Coastal Desk

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This week on the Coastal News Roundup: the state gets a big chunk of money for coastal restoration, but not as much as it hoped for. Plus, details on an upcoming project restoration project on the Lake Pontchartrain levee in Jefferson Parish.

WWNO’s Travis Lux talks about the week in coastal news with Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter at Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

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The Bayou Bridge Pipeline faces another legal challenge from landowners opposed to construction. Judge Keith Comeaux will hold a pre-trial hearing in St. Marin Parish on Friday, November 16th, at which lawyers for the landowners hope the pipeline could be stopped on constitutional grounds.

The case has to do with a 38 acre parcel of land in the Atchafalaya Basin.

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A former North Dakota lawmaker recently died after eating at a New Orleans restaurant. The alleged culprit: a bacterial infection from a raw oyster. Oysters have long been a trademark of southern cuisine, but they also pose health risks for some. So, just how dangerous is it to eat raw oysters?

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The chemicals used to help clean up the BP oil spill, known as dispersants, have been already been accused of damaging the health of humans and sea life. Now, a new study says they were ineffective at doing what they were meant to do: clean up the oil.

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, WWNO's Travis Lux speak with Nola.com/The Times-Picayune's Tristan Baurick about the study. Plus, a look at the black rail -- a coastal bird threatened by sea level rise.

Coastal News Roundup: Elections Edition

Nov 2, 2018
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On Tuesday voters will elect new congressional representatives in four coastal districts, and in Plaquemines Parish they’ll elect a new parish president.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Jeremy Alford, political reporter and editor of LaPolitics Weekly, about the implications the races could have for the coast.

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Foundation for Louisiana.

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According to Louisiana folklore, the Rougarou is a warewolf-like character that prowls the swamps and bayous at night -- threatening to bite you if you don’t observe lent.

Painter Jonathan Mayers heard a few Rougarou stories as a kid in Baton Rouge, but wishes he’d heard more. Now, he makes up his own -- with a paintbrush -- and an environmental twist.

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The Port of New Orleans wants to attract more businesses to the Inner Harbor area -- also known as the Industrial Canal. The port held a public meeting on the planning process on Tuesday.

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The new Louis Armstrong airport is set to open next year. The $1 billion facility is big, sleek - and only four feet above sea level.

Reporter Jennifer Larino has been covering the new airport for Nola.com/The Times Picayune, and she talked with WWNO’s Tegan Wendland about how prepared it is for the threats of climate change. 

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Louisiana, and local listeners.  

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This week on the Coastal News Roundup: researchers find plastic chemicals in Gulf dolphins, what the Water Infrastructure Act means for a controversial flood control project in Mississippi, and officials cancel plans for an airport on Elmer’s Island.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux and Nola.com/The Times-Picayune's Tristan Baurick talk about the latest coastal news.

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The documentary Station 15, directed by Kira Akerman, follows Chasity Hunter -- then a high school student -- as she learns about water infrastructure in New Orleans.

 

Hunter is becoming an informal ambassador for the city around water management and climate change. Last month, she represented New Orleans with a panel of other students from around the country as part of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco -- where activists called on politicians to do more about climate change.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with Hunter about her experience at the Summit, and her investigation of New Orleans water infrastructure.

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