USGS finds rate of long term wetland loss in Louisiana is slowing
Posted on 7/13/2017 2:02:00 AM.

The U.S. Geological Survey has found the long term rate of Louisiana wetland loss is slowing. Research Geographer Brady Couvillion says analysis finds rates of land area loss have continued to decrease since the 1970s. He says one possible reason for this is the lack of major hurricane activity over the past 8 years.
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USGS, wetland, coastal restoration, Brady Couvillion

Gov Edwards calls on delegation to oppose President Trump's proposed budget
Posted on 5/24/2017 10:40:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is calling on the Louisiana congressional delegation to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1. The governor’s communications director Richard Carbo says they’re disappointed the budget repeals the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, which entitles Louisiana to a portion of offshore drilling revenue for oil leases.
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Richard Carbo, John Bel Edwards, budget, medicaid, coastal restoration

Louisiana would lose millions in coastal restoration funding under President Trump's budget proposal
Posted on 5/23/2017 12:10:00 PM.

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget released today would end oil lease royalty payments to Louisiana before they even begin. The proposal repeals the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, which splits 35 percent of offshore revenue among several Gulf States. Managing Director with the America’s Wetland Foundation, Val Marmillion says Louisiana stands to lose a lot of money if GOMESA is repealed.
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Val Marmillion, coastal restoration, GOMESA, Donald Trump, oil industry

Revised coastal restoration master plan to be discussed in regular session
Posted on 3/28/2017 5:52:00 AM.

Louisiana’s revised coastal restoration master plan will be taken up by lawmakers in the regular session, as part of the governor’s legislative package to protect and restore the state’s coast. The bill contains 120 projects to be completed over the next 50 years that will maintain over 800 square miles of coastal land. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish co-authored the legislation.
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Blade Morrish, coastal restoration, regular session, oil spill

Gov Edwards sends list of coastal restoration projects to President Trump for approval
Posted on 3/8/2017 5:38:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to cut the red tape so Louisiana can get started on coastal restoration projects. Chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Johnny Bradberry, says the projects are part of the coastal restoration masterplan.
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Johnny Bradberry, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, coastal restoration

Poll finds over half of Louisianans believe coastal land loss is a crisis
Posted on 1/16/2017 11:50:00 AM.

A recent poll commissioned by Restore the Mississippi River Delta finds over half of Louisianans polled believe coastal land loss is at a crisis, while 96% said it needs attention. Jimmy Frederick with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana says saving the coast isn’t just about protecting coastal cities. He says it’s important for the entire state.
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Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, coastal restoration

Gov Edwards lays out priorities for 2017
Posted on 1/11/2017 9:40:00 PM.

Stabilizing the budget, flood recovery, criminal justice reform and coastal restoration are among John Bel Edwards’ goals as he begins his second year in the governor’s office. Edwards says last year he tackled a historic budget deficit with $850 million in cuts and urging the legislature to raise taxes to protect higher education and health care. He says comprehensive tax reform is needed this year.
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John Bel Edwards, budget, flood recovery, coastal restoration, criminal justice reform

State releases revised plan for coastal protection and restoration
Posted on 1/5/2017 6:45:00 AM.

The state has released its revised coastal protection and restoration masterplan that’s designed to reduce hurricane storm surge and restore Louisiana’s vanishing coastline. Bren Haase with the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority says the plan proposes 120 projects.
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Bren Haase, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, coastal restoration

Gov. Edwards and state lawmakers head out on flyover tour of the coast
Posted on 10/27/2016 2:47:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards along with local lawmakers begin a two-day tour today where they’ll fly over the Louisiana coast and then visit offshore oil and gas facilities. State Rep. Jerome Zeringue of Houma will be with the governor and says trip’s primary purpose is to help the oil and gas industry and coastal restoration co-exist.
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Governor John Bel Edwards, Jerome Zeringue, coastal restoration, oil and gas industry

Officials stress importance of coastal restoration at roundtable meetings
Posted on 10/26/2016 12:35:00 PM.

State officials have wrapped up a two-day meeting discussing the importance of restoring Louisiana’s coast before it’s too late. Val Marmillion with America’s WETLAND Foundation says Louisiana could lose a third of its coast in the next 50 years. He says the five year revision of the coastal restoration plan will be released in January.
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Val Marmillion, John Bel Edwards, coastal restoration

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