Coastal Desk

Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

In this week's coastal news roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talks with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reporter Tristan Baurick about a controversial plan to build an airport inside Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge. After undergoing a multimillion-dollar restoration, the south Jefferson Parish refuge teems with birds and other wildlife, including several threatened species. It came as a shock to many conservationists that the state had signed off on an idea to put an airport on protected habitat. 

Travis Lux / WWNO

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: construction on part of the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline has been halted and several protesters face felonies. Plus, shrimpers are catching record low amounts of shrimp in the Gulf.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux talks about the week in coastal news with Tristan Baurick, from Nola.com | The Times-Picayune.

Brett Duke / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The Jefferson Parish landfill, and whether it's the source of persistent odors irritating Harahan and River Ridge residents, are the topics of this week's Coastal News Roundup. WWNO's Tegan Wendland talks with reporter Drew Broach of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. 

Listen

Coastal News Roundup: Katrina Anniversary

Aug 31, 2018
NASA

This week marks the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. WWNO's Tegan Wendland talked with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune environment reporter Mark Schleifstein about how that storm has affected the area's perception of risk, the levee system and the nation's hurricane forecasting.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: the Endangered Species Act. The ESA went into effect in 1973, and since then, several Louisiana species that were once endangered have come back from the brink of extinction.

 

Recently, both congress and the Trump Administration have proposed changes to the law.

 

Sara Sneath, environmental reporter for Nola.com/The Times-Picayune, has been writing about the impact of the law in Louisiana. WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with her about the proposed changes, and how the act has helped some of Louisiana’s most iconic species -- like the American alligator, the brown pelican, and the Louisiana black bear.

Travis Lux / WWNO

Just ahead of the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a museum dedicated to educating people about the storm -- and the levee breaches -- has opened in Gentilly.

The Flooded House Museum is located at 4918 Warrington Dr. in Gentilly. It was severely damaged when the London Avenue Canal levee, which runs directly behind it, failed during the storm.

 

It’s been redone to look like it did the day before the levees broke and flooded the city. Visitors can peer in through the windows, like you would a dollhouse or diorama.

Travis Lux / WWNO

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is getting yet another interim director, and three top officials have resigned from the utility.

The moves come just a couple of weeks before a new permanent director is scheduled to take the helm.

David Callahan -- a retired rear admiral with the Coast Guard -- will be the fourth temporary executive director of the Sewerage and Water Board in about a year. Callahan will replace Jade Brown-Russell.

Brett Duke / Nola.com | The Times-Picayune

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: a newish technology called environmental DNA, how sea level rise threatens internet infrastructure, and what we can learn from the alligator amid proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act.

Environmental reporters Sara Sneath and Joan Meiners from Nola.com | The Times-Picayune talk about the week in coastal news.

Travis Lux / WWNO

The flooding of August 5th, 2017 revealed that several pumps, and the generators that power them, were broken.

 

Most of that equipment has now been fixed, but last week, lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit against the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans over damages caused by the flood waters.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with New Orleans Advocate reporter Jeff Adelson about the suit, and what comes next.

Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

For this week's coastal news roundup, WWNO's Tegan Wendland talks with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reporter Tristan Baurick about a possible shrimpers' strike and a visit to Port Eads, a little-known and remote outpost at the mouth of the Mississippi.

 

Pages