Master Plan In the News

 

Failure to fix it is not an option with our coast

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

By American Press

Now that the RESTORE Act, which will direct billions of dollars to five Gulf states impacted by the BP oil spill, has become law, the next order of business in Louisiana is directing that money to coastal restoration projects…

http://www.americanpress.com/AP-Editorial-8-23-12

 

Coastal director says BP must pay to the max

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

By Susan Buchanan, The Louisiana Weekly

Garret Graves, chairman of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, said last week “we will not allow BP to walk out of here, wiping its hands” of its responsibilities. He spoke at a July 18 forum sponsored by the City of New Orleans and The National Wildlife Federation on protecting the region from the spill’s aftermath, weather threats and a shrinking coastline…

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/coastal-director-says-bp-must-pay-to-the-max/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coastal-director-says-bp-must-pay-to-the-max

 

Nature takes a crack at rebuilding Louisiana marsh

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

A small breach on the marsh-covered east bank of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans is giving rise to calls to let the river run wild…

http://picayuneitem.com/statenews/x1146337856/Nature-takes-a-crack-at-rebuilding-Louisiana-marsh

 

Editorial: RESTORE Act may help turn tide in battle to protect coast, wetlands

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

By American Press

At long last, the RESTORE Act has become the law of the land, and with it, the promise of desperately needed funds to begin the massive campaign of saving Louisiana’s endangered coast and wetlands…

http://www.americanpress.com/AP-Editorial-7-11-12

 

Gulf Coast states prepare to spend billions in fine money

Sunday, July 8, 2012

By Deborah Barfied Berry and Ledyard King, thetowntalk.com

It took Gulf Coast lawmakers more than two years of prodding and negotiating to persuade a divided Congress their communities deserve most of the billions of dollars BP will pay in fines for its role in the 2010 oil spill…

http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20120708/NEWS01/207080325/Gulf-Coast-states-prepare-spend-billions-fine-money?nclick_check=1

 

Louisiana won’t get as much in Gulf oil spill fines as officials hoped

Sunday, July 08, 2012

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

A close reading of the conference committee report outlining the compromise Restore Act approved by Congress last week shows that Louisiana won’t get as many billions in Clean Water Act fines as state leaders had hoped. Compromise language awards other states larger shares than Louisiana officials believethey deserve…

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2012/07/louisiana_wont_get_as_much_in.html

 

Passage of Restore Act to be a “game changer” in coastal restoration

Saturday, June 30, 2012

By Monica Hernandez, WWLTV Eyewitness News

Billions of dollars for coastal restoration could be headed to Louisiana. Congress has passed the Restore Act, which means impacted Gulf states will receive the majority of oil-spill related fines…

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/Passage-of-Restore-Act-to-be-a-game-changer-in-coastal-restoration-160974215.html

 

Restore Act passes Congress

Saturday, June 30, 2012

By Nikki Buskey, The Daily Comet

A bill that could send billions in BP oil spill fines to the Gulf Coast for restoration projects passed Congress Friday and headed to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature…

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120630/ARTICLES/120639999/1320?Title=Restore-Act-passes-Congress

 

Billions headed to Gulf Coast with passage of RESTORE Act

Friday, June 29, 2012

By Business Report

RESTORE Act legislation, which will direct billions of dollars in BP oil spill fines to Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states, was approved today by Congress. Specifically, the act will direct 80% of all Clean Water Act fines paid by BP to Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi and Florida for economic and environmental restoration efforts…

http://www.businessreport.com/article/20120629/BUSINESSREPORT0112/120629748/-1/daily-report

 

Louisiana coastal projects slated to hit half-billion dollar mark in 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

By John Snell, Fox 8 Live

After years of talk and tens of millions of dollars in studies, Louisiana’s top coastal official told a conference the state will set a record this year for actually turning dirt…

http://www.fox8live.com/story/18873372/louisiana-coastal-projects-to-hit-half-billion-dollar-mark-in-2012

 

DNR staff presents expanded coastal plan to parish officials

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

By Mike Nixon, Tri-Parish Times

Expansions to the state’s coastal boundary zones, and related changes to permitting laws, are being explained to government officials, real estate professionals and the general public in Louisiana’s lower 20 parishes…

http://www.tri-parishtimes.com/news/article_410cbefa-bfba-11e1-950c-001a4bcf887a.html

 

Land Loss, Job Gains – How a New Orleans lawmaker managed to soothe the fears of contractors in an effort to link local jobs to coastal projects

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

By Jeremy Alford, Gambit

Beginning Aug. 1, contractors overseeing major developments along the coast and Lake Pontchartrain must take steps to bring local workers onto their job sites. It’s not a blanket mandate, but if the projects are being funded by certain state or federal monies, contractors must at least make an effort to hire locals…

http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/land-loss-job-gains/Content?oid=2028851

 

Freshwater, sediment diversion from Mississippi River could build wetlands in Barataria Basin

Monday, June 25, 2012

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

Louisiana hopes to kick-start a major diversion of freshwater and sediment from the Mississippi River to build wetlands in the Barataria Basin, Garret Graves, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, said Monday at State of the Coast, a conference on Louisiana restoration issues. According to the state’s $50 billion, 50-year coastal protection and restoration master plan, the $284 million diversion would initially send a maximum of 50,000 cubic feet per second of water through a structure on the river’s west bank…

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/06/freshwater_sediment_diversion.html

 

State Of The Coast Conference gives reasons for optimism

Monday, June 25, 2012

By Paul Murphy, Eyewitness News

Louisiana is losing about 25 square miles of wetlands per year. Past storms and construction of levees along the Mississippi River which prevent sediment from reaching the marshes have taken their toll on the coast. The brightest minds in coastal sciences are meeting this week at the Morial Convention Center…

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/State-Of-The-Coast-Conference-See-Reasons-For-Optimism-160298865.html

 

Louisiana coast conference kicks off in New Orleans

Monday, June 25, 2012

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

Graves, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, stepped in for Gov. Bobby Jindal this morning to kick off the three-day State of the Coast conference in NewOrleans co-sponsored by the authority and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Jindal is tied up in a staff meeting dealing in part with preparations for Tropical Storm Debby, which now is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida panhandle at 1 a.m. Friday…

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/06/senior_louisiana_coastal_offic.html

 

Communities outside levee protection system seeking ways to improve storm protection

Sunday, June 17, 2012

By Maya Rodriguez, www.WWLTV.com

At a dedication on Saturday in Lafitte, a plaque unveiling paid tribute to a community that is no longer there. Manila Village– a Filipino community– once stood near Barataria Bay, until Hurricane Betsy swept it away in 1965…

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/Communities-outside-levee-protection-system-seeking-ways-to-improve-storm-protection-159327005.html

 

Coastal restoration requires long-term commitment

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

By Amy Wold, The Advocate

Without commitment from Louisiana’s leaders and residents, and the support of the country, coastal Louisiana faces a dire future of land loss and more storm damage, says King Milling, a former president of Whitney National Bank and a current member of several coastal Louisiana groups…

http://theadvocate.com/news/opinion/3014067-123/inside-report-for-wednesday-june

 

Speaker to be featured at luncheon

Saturday, June 2, 2012

By Jennifer Armand, Bayou Industrial Group, Houma Today

Coastal restoration and protection activities are always of high interest to those of us living at ground zero for hurricanes and coastal land loss, particularly as hurricane season kicks off in earnest…

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120602/ARTICLES/120609930

 

Native Lands Wash Away as Sea Levels Rise

Friday, June 1, 2012

By Saskia de Melker, PBS NewsHour

Along the coastal bayous of Louisiana, forests are full of dead bald cypress trees, their roots ravaged by saltwater that has been creeping increasingly inland from the Gulf of Mexico…

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/climate-change/jan-june12/louisianacoast_05-30.html

 

U.S. House votes to restore funding for Louisiana ecosystem restoration

Friday, June 1, 2012

By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune

The House voted 216-177 today to restore $10 million of the $16.8 million proposed by President Barack Obama for the first phase of construction under the Louisiana Coastal Area Program…

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/06/post_473.html

 

Don’t raid coastal money from BP spill fines: An editorial

Friday, June 1, 2012

By Manuel Torres, The Times-Picayune

Louisiana lawmakers must understand the urgency of coastal restoration — this state is facing a struggle for its survival and desperately needs Congress to commit 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the BP spill to the Gulf Coast states by passing the Restore Act…

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2012/06/dont_raid_coastal_money_from_b.html

 

Amendment turns coastal money into slush fund

Thursday, May 31, 2012

By Walter Pierce, The Independent Weekly

Coastal restoration advocates are up in arms over an amendment inserted into a bill that would direct fines paid by BP and other companies linked to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill to thestate’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund…

http://www.theind.com/news/10626-amendment-turns-coastal-money-into-slush-fund

 

Northshore protection included in coastal plan

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

By David Freese, St. Tammany News

The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a 50-year, $50 billion plan last week that will help combat Louisiana’s eroding coast while enforcing protection in numerous locations, St. Tammany Parish included…

http://www.thesttammanynews.com/news/article_824647d4-a9d9-11e1-ab9e-001a4bcf887a.html

 

Report shows storm damage could cost Orleans and JP $1.5 billion by 2030

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

By Maya Rodriguez, WWLTV

With the start of the 2012 hurricane season in sight, leaders from communities across the Gulf coast are gathering in New Orleans this week and planning for the worst in the comingyears…

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/New-report-shows-infrastructure-storm-damage-could-cost-Orleans-and-Jefferson-Parishes-15-billion-by-2030-155489785.html

 

Approval of 2012 Master Plan for the Coast is worth celebrating

Sunday, May 27, 2012

By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune

Congratulations are in order today. To the fish and seafood of southeast Louisiana that power one of the most valuable commercial and sports fishing industries in the nation; To the oil and gas industries that mine billions of dollars from our wetlands and offshore property; To the nation that relies on the energy pumped through our coast; To the largest port complex in the nation and all the millions of workers in more than two dozen states that depend on it for their livelihoods; And to the several million people who live on the starving, crumbling deltas of the Mississippi River…

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2012/05/approval_of_2012_master_plan_f.html

 

RESTORE Act huge step in war to save wetlands

Friday, May 25, 2012

By American Press

Approval by the state Legislature earlier this week of the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan presents a monumental step in the war the forces that are eating away at our state’s wetlands…

http://www.americanpress.com/AP-Editorial-5-26-12

 

Master plan for La. coast multi-faceted

Friday, May 25, 2012

By Jeremy Alford, Daily Comet

While it’s easy to focus on local projects included in the coastal master plan the Legislature passed this week, it might be more difficult to pick apart and identify policy-related themes…

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120525/ARTICLES/120529724?Title=Master-plan-for-La-coast-multi-faceted

 

Groups to Louisiana Legislature: Ensure oil spill fines are used for coastal restoration

Friday, May 25, 2012

By RESTORE The Mississippi River Delta

Earlier this week, the Louisiana Legislature finalized passage of the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. This landmark document lays out a bold, science-based vision for restoring the state’s vanishing coastline. The suite of restoration projects included in the plan promises to ease and then reverse the state’s staggering land-loss rates over the course of 50 years…

http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2012/05/25/groups-to-louisiana-legislature-ensure-oil-spill-fines-are-used-for-coastal-restoration/

 

Milling Statement Regarding Final Approval Of The 2012 Coastal Master Plan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

By America’s WETLAND Foundation

We have reached a milestone in Louisiana’s ongoing efforts to restore the values of our eroding coast in Louisiana known as America’s WETLAND. The Louisiana’s Legislature’s passage of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan represents a nationally significant comprehensive systems approach to coastal restoration and protection of one of the nation’s most critical natural resources…

http://www.americaswetland.com/article.cfm?id=1715

 

Conservation Groups Commend Louisiana Legislature for Approving State’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

By Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation

Local and national conservation groups praised the state Legislature today for unanimously approving the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for restoring Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands and protecting the state’s natural resources and communities…

http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/News-by-Topic/Wildlife/2012/05-22-12-Conservation-Groups-Commend-Louisiana-Legislature-for-Approving-2012-Coastal-Master-Plan.aspx

 

Louisiana legislators approve 2012 Coastal Master Plan

By Ducks Unlimited

On May 22, the Louisiana legislature unanimously approved the updated, $50 billion, 50-year Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana, the last step in an approval process that began in January…

http://www.ducks.org/louisiana/louisiana-legislators-approve-2012-coastal-master-plan?poe=rss

 

Approval of 2012 Master Plan for the Coast is worth celebrating

Sunday, May 27, 2012

By The Times-Picayune

Congratulations are in order today. Congratulations because, finally, there is a fighting chance we’ll all still be here in 50 years…

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2012/05/approval_of_2012_master_plan_f.html

 

Louisiana hailed for coastal measures

Thursday, May 24, 2012

By United Press International

Louisiana legislators were praised by a consortium of environmental groups for outlining a 50-year plan to protect the coastal ecosystem. Lawmakers in the southern U.S. state passed, in a unanimous vote, a plan to lay out long-term goals for restoring coastal wetlands…

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/05/24/Louisiana-hailed-for-coastal-measures/UPI-30691337865554/

 

Legislature OKs coastal Master Plan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

By Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

A $50 billion, 50-year proposal aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana has passed the state Legislature…

http://businessreport.com/article/20120523/BUSINESSREPORT0112/120529919/-1/daily-reportAM

 

2012 Coastal Master Plan aims to stem tide of Louisiana land loss

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

By Maya Rodriguez, WWLTV

Looking 50 years into the future, Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan aims to turn back the tide of the relentless land loss plaguing the state. “We’ve been losing roughly 30 miles a year off of our coast. We can not continue to lose that amount of land and protect our people, protect our ecosystems,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-Louisiana…

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/2012-Coastal-Master-Plan-aims-to-stem-tide-of-Louisiana-coastal-land-loss-153277015.html

 

Legislature passes coastal master plan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

By The Daily Comet

A $50 billion, 50-year proposal aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana has passed the state Legislature. The Senate voted 94-0 Tuesday in favor of the 2012 coastal master plan. By law, the state has to update it every five years…

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120523/APN/1205230662?Title=Legislature-passes-coastal-master-plan

 

Lower Miss. cuts new pass

Monday, May 14, 2012

By Amy Wold, The Advocate

Scientists saw something new happen to the lower Mississippi River on Mardi Gras Day — the birth of a new Mississippi River pass…

http://theadvocate.com/home/2802456-125/river-charts-new-course

 

Legislator says coastal plan not optional for state

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

By The Advocate

Louisiana has little choice but to adopt a $50 billion plan to pay for projects that would protect and restore the state’s coastline, the second-highest-ranking member of the Louisiana House of Representatives said Monday…

http://theadvocate.com/home/2766032-125/legislator-says-coastal-plan-not

 

Letter: Act to help revive La. Gulf Coast

Monday, April 30, 2012

By The Advocate

Two years after the BP oil spill, the Louisiana Gulf Coast has reached a tipping point. It is on the cusp of the most ambitious conservation and economic restoration effort in its history…

http://theadvocate.com/news/opinion/2675285-123/letter-act-to-help-revive

 

Coastal zone changes await debate

Saturday, April 21, 2012

By Jeremy Alford, Capitol Correspondent

The House of Representatives will vote on a legislative package in coming days that would refine the boundaries ofLouisiana’s coastal zone and restructure the region’s engineering protocols…

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120421/ARTICLES/120429898/1320?Title=Coastal-zone-changes-await-debate&tc=ar

 

Thank you for your input

Sunday, April 15, 2012

By Houma Today

BISCO is a local, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to improve the lives of residents in southeastern coastal Louisiana. Our mission includes building up the capacity and voices of every day people to address issues of importance to them, to make their communities safer, healthier and sustainable….

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120415/LETTERS/120419739/1031/opinion?Title=Thank-you-for-your-input

 

Mississippi Delta is at risk, but restoration will create jobs and stimulate the economy – report

Thursday, April 12, 2012

By Umair Irfan, E&E reporter

Re-engineering the Mississippi River will stem catastrophic economic and environmental losses from human development and climate change while raising billions of dollars in value, according to a report released yesterday…

http://www.eenews.net/public/climatewire/2012/04/12/2

 

Coastal restoration summary released

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

By Amy Wold, The Advocate

A summary of a Mississippi River delta report released Monday outlines major questions about coastal restoration work in Louisiana, its future and the potential consequences of inaction…

http://theadvocate.com/news/2530774-123/coastal-restoration-summary-released

 

Voters support Louisiana’s latest master plan for coastal work

Friday, April 6, 2012

By Nikki Buskey, Houma Today

Eighty-six percent of Louisiana voters say they want their legislators to approve the state’s 2012 coastal master plan, according to a poll released this week. The plan lays out a 50-year, $50 billion vision for protecting and restoring the coast, including building up hurricane protection projects like Terrebonne’s Morganza-to-the-Gulf and reconnecting the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers to disappearing coastalwetlands…

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120406/ARTICLES/120409758/-1/sports?Title=Voters-support-Louisiana-8217-s-latest-master-plan-for-coastal-work&tc=ar

 

New Orleans residents get updates on levees, coastal work at meeting set by David Vitter

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

New Orleans-area residents peppered officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and state and regional levee agencies with questions about the status of levee and coastal restoration projects during a Wednesday public meeting at the University of New Orleans sponsored by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La…

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/04/new_orleans_residents_get_upda.html

 

Putting a priority on Louisiana’s coast: An editorial

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

By The Times-Picayune

A statewide survey on the state’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan sends a strong message to lawmakers: Pass it. Eighty-six percent of the 801 Louisianians surveyed by Southern Media & Opinion Research said they support a legislative vote for the plan. An even higher number of respondents — 91 percent — said the coast and wetlands are veryimportant to Louisiana…

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2012/04/putting_a_priority_on_louisian.html

 

Poll says most back La. coastal plan

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

By Amy Wold, The Advocate

The plan is a  $50 billion, 50-year plan that includes plans for marsh creation, diversions of water and sediment from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, and hurricane protection. The vast majority of Louisiana residents stated they want their legislators to approve the state’s master plan for coastal restoration and protection, according to a poll released Tuesday…

http://theadvocate.com/news/2482297-123/poll-says-most-back-la

 

Poll: Majority of La. voters want 2012 Coastal Master Plan approved

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

By Business Report

According to a new poll released today by Baton Rouge-based Southern Media & Opinion Research, 86% of voters in Louisiana say they want their legislators to approve the state’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan. The plan lays out a 50-year vision for protecting and restoring the coast, including increased hurricane risk reduction for coastal communities and reconnecting the Mississippi River with disappearing coastal wetlands…

http://businessreport.com/article/20120403/BUSINESSREPORT0112/120409954/-1/daily-reportPM

 

Take Two: Revised coastal plan wins over some critics

Thursday, March 29, 2012

By Fox 8 Live

Some of those most affected by the state’s Coastal Master Plan greeted its unveiling two months ago with a loud thud. However, the Jindal Administration has wonover some early critics thanks to changes in the plan…

http://www.fox8live.com/news/local/story/Take-Two-Revised-coastal-plan-wins-over-some/T-sR6AupYkmaJb4mEtsgWA.cspx

 

Adopt Louisiana’s coastal restoration blueprint: An editorial

Monday, March 26, 2012

By Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune

The state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority spent nearly three months listening to public input on its coastal master plan and making changes before voting unanimously this week to adopt it. Now the 50-year, $50 billion plan, which addresses both hurricane protection and coastal restoration, heads to the state Legislature, and lawmakers should adopt this important road map for our future…

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2012/03/adopt_louisianas_coastal_resto.html

 

St. Charles plans fight for west bank levee

Thursday, March 22, 2012

By Matt Scallan, The Times-Picayune

St. Charles Parish’s proposed west bank hurricane protection levee appears only as a pink squiggly line on a map in the state’s $50 billion Coastal Master Plan that a state panel adopted Wednesday…

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/03/st_charles_plans_fight_for_wes.html

 

Master plan approved by coastal board

Thursday, March 22, 2012

By Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet

The final version of the state’s master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection will contain new projects aimed at protecting lower Terrebonne and south Lafourche…

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120322/ARTICLES/120329829

 

Coastal protection plan headed to vote

Thursday, March 22, 2012

By Amy Wold, The Advocate

The fate of Louisiana’s 50-year, $50 billion master plan for coastal restoration and protection will soon be in the hands of the state Legislature…

http://theadvocate.com/home/2362321-125/coastal-protection-plan-headed-to

 

Coastal Plan Unanimously Passes in Louisiana

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

By Lauren Finnegan, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority unanimously approved a plan that aims to provide hurricane storm surge protection and coastal restoration for the state. The plan, if all aspects of it are implemented, will take 50 years to complete and coast the state $50 billion, according to the Times-Picayune. The next step is for it to be voted on by the Louisiana Legislature…

http://news.yahoo.com/coastal-plan-unanimously-passes-louisiana-212900783.html

 

Coastal authority approves 50-year, $50 billion master plan

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

By  Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority today unanimously approved the 50-year, $50 billion five-year update of the state’s master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane storm surge protection, and sent it on to the Legislature. “Every community gets protection under this plan,” said authority chairman Garret Graves. “No one is left out and no one is left behind…”

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/03/coastal_authority_approves_50-.html

 

Terrebonne project, Bayou Chene floodgate added to Coastal Master Plan

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

By Mike Nixon, Tri-Parish Times

Public resistance to a proposed 2012 Coastal Master Plan, designed by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, has prompted changes to include building a permanentfloodgate on Bayou Chene and increasing marshland restoration activity in southeastern Terrebonne Parish. The original plan did not include these projects…

http://www.tri-parishtimes.com/news/article_2f50b560-7364-11e1-b107-001871e3ce6c.html

 

Coastal restoration plan is improvement for Slidell, Lafitte and the West Bank

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

By Cathy Hughes, The Times-Picayune

A revised state plan for hurricane protection and coastal restoration to be unveiled Wednesday will give new priority to major hurricane protection features for Slidell, Lafitte and the West Bank. It also attempts to allay the fears of local fishers who worry that freshwater diversions will destroy their livelihoods…

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/03/coastal_restoration_plan_is_im.html

 

Public input seems to pay off

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

By Houma Today

When state officials unveiled the new master coastal plan envisioning the next five decades of work, local folks raised concerns. Most notably, the master plan contained little in the way of land building in the most-populated parts of Terrebonne Parish…

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120320/OPINION/120329989/-1/sports?p=2&tc=pg

 

Program would require contracts to consider only locals for coastal jobs

Sunday, March 18, 2012

By Jeremy Alford, Houma Today

A New Orleans lawmaker wants the state to create a new program that would require contracts to initially consider only local workers for regional coastal-restoration and hurricane-protection projects…

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120318/ARTICLES/120319625/1211/news01?Title=Program-would-require-contracts-to-consider-only-locals-for-coastal-jobs

 

Public suggestions included in coastal restoration plan

Thursday, March 15, 2012

By Amy Wold, The Advocate

The state’s draft plan on how coastal restoration and protection will proceed in the next 50 years is going through some changes based on comments received by the public and others…

http://theadvocate.com/home/2310981-125/public-suggestions-included-in-coastal

 

How Spill Settlement Money from BP May Save the Gulf Coast

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

By Bryan Walsh, TIME

I was sitting shotgun in a speedboat chugging along veiny canals that cut through southern Louisiana’s coastline, during the Gulf oil spill in the summer of 2010. There was plenty to see that was out of the ordinary during that tragic summer, but I noticed something else a bit worrisome…

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2108843,00.html?xid=gonewsedit

 

Wild Side

Sunday, March 11, 2012

By Joe Macaluso, Advocate Outdoors writer

The attention “Turning the Tide” garnered goes hand in hand with a big win for our state last week when the U.S. Senate passed the Restore Act.  It’s the first step for local and national groups that have pushed for…

http://theadvocate.com/columnists/2279501-55/wild-side.march-11-2012

 

BP’s $7.8 Billion Settlement of Deepwater Horizon Spill Does Nothing for Louisiana

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

By John Barry, The Daily Beast

BP’s agreement last Friday to settle nearly $8 billion worth of private claims stemming from the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 is commendable. But while it will help thousands of people get back on their feet, it does nothing to address the elephant in the room: the very survival of coastal Louisiana, which includes New Orleans, the largest port in the country, and three more of the nation’s biggest ports…

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/07/bp-s-7-8-billion-settlement-of-deepwater-horizon-spill-does-nothing-for-louisiana.html

 

Much of Gulf Coast prepping for future flooding/storm surge

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

By David Ball, The Record Newspapers

Our neighbors to the east, the State of Louisiana, has had some unpleasant experiences with hurricanes as has Texas. The state government of Louisiana, however, is moving to do something about it so future hurricanes maybe won’t be as devastating as prior ones…

http://therecordlive.com/article/Orange_County_News/Orange_County_News/Much_of_Gulf_Coast_prepping_for_future_floodingstorm_surge/66954

 

We must stand up for ourselves

Saturday, March 3, 2012

By Daily Comet

From health care and education to coastal protection and restoration, recent news out of our state capital paints a grim future for Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. It demands the attention and the action of us all if we are to change that picture from grim to great…

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120303/OPINION/120309864?p=1&tc=pg

 

DU comments on Louisiana coast master plan

Friday, March 2, 2012

By Ducks Unlimited

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has issued a draft of Louisiana’s 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. After public input, the final plan will go to the legislature March 26 for approval…

http://www.ducks.org/conservation/public-policy/waterfowl-advocate/du-comments-on-louisiana-coast-master-plan?poe=recentadded

 

Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign voices strong support for 2012 Coastal Master Plan

Thursday, March 1, 2012

By David Muth, National Wildlife Federation

On Feb. 25, seven organizations sent joint comments to the Coastal Protection and RestorationAuthority (CPRA), voicing strong support for the Draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan. The comments propose a number of ways we feel the master plan can be strengthened and a number of actions we believe the state should undertake going forward…

http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2012/03/01/mississippi-river-delta-restoration-campaign-voices-strong-support-for-2012-coastal-master-plan/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+environmentaldefense+%28EDF.org+-+Main+Feed%29

 

Bass’ arrival in Bayou Perot signals coming of needed change

Sunday, February 19, 2012

By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune

The marsh bass Sidney Bourgeois just pulled from the canal on the western shoreline of Bayou Perot on Wednesday morning was a real fatty, a broad-shouldered fighter showing a belly already sagging with the next generation, a burden that helped it top 3 pounds…

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2012/02/bass_arrival_in_bayou_perot_si.html

 

Working together to save Louisiana’s coast

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

By Billy Nungesser, NOLA.com

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s 2012 Master Plan has received a lot of attention and stirred many emotions. First and foremost, as the president of Plaquemines Parish, I endorse CPRA’s initiative in this regard…

http://blog.nola.com/opinions_impact/print.html?entry=/2012/02/working_together_to_save_louis.html

 

Gulf science institute picks top leaders

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

By Amy Wold, The Advocate

The Water Institute of the Gulf announced Tuesday its president and a board of directors — another step in an idea that has been discussed for years…

http://theadvocate.com/home/2056381-125/gulf-science-institute-picks-top.html

 

The Water Institute of the Gulf formed to coordinate research on restoring Louisiana coast

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

A new nonprofit science institute that will become the research arm of the state’s coastal-restoration program kicked off operations Tuesday with the appointment of a former director of the U.S. Geological Survey as its president and chief executive…

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/02/the_water_institute_of_the_gul.html

 

Coastal Master Plan draft stirs up sediment, controversy

Monday, February 13, 2012

By Paul Braun, LSU Reveille

The most comprehensive effort of coastal protection and restoration in Louisiana’s history may hit the state’s coastline within the year…

http://www.lsureveille.com/news/coastal-master-plan-draft-stirs-up-sediment-controversy-1.2699992#.Tz0J22D8WfR

 

BP oil spill produced one good result — a focus on the Gulf

Sunday, February 12, 2012

By Sun Herald

No one, not even the most sunny-side-up Pollyanna, could look back on the BP oil spill and think it was, on balance, a good thing…

http://www.sunherald.com/2012/02/12/3745061/bp-oil-spill-produced-one-good.html

 

Nothing is final yet in coastal plan

Saturday, February 11, 2012

By Houma Today

When state officials showed up in Houmalast month to present a draft of the 50-year plan for Louisiana’s coast, they got a cool reception…

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120211/opinion/120219902/opinion/nothing_is_final_yet_in_coastal_plan

 

Coastal projects outlined

Thursday, February 9, 2012

By Jeff Zeringue, The Daily Iberian

Louisiana residents have until Feb. 25 to comment on the Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, a state scientist said…

http://www.iberianet.com/news/coastal-projects-outlined/article_ae6bb800-533d-11e1-9d29-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Master plan could change under public scrutiny

Thursday, February 9, 2012

By Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet

State officials say a $50 billion draft plan for coastal protection and restoration that faced harsh criticism at a meeting in Terrebonne last month can be changed based on public comment…
http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120209/ARTICLES/120209550

 

Coastal restoration, protection should concern all in Southwest Louisiana

Monday, February 6, 2012

By American Press

If there’s one clear message from area residents to the agency charged with preserving and restoring Southwest Louisiana’s coast and wetlands, it’s that we’re all in this together….

http://www.americanpress.com/AP-Editorial-2-7-12

 

Our Views: Get behind Louisiana coastal plan

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

By The Advocate

The sheer size of Louisiana’s coastal crisis has, in a perverse way, limited this state’s response to one of its most pressing challenges. The problem of coastal erosion is so big, with Louisiana losing at least 16 square miles of land each year, that politicians, policymakers and the general public couldn’t seem to get their hands around the task they faced — and how to tackle it…

http://theadvocate.com/home/1999151-125/our-views-get-behind-louisiana.html

 

Rebuilding Wetlands by Managing The Muddy Mississippi

February 2012

By Carolyn Gramling, Science Magazine

When spillways were opened to divert the fl ooding Mississippi last spring, scientists studying the waters sought data that might help restore the river’s eroding delta…

Click here to view a PDF of the article

 

Paradise withering

Saturday, February 4, 2012

By Kerry Luft, Chicago Tribune reporter

First came the hurricane, which poured 24 feet of water into his fishing and hunting lodge

and knocked out utilities for 8 1/2 months…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/site/newspaper/sports/ct-spt-0204-louisiana-outdoors–20120204,0,2721351.story

 

Consider the needs of coastal communities

Friday, February 3, 2012

By P.J. Hahn, Contributing Op-Ed columnist, NOLA.com

Current and historical land loss in coastal Louisiana confirms that Louisiana is in a crisis for which emergency action must be taken. The Coastal Protection andRestoration Authority’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan is one of the many proactive steps the state of Louisiana has taken since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita toorganize and focus our efforts on a crisis of national significance…

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2012/02/consider_the_needs_of_coastal.html

 

Author’s speech blends La. environment, economy, history

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

By Gordon Brillon, The Daily Reveille

Students got a historical perspective on Louisiana’s energy and environmental situation from University alumnus and Harvard Kennedy School fellow Jason Theriot, who spoke Monday to a crowd of about 100 in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building…

http://www.lsureveille.com/mobile/news/author-s-speech-blends-la-environment-economy-history-1.2692474

 

GULF OF MEXICO: ‘Restoration’ is a shifty word on the bayou

Monday, January 30, 2012

By Paul Voosen, E&E reporter

One of the early efforts proposed to help Louisiana recover from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the plan piggybacks on existing construction, adding 100 acres of marsh east of a shallow lake nestled between the Mississippi River and Barataria Bay….

http://www.eenews.net/public/Greenwire/2012/01/30/1

 

Views collide at meeting on state’s coastal plan

Monday, January 30, 2012

By Susan Buchanan, The Louisiana Weekly

An open house held by the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in New Orleans last week on a draft of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan drew mixed, earnest and sometimes vehement comments…

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/views-collide-at-meeting-on-state%e2%80%99s-coastal-plan/

 

Island left out of plan

Monday, January 30, 2012

By Amy Wold, Advocate Staff Writer

When Chris Chaisson, 28 of Pointe-Aux-Chenes, stood up to comment on the state’s plan for coastal protection and restoration, he became very emotional.

http://theadvocate.com/home/1887679-125/island-left-out-of-plan.html

 

They were right

Saturday, January 28, 2012

By Keith Magill, Executive Editor

Residents’ and politicians’ outrage over the state’s latest plan to limit damage from hurricanes and an eroding coast was understandable and predictable…

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120129/OPINION01/120129585/1026/news01?Title=They-were-right

 

The Mississippi River Delta Must Be Restored

Friday, January 27, 2012

By Randy Fertel, The New York Times

The Mississippi River Delta loses the equivalent of a football field of marshland every hour as it melts into the Gulf of Mexico.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/opinion/the-mississippi-river-delta-must-be-restored.html?_r=2

 

State plan is a place to start

Friday, January 27, 2012

By The Houma Today

A public-information session and public meeting Tuesday turned up some negative comments about the state’s recently released master coastal plan.

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120127/OPINION/120129660/-1/opinion?p=1&tc=pg

 

New Orleans Protection Plan Will Rely on Wetlands to Hold Back Hurricanes

Thursday, January 26, 2012

By Mark Fischetti, Scientific American

More than six years after Hurricane Katrina plowed into New Orleans and the Mississippi River delta, a plan has finally emerged to protect the area from future storms. It relies heavily on the restoration of wetlands to cut down high surges ofocean water like those that flooded the city in 2005—somewhat of a surprise, considering past efforts focused on levees and seawalls.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/01/26/new-orleans-protection-plan-will-rely-on-wetlands-to-hold-back-hurricanes/?WT.mc_id=SA_emailfriend

 

Coastal Louisiana Master Plan released

Thursday, January 26, 2012

By Dr. Bill Dennison, Integration & Application Network

Coastal Louisiana has experienced considerable land loss over the past century due to relative sea level rise. This land loss has led to increased vulnerability to storm surges, as dramatically illustrated when storm surges from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wrecked havoc on Louisiana in 2005.

http://ian.umces.edu/blog/2012/01/26/coastal-louisiana-master-plan-released/

 

Public hearing held for $1.1 billion Louisiana levee

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By Olivia Vidal, KPLCTV

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – A public hearing regarding plans to protect Louisiana’s fragile coastline is in effect at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

http://www.kplctv.com/story/16511738/11-billion-levee-around-lake-charles-part-of-bold-proposal

 

Residents, officials speak mind about coastal restoration master plan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By John Guidroz, American Press

Southwest Louisiana residents and officials gave a clear message Wednesday to state officials regarding a 50-year, $50 billion coastal restoration draft masterplan: include shoreline protection for Cameron Parish.

http://www.americanpress.com/news/local/coastal-meeting-story

 

Master plan forgets bayou communities, residents say

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By Nikki Buskey, Houma Today

The state’s new 50-year, $50 billion draft plan for coastal protection and restoration does not do enough to replace rapidly disappearing marshes in eastern Terrebonnethat protect bayou communities, residents told state officials Tuesday.

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120125/ARTICLES/120129791/1319?Title=Master-plan-forgets-bayou-communities-residents-say

 

St. Charles Parish west bank levee omitted from state’s coastal restoration plan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By Matt Scallan, The Times-Picayune

A wide-ranging plan to protect and restore Louisiana’s coastline doesn’t include St. Charles Parish’s planned west bank hurricane levee, and parish officials fear the parish’s west bank will be more vulnerable to storms than before.

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/01/st_charles_parish_west_bank_le.html

 

Take the long view on Louisiana’s coastal restoration plan: An editorial

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune

Louisiana’s first public hearing on its proposed 50-year master plan for coastal restoration and protection, held in New Orleans Monday, drew criticism from fishers who oppose large diversions of freshwater and sediment because they fear damage to their industry. The master plan offers speculative land-building at the cost of saltwater species, they argued.

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2012/01/take_the_long_view_on_louisian.html

 

Master plan forgets bayou communities, residents say

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

By Houma Today

The state’s new 50-year, $50 billion draft plan for coastal protection and restoration does not do enough to replace rapidly disappearing marshes in eastern Terrebonne that protect bayou communities, attendees at a Houma meeting told state officials Tuesday.

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120124/HURBLOG/120129829/1223?Title=Master-plan-forgets-bayou-communities-residents-say

 

Coastal Master Plan Draws Critics, And Some Praise

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

By Eileen Fleming, WWNO

The draft report includes 145 projects designed to protect coastal communities and restore land, possibly building more than is lost to erosion for the first time since the 1930s.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wwno/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1897147/WWNO.News.Reports/Coastal.Master.Plan.Draws.Critics..And.Some.Praise

 

Tough choices in new plan to restore coast

Monday, January 23, 2012

By Zoe Sullivan, The Louisiana Weekly

Southern Louisiana residents know that the ground under their feet has been moving, and in areas, disappearing. Hurricanes and tropical storms have been eating away at the coast’s protective marshlands, which levees have cut off from the river’s sediment, which would maintain and build the land. Yet figuring out how to stop this destruction and reverse the process provokes ire amongfisher folk, the shipping industry and others.

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/tough-choices-in-new-plan-to-restore-coast/

 

State coastal restoration, levee master plan revision subject of public meeting

Monday, January 23, 2012

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

State officials will brief members of the public on the draft of the 5-year revision of the Louisiana Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast during a public meeting and hearing today at the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center at the University of New Orleans.

http://mobile.nola.com/advnola/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=DISTQsqK&full=true#display

 

Fishers say coastal master plan could destroy their livelihoods

Monday, January 23, 2012

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

Fishers from St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes on Monday night objected to thereliance of the state’s proposed $50 billion, 50-year coastal restoration and protection master plan on large diversions of freshwater and sediment, charging that the freshwater will destroy their ability to catch shrimp and saltwater fish species.

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/01/fishermen_object_to_large_dive.html

 

Master plan for coastal restoration gives hope

Sunday, January 22, 2012

By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune

We need to discuss two words today: Hope and courage. In almost 40 years of covering the state’s coastal crisis, “hope” is a word I’ve seldom been able to write. There were decades when the state refused to even acknowledge we had problem. There were political leaders who refused to address the forces responsible. And there was a population that refused to get involved. So it was little wonder during that time the Gulf of Mexico moved within eye-shot of our major cities, or that the groundwork was laid for a disaster named Katrina.

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration AuthorityThe 2012 Master Plan for the Louisiana coast provides the bluepint for a sustainable future on the starving, sinking deltas that form our landscape. But it needs the support of the people to turn it into a reality.

But last week, finally, we got hope. It’s called “Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast” — aka the 2012 Master Plan. It’s a $50 billion blueprint for keeping our starving, sinking deltas livable in 50 years…

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2012/01/master_plan_for_coastal_restor.html

 

Come out, learn and contribute

Saturday, January 21, 2012

By Daily Comet

The sea of red splashed across south Louisiana represents the land that will be lost in the next 50 years if nothing more is done to protect our coast.

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120121/OPINION/120129937?Title=Come-out-learn-and-contribute

 

The Louisiana Master Plan launches us into the future: Where will we land?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Scott Eustis, Gulf Restoration Network

Restoring Louisiana’s wetlands, North America’s Great Delta, is a national issue, and Louisiana has taken a leadership role.  We are excited that Louisiana is ramping up piecemeal projects into larger scale restoration that truly addresses the crisis, and is pursuing a long-term vision that reconnects the Mississippi River with its Delta and protects coastal communities from the Gulf of Mexico.

http://healthygulf.org/201201191787/blog/storm-protection-/-coastal-issues/the-louisiana-master-plan-launches-us-into-the-future-where-will-we-land

 

The 50 Year, $50 billion Plan to Save the Louisiana Coast

Friday, January 20, 2012

By Bob Marshall, The Conservationist

Louisiana released its long-awaited master plan to permanently address the nation’s most severe fish, wildlife and economic disaster: The destruction of the great Mississippi River estuary and the rest of the state’s coast.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/conservationist/2012/01/50-year-50-billion-plan-save-louisiana-coast

 

Writing the Rule That Will Rebuild the Bayou – With Carbon

January 19, 2012

By Molly Peters-Stanley, Ecosystem Marketplace

When Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge – the highest in recorded history at 27.8 feet – hit New Orleans’ St. Bernard Parish in August, 2005, the floodwaters breached levies and poured in first from the north and the east.

http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=8828&section=news_articles&eod=1

 

Louisiana coastal plan: 5 decades and $50 billion

Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Mike Hasten, The Town Talk

A proposed new master plan for protecting and restoring Louisiana’s coast won’t make everybody happy, says the chairman of state panel charged with that task, but it’s a plan that can protect the state from further ruin from storms.

http://en.occa.mard.gov.vn/Crawl-Content/Louisiana-coastal-plan-5-decades-and-50-billion-Alexandria-Town-Talk/2012/1/20/70960.news

 

Coastal plan worthy of support

Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Don Shoopman, The Daily Iberian

As always, the local angle is the preferred one for The Daily Iberian, especially when it deals with the valuable Louisiana coast line in the Teche Area.

http://m.iberianet.com/mobile/opinion/editorials/coastal-plan-worthy-of-support/article_b11629b8-42c7-11e1-a7cc-001871e3ce6c.html

 

Panel requires changes to plan for saving coast

Thursday, January 19, 2012

BY Amy Wold,  staff writer

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority members from southwest Louisiana and Plaquemines Parish said Wednesday they could not support the state’s new draft master plan to save the coast without changes to it.

http://theadvocate.com/home/1739885-125/panel-requires-changes-to-plan.html

 

Plaquemines Parish officials criticize state’s plan to save the coast

Thursday, January 19, 2012

By WWL-TV (Credit: AP)

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority members from Plaquemines Parish are criticizing the state’s new draft master plan to save the coast.

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/plaquemines/Plaquemines-Parish-officials-criticize-states-plan-to-save-the-coast-137661608.html

 

Coastal plan spans decades

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

By Mike Hasten, The News Star

A proposed master plan for protecting and restoring Louisiana’s coast won’t make everybody happy, says Garret Graves, chairman of state panel charged with the task, but it’s a plan that can protect the state from further ruin from storms.

http://en.occa.mard.gov.vn/Crawl-Content/Coastal-plan-spans-decades-Monroe-News-Star/2012/1/19/70855.news

 

Coastal Protection Authority releases Master Plan to repair state’s coastline

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

By Vermillion Today

Having a plan is a great way to begin any project; having funds is a great way to complete a project.
http://vermiliontoday.com/view/full_story/17200094/article-Coastal-Protection-Authority-releases-Master-Plan-to-repair-state’s-coastline?instance=secondary_news_left_column

 

Draft of 5-year coastal approach coming to Houma

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

By Eric Besson, Tri-Parish Times

The state agency in charge of prioritizing coastal restoration and protection projects will submit a draft of its five-year master plan for public reviewlater this month in Houma.

http://www.tri-parishtimes.com/news/article_1ed9cb49-df4d-54d0-8703-ccff2236bfdf.html

 

Comment on coastal plan  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

By HoumaToday.com

The state has released its updated master plan on coastal restoration and hurricane protection for public review.  The draft is available at www.coastalmasterplan.la.gov. You can comment on the plan online through Feb. 25…

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120117/ARTICLES/120119609/-1/opinion?Title=Area-news-in-brief-Jan-17-2012

 

Louisiana’s updated coastal restoration plan is a map to the future: An editorial

Sunday, January 15, 2012

By Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune

The state’s update plan for coastal restoration lays out two vastly different pictures of the future for Louisiana — one dire, one hopeful. In the first, nothing is done to combat the complex forces that have already caused this state to lose 1,883 squaremiles of land since the 1930s…

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2012/01/louisianas_updated_coastal_res.html

 

Coastal study proposes several projects for Southwest Louisiana

Saturday, January 14, 2012

By John Guidroz, American Press

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast” is a 170-plus page document that outlines coastal protection projects throughout the state. It is a revised version of a plan released in 2007 and requires approval by the state Legislature…

http://www.americanpress.com/news/local/projects-for-Southwest-Louisiana

 

What a dilemma

Saturday, January 14, 2012

By Keith Magill, Executive Editor, Houma Today

What impressed me most as I read the state’s latest plan to save its coast is the map. A sea of red, representing an encroaching Gulf of Mexico, consumes almost every inch of every inhabited community south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. And the parts that are left within 50 years look like they would flood so often it would make them impractical to inhabit…

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20120114/OPINION01/120119722/1098/opinion?Title=What-a-dilemma

 

Don’t miss your chance

Friday, January 13, 2012

By Reggie Dupre Jr., Guest Columnist, Daily Comet

The state’s 2012 update to the coastal plan was released Thursday.  With so many plans and public meetings held in our area over the past decade, I wanted to take the time to stress how important it is for our region to not fall victim to plan fatigue, especially knowing how much this particular plan will shape the future of Terrebonne and Lafourche for the next five very formative years…

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120113/ARTICLES/120119756?Title=Don-t-miss-your-chance

 

Louisiana Releases 2012 Coastal Master Plan to Address Erosion Crisis

Friday, January 13, 2012

By Ocean Power Magazine

Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost land the size of Delaware—about 1880 square miles. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, if this trend continues, Louisiana will lose a wetland area larger than the size of Manhattan every year.

http://www.oceanpowermagazine.net/2012/01/13/louisiana-releases-2012-coastal-master-plan-to-address-erosion-crisis/

 

Plan to save coast released

Friday, January 13, 2012

By Claire Taylor, The Advertiser

In as little as 30 years, Louisiana could be gaining land along its coast instead of losing it, Kirk Rhinehart, chief of planning with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, said Friday…

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/theadvertiser/access/2560555961.html?FMT=ABS&date=Jan+14%2C+2012

 

Master coastal plan positive

Friday, January 13, 2012

By Amy Wold, Advocate Staff Writer

Over the years, there’s been no shortage of reports and planning about how to slow or stop the loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana, but on Thursday the state released a different sort of plan…

http://theadvocate.com/home/1669127-125/master-coastal-plan-positive.html

 

Bold plan proposed to save coastal Louisiana

Friday, January 13, 2012

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A $50 billion, 50-year proposal aspires to stop coastal land loss in Louisiana, build new levee systems to protect cities and even begin to slowly reverse the trend of eroding marsh that has turned the entire southern portion of the state into one of the nation’s most vulnerable regions to sea level rise…

http://www.salon.com/2012/01/13/bold_plan_proposed_to_save_coastal_louisiana/singleton/

 

State picks winners and losers in new coastal plan

Thursday, January 12, 2012

By John Snell, Fox 8 TV Anchor

New Orleans, LA – The State of Louisiana launched the most detailed, and in some ways, most ambitious plan yet to rebuild its coastline…

http://www.fox8live.com/news/local/story/States-picks-winners-and-losers-in-new-coastal/f_bqu0Ick0i-NSO6K0yABw.cspx

 

Louisiana coastal restoration 50-year blueprint released

Thursday, January 12, 2012

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

Declaring Louisiana’s loss of coastal wetlands “nothing short of a national emergency,” state officials today released a $50 billion, 50-year strategy for rebuilding land and increasingprotection from storm surge for coastal communities that they say can be paid for with money the state is reasonably sure it will receive…

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/01/louisiana_releases_50-year_blu.html

 

$1.1 billion levee around Lake Charles part of bold proposal

Thursday, January 12, 2012

By David Bray, KPLCTV

Governor Jindal’s coast team announced Thursday in New Orleans plans for a bold 50-year $50 billion program to protect Louisiana’s fragile coastline which includes a $1.1 billion levee to built around Lake Charles…

http://www.kplctv.com/story/16511738/11-billion-levee-around-lake-charles-part-of-bold-proposal

 

La. coastal restoration plan has fishermen concerned

Thursday, January 12, 2012

By Evan Anderson, Fox 8 Live Reporter

Since the state laid out an elaborate new plan aimed at rebuilding the state’s coastline, it has raised red flags for many people in the fishing industry…

http://www.fox8live.com/news/local/story/La-coastal-restoration-plan-has-fishermen/-5Th5Wue0UWpzp8vicAlJw.cspx

 

2012 Coastal Master Plan, some say best in years

Thursday, January 12, 2012

By WWL-TV

On Thursday, the state will release its 2012 Coastal Master Plan, and some observers might say this is the best plan devised in years…

http://www.wwltv.com/eyewitness-morning-news/2012-Coastal-Master-Plan-some-say-best-in-years-137173538.html

Feliz Cumpleaños

The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority today unanimously approved the 50-year, $50 billion five-year update of the state’s master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane storm surge protection, and sent it on to the Legislature. “Every community gets protection under this plan,” said authority chairman Garret Graves. “No one is left out and no one is left behind.”