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Coastal News Roundup: Roseau Bug Devastation, Oil Spill Research And Glitter

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Tristan Baurick
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Nola.com | The Times-Picayune
Thousands of acres of roseau cane marsh have died or turned to open water in the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area in the lower Mississippi River Delta.

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: An update on the bug destroying the bird’s foot marsh, some research from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science conference and the environmental consequences of glitter.

The Coastal News Roundup is a collaboration between WWNO and Nola.com | The Times-Picayune.

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

As Coastal Reporter, Travis Lux covers flood protection, coastal restoration, infrastructure, the energy and seafood industries, and the environment. In this role he's reported on everything from pipeline protests in the Atchafalaya swamp, to how shrimpers cope with low prices. He had a big hand in producing the series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?, which examined how prepared New Orleans is for a future with more extreme weather. In 2017, Travis co-produced two episodes of TriPod: New Orleans at 300 examining New Orleans' historic efforts at flood protection. One episode, NOLA vs Nature: The Other Biggest Flood in New Orleans History, was recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors and the New Orleans Press Club. His stories often find a wider audience on national programs, too, like NPR's Morning Edition, WBUR's Here and Now, and WHYY's The Pulse.

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