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Making the Most of an Unprecedented Opportunity: Funding Louisiana’s Coastal Program

August 10, 2017

CPRA must determine which projects to build when, coordinate permitting and engineering and design timelines, and then factor in the length of construction to draw a map of the financial needs of the agency. Along the way these project schedules…

International firm tapped to oversee design of Mid-Barataria diversion

August 2, 2017

AECOM, an international engineering and infrastructure design firm, has been selected to oversee project management, engineering and design for the proposed $1.3 billion Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversionon the west bank of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has…

Coastal Crusader: Stirling Properties CEO Marty Mayer is leading a group of top local businesspeople fighting to save our coast

August 2, 2017

On June 2, the state legislature passed the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. The third revision of the plan since 2007, this version calls for 124 projects to be created that will build or maintain 800 square miles of land.

Giant model of lower Mississippi River takes shape at new research facility

July 27, 2017

(WVUE) - Researchers studying proposed sediment diversions on the Mississippi River will have a giant new tool soon, a 90 x 120 foot physical model of the river and the delta it built.

Compared to this $17 billion project, Louisiana frugal on coastal diversions: report

July 25, 2017

Louisiana hopes to spend $5.1 billion moving sediment and freshwater to new sites to save its coast, including $1.2 billion just for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project. But that investment pales in comparison what California is doing: On Friday, Gov.…

Weeks Marine building $60 million dredge for coast projects

July 20, 2017

nola.com, Mark Schleifstein -- Covington-based Weeks Marine Inc., one of the nation's largest dredging companies, announced Wednesday (July 19) that it is building a new $60 million dredge, largely because of the increased demand caused by the state's coastal restoration…

We Must Act Quickly to Save Louisiana’s Coast

July 20, 2017

waltonfamilyfoundation.org, Kyle Peterson -- Imagine if your state was suffering the world’s highest rate of land loss, with coastal wetlands rapidly disappearing, leaving communities more vulnerable to large storms – all the while facing the start of another hurricane season…

Coast authority focuses on paying $3 billion New Orleans area levee debt

July 20, 2017

nola.com, Mark Schleifstein -- The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority focused on its so-far unsuccessful efforts to get the federal government to dismiss a $3 billion bill for the state's share of building the New Orleans area hurricane levee…

Louisiana land loss, while slowing, still a football field every 100 minutes

July 12, 2017

Louisiana's fragile coastline receded at a significantly slower rate -- an average of a football field every 100 minutes -- between 2010 and 2016, according to a study released Wednesday (July 12) by the U.S. Geological Survey. That's an improvement, yet land is…

Mississippi mud may hold hope for Louisiana coast

July 12, 2017

Many studies say capturing Mississippi River sand through diversions is key to rebuilding Louisiana’s vanishing coast. But a new study in the open-access journal Earth Surface Dynamics of an old levee breach, or crevasse, along Bayou Lafourche indicates that mud,…

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