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.

Jess Clark / WWNO

As the start hurricane season nears and officials make their preparations, their plans are complicated by extremely unusual circumstances: the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eileen Fleming / WRKF

The Army Corps of Engineers closed the final bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Friday, ending the days-long process of closing the flood control structure.

After The Spill: A Deepwater Horizon Oral History

Apr 17, 2020
Keely Merritt / The Historic New Orleans Collection

April 20th is the 10-year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill, which was the largest marine oil spill in history. In the aftermath of the environmental disaster, The Historic New Orleans Collection began collecting oral histories from individuals who were on the ground cleaning up the Gulf and its wildlife. Bart Siegel was a volunteer who rescued and rehabilitated pelicans in Venice, Louisiana. He shared those experiences and his ongoing monitoring work for this edition of NOLA Life Stories.



Travis Lux / WWNO

The Army Corps of Engineers is closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway, 10 days after opening it to relieve pressure on the flooding Mississippi River.

Travis Lux / WWNO

The Army Corps of Engineers will open the Bonnet Carre Spillway at 10 a.m. Friday morning to ease pressure on Mississippi River levees in the New Orleans area.