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Key Louisiana coastal project facing five-year wait for federal permits

March 16, 2017

An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told a standing-room-only crowd at the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority board meeting in New Orleans today that it will likely be 2022 before the federal agency decides whether to…

Major Louisiana coastal restoration project won’t get permits before 2022, Corps of Engineers says

March 16, 2017

The environmental permits required to begin construction of the $1.3 billion Mid-Barataria sediment diversion near Myrtle Grove, a key piece of Louisiana's coastal protection and restoration master plan, will not be issued until at least 2022, a spokesman for the…

These 5 Louisiana coastal projects are Gov. John Bel Edwards’ top priorities

March 10, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards listed five projects from Louisiana's coastal master plan in a letter asking President Donald Trump to expedite federal environmental reviews of the proposed work. Edwards said the five projects would pay dividends for the entire country.

Trump administration should fast-track Louisiana coastal projects: Editorial

March 10, 2017

The urgency of repairing Louisiana's eroding coastline is obvious to people who live and work here. The shape of our coast changes every day as land becomes water.

Louisiana relies on dredging for navigation and land restoration

March 10, 2017

When maritime stakeholders think about dredging, they typically first conjure up visions of harbor deepening projects to accommodate those giant, post-Panamax boxships. Conversely, inland players hope for maintenance dredging in the heartland to keep the nation’s 31,000 cargo barges afloat…

Governor Edwards sends Trump a list of coast protection priorities

March 9, 2017

Governor John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to President Donald Trump detailing a list of high priority coastal protection infrastructure projects to be considered under the president’s executive order, Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects.…

Louisiana Governor Calls on President Trump to Expedite Coastal Infrastructure Projects

March 9, 2017

(NEW ORLEANS – March 8, 2017) This morning, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards sent a letter to the Administration outlining the state’s coastal restoration and protection infrastructure priorities. In his letter, Governor Edwards proposes that the Administration give high priority…

The Infrastructure Opportunity Nobody Is Talking About – Yet

March 2, 2017, Steve Cochran -- In the divisive political atmosphere of 2017, there is one issue that leaders across the spectrum agree on: The immediate and compelling need to rebuild America’s worn and damaged infrastructure.

Mardi Gras Pass is building land. Here’s why it’s important.

February 24, 2017

With Mardi Gras celebrations in full swing, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation recently released a report examining two years of data collection and observations at Mardi Gras Pass – a naturally forming distributary of the Mississippi River that is building…

Union Pacific’s new tracks over Bayou Lafourche get official welcome in Donaldsonville

February 24, 2017, Ellyn Couvillion-- DONALDSONVILLE - In December, the Mississippi River began flowing into Bayou Lafourche faster than it has for the last half century, thanks in part to the $4.8 million transformation of a railroad crossing over the bayou.

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