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  • 31 March 2020
    Business & Finance

    Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins has announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior will award Louisiana $155.7 million in GOMESA revenue-sharing funds. The funding, which is derived from offshore energy production, will be used to finance coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana. The State of Louisiana will administer $124,574,775.95, and the remaining $31.14 million will be […]

  • 4 February 2020
    Business & Finance

    The $18.7 million Queen Bess Island restoration project is now officially complete – making the Brown Pelican habitat ready for the 2020 nesting season. Standing on the shore of a remote island in Louisiana’s Barataria Basin, Gov. John Bel Edwards yesterday declared the newly-restored island officially reopened for nesting. “Before we started this restoration last […]

  • 31 January 2020
    Business & Finance

    Two NOAA-sponsored habitat restoration projects in Louisiana have been approved for $30 million in funding in 2020 by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Program. According to NOAA, these projects will restore habitat along Louisiana’s coast, increase protection for people and property, and benefit some of America’s richest fisheries: Construction of the West Fourchon […]

  • 16 January 2020
    Business & Finance

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded over $1.6 million to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for a project that would create 392 acres of marsh land in southwest Louisiana. This project will help restore marsh land in shallow areas by using dredged material from the Calcasieu Ship Channel. “This project is […]

  • 3 January 2020
    Business & Finance

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans District has scheduled two public meetings regarding the release of the Upper Barataria Basin Louisiana – Feasibility Study with Integrated Environmental Impact Statement. The Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) identified to undergo further feasibility-level design is a $514 million alternative that would extend the existing parish levee approximately […]

  • 1 October 2019
    Business & Finance

    As part of their efforts to support resilient coastal communities, NOAA Fisheries Service is announcing the award of $24.8 million for three cooperative agreements. This funding will help restore habitat along Louisiana’s coast under the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Program. Restoring wetlands and barrier islands increases protection for Louisiana’s people and […]

  • 26 August 2019
    Business & Finance

    U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has announced an $8.3 million Army grant to fund dredging on waterways in south Louisiana. The work will be performed on the New Orleans Harbor Reach of the Mississippi River, bays along the Gulf Intracostal Waterway, Bayou Lafourche, Houma Navigation Canal and Barataria Bar Channel. “Historic rainfall throughout the country has […]

  • 19 July 2019
    Business & Finance

    Yesterday, members of the Louisiana congressional delegation introduced H.R. 3814, which amends the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) to increase the share of offshore oil and gas revenues that flow to Gulf states impacted by the industry, and ensure that the additional revenue would be spent on coastal restoration and protection. Restore the […]

  • 20 June 2019
    Business & Finance

    Louisiana Congressmen Cedric Richmond and Steve Scalise issued the following statement on June 19 about the passage of their amendments securing funding for Louisiana coastal restoration projects: “Today’s success in the House with the passage of key coastal restoration amendments signals success and a step forward for Louisiana,” Rep. Richmond said. “Securing increased funding from the U.S. […]

  • 19 June 2019
    Business & Finance

    The Army Corps’ New Orleans District and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) will host a series of public meetings to discuss the Southwest Coastal Louisiana Project. According to the organizers, meetings will begin with a 30-minute open house, followed by a 30-minute formal presentation, and ending with an open question and answer […]

  • 1 May 2019
    Business & Finance

    The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary, David Bernhardt, last week announced that the Department will disburse nearly $215 million in FY 2018 energy revenues to the four Gulf oil and gas producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Commenting the latest announcement, Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise made the following statement: “Revenues from […]

  • 5 February 2019
    Business & Finance

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, yesterday released a Draft Environmental Assessment titled “Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Program, Barataria Bay Waterway at Jefferson Parish, Louisiana”. This environmental assessment covers a proposal to place fill material in the narrow corridor of wetlands that separate Bayou Perot and Bayou […]

  • 28 January 2019
    Business & Finance

    The USACE New Orleans District Commander Col. Michael Clancy and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana Board Chairman Chip Kline signed a partnering agreement on January 25 to design hurricane and storm damage risk reduction features in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion parishes. Commenting the latest news, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, said: “Southwest Louisiana […]

  • 24 January 2019
    Business & Finance

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has announced his plans to designate more than $350 million in coastal dollars, including $55 million from FY18 surplus dollars to Louisiana’s coastal trust fund.  Within those surplus dollars, $15 million will be allocated to effectively restore the funds previously swept by the previous Administration. Edwards also committed $30 million […]

  • 31 August 2018
    Business & Finance

    At the yesterday’s Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Leadership Forum at Nicholls State University a recurring theme emerged – Louisiana’s coastal communities will survive the rising tide as local governments have taken extraordinary measures to save the state’s disappearing coastline. During the event, hosted by the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF), Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove and Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District Executive Director Reggie Dupre, […]

  • 23 August 2018
    Business & Finance

    In 2013 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of the “Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier”. The project, funded through the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) for southeast Louisiana, considered to be the largest civil works project in corps history. The barrier was built to combat storm surge heights like […]

  • 17 August 2018
    Business & Finance

    Citing the critical danger posed by storm surge and resulting flooding, La. Gov. John Bel Edwards recently announced the Interagency Coastal Storm Surge-Based Flood Risk and Resilience Awareness Campaign, a partnership of state agencies to use “Story Maps” to promote awareness of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan. The Master Plan is the foundational document underlying the […]

  • 6 July 2018
    Business & Finance

    Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise released the following statement after more than $1.6 billion was allocated by the Trump Administration for critical flood protection and coastal restoration projects in Southeast Louisiana.  “These hurricane protection and coastal restoration funds are critical for the protection of families and businesses throughout Southeast Louisiana. We count on our coastline and […]

  • 1 June 2018
    Business & Finance

    Louisiana’s coastal basins need help, the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) reported at the biennial State of the Coast Conference at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center yesterday. During a panel discussion led by CPRA Operations Chief Ignacio Harrouch, officials also said that much has been done in each of the basins, and […]

  • 24 May 2018
    Business & Finance

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program yesterday awarded $285,744 in grants to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to help restore the swamp forest habitat near the City of New Orleans. “This grant will help protect and restore the habitat along the Louisiana coast,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This is a welcome […]

  • 23 May 2018
    Business & Finance

    About 40 percent of the coastal wetlands in the contiguous United States are in Louisiana, but hundreds of thousands of acres of vital habitat have been washed away by natural and man-made disasters, the NOAA Fisheries Service said in their latest announcement. Storms, erosion, and increased sea levels, combined with construction of hard levees, digging […]

  • 8 May 2018
    Business & Finance, Research & Development

    As coastal lands in Louisiana erode, researchers, environmentalists and engineers are all searching for ways to preserve the marsh coastline. Now, a Florida State University researcher has developed a model to help stakeholders figure out what factors they need to consider to rebuild land in this fragile wetland. The model is outlined in the journal Geophysical […]

  • 8 May 2018
    Business & Finance

    The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is releasing over $141 million in funds for projects in Louisiana’s 3rd District – part of a $205 million total for the state of Louisiana. Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins has commended USACE after this announcement, adding that the funding is part of a disaster recovery package supported by the Congressman earlier this […]

  • 18 April 2018
    Business & Finance

    Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) earlier this week celebrated the start of Youth Wetlands Week, April 16-April 22, 2018.  To kick off the week, CPRA and LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Wetlands Program (YWP) staff visited with Isidore Newman School students in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the event, students participated in a hypothethical planning […]

  • 10 April 2018
    Business & Finance

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and U.S. Representaive Garret Graves have announced that the federal government will allocate an additional $1.213 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for hazard mitigation projects in parishes that were impacted by the 2016 floods.  Commenting this, Governor Edwards said: “This new investment from HUD is critically important to […]

  • 30 March 2018
    Business & Finance

    The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has released an interactive Story Map tool to communicate the national significance of Louisiana’s Working Coast. According to CPRA, this visually focused Story Map tells the compelling story using narratives, photos and maps, and conveys diverse and poignant details that surround Louisiana’s vanishing coast and the necessity […]

  • 21 March 2018
    Business & Finance

    The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) have approved and released a restoration plan intended to restore wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats in the Barataria Basin. The final restoration plan is the Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana (Barataria Basin SRP). The Louisiana […]

  • 5 January 2018
    Business & Finance

    The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released two draft plans to address recreational use loss and ecosystem injuries in Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. According to their latest announcement, both of these draft plans are consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan. Those draft plans released are: The Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment: […]

  • 21 December 2017
    Business & Finance

    The Restore the Mississippi River Delta organization said in their latest announcement that 2017 has been a busy year for coastal restoration in Louisiana. Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan passed unanimously and progress was made on several large-scale restoration projects. In their latest post, The Restore the Mississippi River Delta presented a few of the […]