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Dolphins in the Louisiana Bayou Keep Dying. A Reconstruction Plan Might Make It Worse.

Rocky Kistner / HUFF POST ENVIRONMENT 5 June 2020 Freshwater diversion projects that have divided environmental advocates are intended to save the coast but may imperil dolphins. Barataria Bay is a marshy jewel in the heart of the vast Louisiana bayou. Its unparalleled natural ecosystem was once a hideout for smugglers and malcontents like Jean [...]

2020-07-06T17:29:25+00:00June 5th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Dolphins in the Louisiana Bayou Keep Dying. A Reconstruction Plan Might Make It Worse.

2020 ‘Dead Zone’ May Remain Four Times Larger than the Goal Established in 2001

Alison Satake / LSU Media Relations 3 June 2020 BATON ROUGE – A recent forecast of the size of the “Dead Zone” in the northern Gulf of Mexico for late July 2020 is that it will cover 7,769 square-miles of the bottom of the continental shelf off Louisiana and Texas. The coronavirus pandemic has had no impact [...]

2020-07-06T16:54:24+00:00June 3rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on 2020 ‘Dead Zone’ May Remain Four Times Larger than the Goal Established in 2001

Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Will Be Large This Summer, Scientists Predict

John Schwartz / The New York Times 3 June 2020 The low-oxygen zone can cause harm not just to marine life, but also to those who catch shrimp and fish for their livelihood. The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico will be larger than usual this summer, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric [...]

2020-07-06T17:13:09+00:00June 3rd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Will Be Large This Summer, Scientists Predict

Congressman requests $100M for La. fishing industry damaged by 2019 openings of Bonnet Carre Spillway

Rachael Thomas / WAFB 27 February 2020 BATON ROUGE, La. - Congressman Garret Graves has written a letter to the National Oceanic an Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) asking them to allocated the remaining $100 million in fisheries disaster assistance to Louisiana to go towards mitigating the impacts of the recent openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. [...]

2020-07-06T17:04:39+00:00February 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Congressman requests $100M for La. fishing industry damaged by 2019 openings of Bonnet Carre Spillway

Local groups give update on dead zone-related projects

Halle Parker / Houma Today 24 January 2020 Representatives of several environmental groups shared updates Wednesday on projects aimed at shrinking the Gulf of Mexico’s annually recurring dead zone. Led by coordinator Doug Daigle, the Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group provides a monthly forum for people to stay up-to-date on the efforts to reduce the amount of nutrients [...]

2020-07-06T17:34:22+00:00January 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Local groups give update on dead zone-related projects

LSU Professor: UN Climate Change Conference Report Foretells Oxygen Loss in the World’s Oceans

Christine Wendling / LSU News & Notes 14 January 2020 Oxygen loss in the world’s oceans, driven by climate change and nutrient pollution, is increasingly threatening fish species and disrupting ecosystems, according to a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, released in December 2019 at the UN Climate Change [...]

2020-07-06T17:39:59+00:00January 14th, 2020|News|Comments Off on LSU Professor: UN Climate Change Conference Report Foretells Oxygen Loss in the World’s Oceans

Worldʼs Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds

Kendra Pierre-Louis / The New York Times 7 December 2019 The world’s oceans are gasping for breath, a report issued Saturday at the annual global climate talks in Madrid has concluded. The report represents the combined efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries and was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It [...]

2019-12-24T18:43:12+00:00December 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Worldʼs Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds

Midwestern Farm Runoff Creates Headache For Louisiana Shrimpers

Travis Lux / New Orleans Public Radio 17 October 2019 It’s only midmorning, but shrimper Thomas Olander is already calling it quits for the day in a small bayou in St. Mary Parish, on the central Louisiana coast. There aren’t enough shrimp out there — especially the highly sought-after jumbo shrimp that fetch the highest [...]

2019-12-24T18:37:03+00:00October 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Midwestern Farm Runoff Creates Headache For Louisiana Shrimpers

Missouri Farmers Try To Reduce Runoff, But Cleaning Gulf Dead Zone May Take Decades

Eli Chen / St. Louis Public Radio 17 October 2019 When corn and soybean farmer Kenny Reichard stopped plowing some of his fields in northern Missouri in 1982, other farmers told him that it was a terrible decision that would lower his yields. “I’ve been told many times that no-till doesn’t work,” said Reichard, 62, [...]

2019-12-24T18:29:56+00:00October 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Missouri Farmers Try To Reduce Runoff, But Cleaning Gulf Dead Zone May Take Decades

Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore

Rocky Kistner / HuffPost ENVIRONMENT 08 September 2019 An algal bloom in the Gulf is devastating coastal businesses. Ship Island Excursions has survived hurricanes, global recessions, a world war and a host of economic challenges since the ferry company began taking passengers to the barrier islands that dot coastal Mississippi in the 1920s. But this [...]

2019-12-06T16:52:40+00:00September 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore