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Coastal News Roundup: Plans For Elmer's Island Airport Scrapped, And More

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)
Officials considered building an airport on the Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge near Grand Isle, but scrapped the plan amid public outcry.

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.


You can catch the Coastal News Roundup on the air every Friday at 7:45am and 4:44pm on WWNO.


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