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Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

Rainstorms seem to be getting more intense. In New Orleans, every time it rains, people worry about flooding. A new study from LSU finds that storms in Louisiana are getting bigger and wetter, dropping more rain over a shorter period of time.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with state climatologist Barry Keim and LSU research associate, Vinny Brown, who looked at climate data going back to the 1960’s.

Jason Saul

The Trump administration is making major changes to the Endangered Species Act, which could affect some plants and animals in Louisiana.

The act, passed in the 1970’s, protects endangered plants and animals. At that time, the “pelican state” almost lost its state bird. The brown pelican was on the brink of extinction. Then, officials went to Florida and brought back juvenile pelicans to reestablish them in Louisiana. In 2009 they were officially taken off the list of endangered species.

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When Mayor LaToya Cantrell took office last year, she pledged to improve green infrastructure and reduce flooding in the city. One of the biggest challenges has been funding. Now, the mayor is working with the state to rebuild marshes that protect the city - like Bayou Bienvenue and the New Orleans landbridge. She’s also filed a lawsuit against oil and gas companies that have dug canals in the marshes which have eroded over the years, contributing to land loss.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland had a conversation with Cantrell about the progress she’s made so far.

Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

It’s Friday and time for the Coastal News Roundup - this week, a look at how changes to the National Flood Insurance Program could impact Louisianians.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Caitlin Berni, a policy expert and consultant on GNO Inc.’s Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance. She gave a presentation on the issue to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority this week.

 

Tegan Wendland

When Hurricane Katrina hit, the levees failed in the Lower Ninth Ward, flooding thousands. Residents blamed the Army Corps of Engineers. Now, the Corps is working to expand the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal, a project that has been in the works for years, and many residents are opposed to it.

 

 

 

A number of environmental bills are working their way through the state legislature, and Nola.com/The Times Picayune’s Tristan Baurick is following them.

One bill, swiftly cast aside by the House Natural Resources committee, would have required the state’s most frequent air quality violators to install pollution monitoring systems to track emissions and alert nearby communities.

Coastal News Roundup: Elections Edition

Nov 2, 2018
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On Tuesday voters will elect new congressional representatives in four coastal districts, and in Plaquemines Parish they’ll elect a new parish president.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Jeremy Alford, political reporter and editor of LaPolitics Weekly, about the implications the races could have for the coast.

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

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

New Orleans is vulnerable. Even a small storm can wipe out power for thousands of homes. Scientists say climate change is going to bring more intense storms, heavier rainfall and increased heat. More than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, officials say the city is more protected than ever. But big storms are just one threat. This week, WWNO explores how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring with a special Coastal Desk series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?

Michael Isaac Stein / The Lens

The controversy continues over actors who were paid to attend public meetings and speak in support of a new Entergy power plant in New Orleans East.