Coastal Desk

Southeast Louisiana is sinking under the waves faster than any coastal landscape in the world. With so much at stake for Louisiana and the nation, New Orleans Public Radio has made coastal news a priority.

Since mid-2014 our Coastal Desk reporting team has been producing frequent news reports and in-depth features covering coastal erosion and restoration; hurricane protection; offshore energy and other coastal businesses; wildlife and fisheries impacts; and coastal communities and culture.

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

Richie Blink

The people of Plaquemines Parish are experienced in surviving disasters, from floods to hurricanes, but now this community is facing one of the biggest threats yet: the collapsing oil market.


The forecast for Tropical Storm Cristobal remains relatively unchanged from 1 p.m. today. The storm, which had slowed to 5 mph earlier in the afternoon, has increased its pace to 7 mph, according to a 4 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Lane Lefort / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A new study says Louisiana’s coast cannot be saved.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual Atlantic hurricane forecast today, predicting an above-average season for the fifth year in a row. 

Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

A bill working its way through the Louisiana legislature would hand more control of coastal issues to the state, and potentially nullify a handful of lawsuits against oil and gas companies.