal officials representing Southwest Louisiana thanked the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday for listening to ... An additional $80 million in anticipated revenue comes from the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, and $60 million to $70 million ...
“In terms of carbon stocks, all tidal wetlands are very, very similar,” says Lisamarie Windham-Myers, an ecologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS) ... Her team presented its findings last month in New Orleans, Louisiana, at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union; the researchers plan to publish ...
For thousands of households where flooding is only expected to get worse, the state of Louisiana agrees. The state ... As coastal wetlands erode and the salinity of the water surrounding remaining vegetation increases, the plants with the deepest roots — cypress and oak trees — are usually the first to die.
Scientists at the Hammond-based university have used Christmas trees for marsh and wetlands restoration projects in the Manchac area for the past ... The projects done by SLU are part of a growing effort in recent years to deploy the used Christmas trees in marshes and wetlands across south Louisiana.
Southeastern Louisiana University, the city of Hammond and Middendorf's Restaurant in Manchac are partnering to provide drop-off sites for Christmas trees, the university said. It's a continuation of a two-decades effort by SLU that in that span has gathered 36,000 trees for wetland restoration in the ...
The proposed route of the pipeline will convert 142 acres of forested wetlands and cross more than 700 bodies of water, including the Bayou LaFourche, a critical reservoir that supplies drinking water for the United Houma Nation and 300,000 Louisiana residents. The United Houma Nation has said they ...
"This is just the beginning," said Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. ... wetlands to permanent pipeline right-of-way, requiring the purchase of 708 acres of mitigation from Corps-approved wetland mitigation banks located within the watershed of impacts," the news release said.


 

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