Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Ashley Dean / WWNO

At a time when fear of a virus has nagged at our every choice for months, the last thing anyone needs is an added fear of flesh-eating bacteria. But we need to talk about flesh-eating bacteria.

Travis Lux / WWNO

For the past couple weeks, a mass of green plants has been floating down Bayou St. John in New Orleans. Residents have been wondering what it is, and whether it poses any threats to the waterway.

 

To get some answers, WWNO’s Travis Lux went down to the bayou with Dr. John Lopez, coastal program director for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

Nature takes a crack at rebuilding marsh

Jul 9, 2012

A small breach on the marsh-covered east bank of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans is giving rise to calls to let the river run wild.

The debate centers on a 77-foot-wide channel the river carved through a levee road in the unused Bohemia spillway in Plaquemines Parish, about 45 miles south of New Orleans. The breach is outside levees that protect thinly populated communities on the sliver of delta that extends south to form Louisiana's boot.