Coastal Protection http://wrkf.org en Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says http://wrkf.org/post/rate-coastal-wetlands-loss-has-sped-us-study-says The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to the latest data published by federal agencies. More than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico; nationwide, most of the loss was blamed on development that incurred on freshwater wetlands.<p>"The losses of these vital wetlands were 25 percent greater than during the previous six years," NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports for our Newscast unit. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 19187 at http://wrkf.org Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says For Strengthening Levees, Bermuda Grass Is Hard To Beat http://wrkf.org/post/strengthening-levees-bermuda-grass-hard-beat <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2013/11/marshalllevees.mp3" class="asset-audio">Reporter Bob Marshall explores how Bermuda grass can be the best material to help strengthen levees.</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The idea that grass can armor anything is hard to believe.</span><p>But on a recent visit to the Lake Pontchartrain&#160;levee, LSU agronomist Jeff Beasley explained how plain old, garden variety grass has earned a reputation with the US Army Corps of Engineers as one of the best armoring materials to keep the huge mud walls of a levee from collapsing during a storm.<p Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:33:54 +0000 editor 18684 at http://wrkf.org For Strengthening Levees, Bermuda Grass Is Hard To Beat The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Diversions? http://wrkf.org/post/louisiana-coast-last-call-diversions <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2014/03/20131104LastCall.mp3" class="asset-audio">The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Diversions?</a><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 21px; line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre-wrap;">Anyone following the development of the Master Plan for the Louisiana coast knows that the central part of the plan is also its most controversial: large scale river diversions, opening the levees on the sides of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans to let the silt-carrying Mississippi out into these sinking deltas Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:13:24 +0000 editor 18361 at http://wrkf.org The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Diversions? Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost? http://wrkf.org/post/rebuilding-storm-struck-coastlines-worth-cost One year ago Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, devastating shoreline communities from Florida to Maine.<p>Many of these areas have been rebuilt, including the Long Beach boardwalk, about 30 miles outside New York City. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new boardwalk Friday.<p>Ninety percent of the funding for the restoration came from the federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid $44 million to repair the devastation.<p>Jack and Roseanne Vanderbeck love the new boardwalk. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 17992 at http://wrkf.org Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost? Levee Board Takes On Oil Industry Over Damage To Delta http://wrkf.org/post/levee-board-takes-oil-industry-over-damage-delta <p style="margin-bottom: 1.42857em; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; line-height: 20px;">&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2013/08/marketplace_segment19_20130829_64.mp3" class="asset-audio">Levee Board Takes On Oil Industry Over Damage To Delta</a><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; line-height: 20px;">Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has a new flood protection system — $14 billion of levees, pumps and flood gates built by the Ar Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:03:43 +0000 Eve Troeh 15460 at http://wrkf.org Levee Board Takes On Oil Industry Over Damage To Delta Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit http://wrkf.org/post/lawmakers-poke-holes-flood-protection-board-lawsuit-0 <p>Taxpayers may be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.</p><p>SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 14782 at http://wrkf.org The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Funding The Master Plan http://wrkf.org/post/louisiana-coast-last-call-funding-master-plan <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2014/03/20130805LastCall.mp3" class="asset-audio">The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Funding The Master Plan</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Louisiana officials unveiled the $50-billion </span><a href="http://www.coastalmasterplan.louisiana.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Master Plan for the Coast</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a 50-year program that could prevent most of southeast Louisiana from sinking under the Gulf by the end of the century as predicted, they knew one of their most important priorities would be gettin Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:06:21 +0000 editor 14339 at http://wrkf.org The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Funding The Master Plan THURSDAY: Author John Barry, Crime Author Tony Thompson http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-author-john-barry-crime-author-tony-thompson <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.johnmbarry.com" target="_blank">John M. Barry</a>, author of "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927" and member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, talks about his group's lawsuit brought against nearly 100 energy companies for damage done to the state's coast.</p><p>True crime author Tony Thompson on his latest book, "Outlaws", about renegade biker gangs.</p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:24:42 +0000 Jim Engster 14150 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: Author John Barry, Crime Author Tony Thompson Ban on Red Snapper Needed? http://wrkf.org/post/ban-red-snapper-needed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to federal regulations, Louisiana’s nine-day recreational red snapper fishing season legally starts next weekend. But some fishermen have been landing snapper since the state season started in March — at the risk of also landing a ticket from federal authorities.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.15;">The discrepancy between state and federal red snapper authorities is the subject of a bill sponsored by Sen. Bret </span>Allain<span style="line-height: 1.15;">. </span>Allain<span style="line-height: 1.15;"> wants to put an all-out ban on red snapper, reasoning that if the fisheries are in such dire straits, maybe they shouldn’t be fished at all.</span></p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 10859 at http://wrkf.org Ban on Red Snapper Needed? THURSDAY: CPRA Chair Garret Graves, Southern's Dr. James Llorens and Michelle Hill http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-cpra-chair-garret-graves-southerns-dr-james-llorens-and-michelle-hill <p>Jim talks with Garret Graves, Chairman of the Coastal Protection &amp; Restoration Authority of Louisiana, and Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities.</p><p>From Southern University, Chancellor James Llorens and Admissions and Enrollment Director Michelle Hill discuss budget and enrollment challenges on The Bluff.</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:12:53 +0000 Jim Engster 6437 at http://wrkf.org