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“On Our Watch” is a sobering one-hour documentary film about Louisiana's alarming loss of coastal wetlands. “On Our Watch” examines the origins of wetlands erosion and subsidence, which combined with sea level rise, are producing projections of accelerating land loss and increased flooding and ...
The proposed law appears to be designed to intimidate the array of groups working to halt construction of the 163-mile oil pipeline, which cuts through a sensitive wetland where Louisiana crawfish are harvested. The groups — including the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Bold Louisiana, and the Atchafalaya ...

Ranchers collect the eggs from wetlands across South Louisiana, some of which are owned by the state, raising the reptiles after the eggs are hatched on their farms to be harvested for their hides and meat. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries allows farms to bid on the right to harvest from ...
State agencies and university scientists have spent more than a year trying to find a way to halt the insect's spread and minimize its impact on wetlands already hard-hit by erosion, sea level rise, subsidence and other threats. The $500,000 nearly doubles the money spent on or committed to the research ...
The foreign insect eating away wetlands in south Louisiana appears to have crossed the border into Texas. Louisiana State University wetland scientist John "Andy" Nyman spotted scale insects in the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area near Port Arthur, about six miles west of the Louisiana border.
While winter's freakishly cold weather shut down roads and burst water pipes, a few Louisiana scientists rejoiced. They hoped the freezing temperatures would give them an edge in a losing battle against a plague of insects sucking the life out of roseau cane, a wetland plant that holds large areas of the ...

The judge said the project potentially threatens the hydrology of the basin and "poses the threat of destruction of already diminishing wetlands. ... The Bayou Bridge pipeline is the last link in a pipeline network connecting the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota with Louisiana refineries and export terminals.
This pattern exacerbates problems of coastal erosion and sea level rise, and diminishes the flood protection that the 880,000 acres of wetlands would naturally provide. Meche, as head of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association–West, has spent 13 years suing the companies behind the oil and gas ...
A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana has asked a federal appeals court to lift a judge's order that temporarily halts pipeline construction work in a swamp. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an “emergency stay” that would suspend the judge's ruling ...
It tells the story of coastal South Louisiana, with a keen ear to the political, cultural, economic and personal implications of climate change in an area already riddled with environmental degradation. ... We are working to use the river to put sediment back into the starving wetlands that desperately need it.

Karley Frankic, a planner for the Port of New Orleans, said the city shouldn't worry about protecting wetlands because they're already covered under federal regulations. Developers ... The restoration plan says, “Wetland areas inside the hurricane protection system need to remain intact and undeveloped.”.
In Louisiana, newly disclosed documents reveal a state intelligence agency regularly spied on activists opposing construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which would carry nearly a half-million barrels of oil per day across Louisiana's wetlands. The documents show the Louisiana Governor's Office of ...
(Spoiler: It isn't.) Tristan wrote the third article, about the critters plaguing South Louisiana's wetlands. Is this a model for future collaborations? Dean said yes. “The big institutions like The New York Times can't just talk about the crisis of local journalism around the country — I think we should do something.”.
Although the recession of Louisiana's coast has slowed somewhat this decade, a football field's worth of wetlands still vanishes every 100 minutes, ..... “Rapid subsidence and associated wetland loss were largely induced by extraction of hydrocarbons,” concluded a 2005 study of the Mississippi Delta plain ...
Louisiana's coast was already facing deadly threats: drowning from rising seas, beatings from hurricanes, poisoning from oil spills. Now it is being eaten alive. Vast stands of marsh grass have been transformed into empty mud flats and open water, and scientists believe that a plague of foreign insects is ...
They first took hold when they were brought to Avery Island, a swampy coastal part of Louisiana 30 miles south of Lafayette and the production site for Tabasco brand hot ... In California, where more than 90 percent of the region's wetlands have been destroyed by development, any loss has lasting impacts.
Louisiana's wetland forests are worth $79 billion, according to a study released last week by an environmental nonprofit. Dogwood Alliance, based in North Carolina, released its report “Treasures of the South: The True Value of Wetland Forests” Friday, which was also World Wetlands Day. The report ...
The US has already been stripped of half of its wetlands since Europeans arrived and Louisiana, which accounts for a bulk of these losses, is on course to lose all of its wetland within two more centuries, according to the US Geological Survey. A master plan set out by the state government last year forecast ...
It's unclear how or when the scale, a native of China and Japan, arrived in Louisiana, or what can stop it. Scientists investigating the scale outbreak have avoided spraying insecticides on roseau due to the ecological sensitivity of coastal wetlands and the potential impacts on recreational and commercial ...
The judge said the project by Energy Transfer Partners, founded by Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren, potentially threatens the hydrology of the basin and "poses the threat of destruction of already diminishing wetlands." She also agreed with environmental groups that centuries-old "legacy" trees can't be ...


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