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Coastal News Roundup: Dead Zone, Flooding, Katrina Settlement Checks

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune
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 Diversion.

On this week's installment of the Louisiana coastal roundup, WWNO radio's interim news director, Tegan Wendland, and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune coastal reporter Mark Schleifstein talk about the largest low-oxygen dead zone in modern history along Louisiana's coast -- nearly 9,000 square miles, or as large as New Jersey.

 

They also talk about the state's LaSafe program, which attempts to help coastal residents deal with flood and land loss issues, and has been holding public meetings in communities all across the coast to explain what they're doing. 

The pair also discussed the distribution of settlement checks to east bank New Orleans area residents this week, the result of a damage lawsuit filed against the Orleans, East Jefferson and Lake Borgne Basin levee districts about 12 years ago.

 

Tegan has reported on the coast for WWNO since 2015. In this role she has covered a wide range of issues and subjects related to coastal land loss, coastal restoration, and the culture and economy of Louisiana’s coastal zone, with a focus on solutions and the human dimensions of climate change. Her reporting has been aired nationally on Planet Money, Reveal, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, BBC, CBC and other outlets. She’s a recipient of the Pulitzer Connected Coastlines grant, CUNY Resilience Fellowship, Metcalf Fellowship, and countless national and regional awards.

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