wetlands http://wrkf.org en Partnership will Educate and Enable Farmers to Restore Wetlands http://wrkf.org/post/partnership-will-educate-and-enable-farmers-restore-wetlands <p><span class="BodyCopy">One scientist with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the key to improving our watersheds is educating our farmers. A new partnership between the LDEQ and the state and federal departments of agriculture aims to do just that. </span></p><p class="BodyCopy">WRKF's Tegan Wendland had a conversation with Jan Boydston, Senior Environmental Scientist at the LDEQ, about the new initiative, which focuses on educating and training farmers in Acadia, Lafayette, Vermilion, Catahoula and Tangipahoa parishes.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Tegan Wendland 2277 at http://wrkf.org Partnership will Educate and Enable Farmers to Restore Wetlands Institute Seeks to Bridge Gap Between Research and Engineering to Save Gulf http://wrkf.org/post/institute-seeks-bridge-gap-between-research-and-engineering-save-gulf <p><span class="BodyCopy">This week the state legislature unanimously approved the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, a 50 year blueprint for restoring disappearing wetlands and protecting the state's natural resources.</span><br><br><span class="BodyCopy">Coastal land loss is an ongoing problem in gulf states and there are many agencies, non-profits and universities working to solve it. An independent research institute hopes to be the linchpin that brings them all together. The Water Institute of the Gulf was founded last year and has just selected UL-Lafayette civil engineering professor Ehab Meselhe as the new director of natural systems. He's also heading up a five-year, $25 million federally funded project studying land loss and restoration. </span><br><br>WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with him about how he hopes the <a href="http://thewaterinstitute.org/" target="_blank">Water Institute</a> will streamline efforts to save the gulf.</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Tegan Wendland 2589 at http://wrkf.org Institute Seeks to Bridge Gap Between Research and Engineering to Save Gulf