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  • Statement: New BP Oil Slick Proof That 2010 Oil Spill is Not Over | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Statement New BP Oil Slick Proof That 2010 Oil Spill is Not Over October 11 2012 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources Contacts Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 guidrye nwf org Kevin Chandler National Audubon Society 202 596 0960 kchandler audubon org New BP Oil Slick Proof That 2010 Oil Spill is Not Over BP must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law groups say Washington D C October 11 2012 Today a three mile oil slick that was detected in the gulf last month was confirmed as oil from the 2010 gulf oil disaster The slick illustrates that the long term effects of the 2010 spill are unknown and ongoing and that BP must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law until the ecology and economy of the gulf has been restored In a joint statement released today Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation said BP s continued attempts to dodge responsibility for the largest environmental disaster in U S history must not continue Despite a costly advertising campaign claiming that the gulf has bounced back from the 2010 oil disaster the gulf is still reeling both environmentally and economically We may not know the full impact of the spill for years to come but we do know that BP must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law stop stalling pay up and make the gulf whole This latest slick shows us once again that the oil is still taking a toll on the gulf The sooner

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  • Army Corps Should Act Quickly to Restore MRGO Damage | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Statement Army Corps Should Act Quickly to Restore MRGO Damage September 27 2012 Posted by Delta Dispatches in Army Corps of Engineers Media Resources Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Contacts Amanda Moore National Wildlife Federation 504 442 2702 John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 504 421 7348 For Immediate Release September 26 2012 New Orleans The U S 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed its March decision on Army Corps liability for catastrophic flood damage related to the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet MRGO during Hurricane Katrina giving the Army Corps immunity under the discretionary function exception of the Federal Tort Claims Act Still the Court acknowledged the MRGO greatly aggravated the storm s effects on the city and the Corps abused its discretion MRGO operation followed a multi decadal pattern of failed policy and inadequate execution which blithely ignored the egregious wetland loss and ominous threat the MRGO posed to St Bernard Parish and New Orleans said Dr John Lopez executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Due to the Corps failure to correct the issue the MRGO destroyed communities and cost lives Today the MRGO damage remains unmitigated Over 600 000 acres of coastal habitat were

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2012/09/27/statement-army-corps-should-act-quickly-to-restore-mrgo-damage/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Conservation Groups Praise White House for Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Executive Order | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Conservation Groups Praise White House for Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Executive Order September 10 2012 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources RESTORE Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Brian Moore National Audubon Society 202 386 1516 bmoore audubon org Conservation Groups Praise White House for Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Executive Order Order demonstrates continued commitment to restoration eyes turn to BP to make things right in gulf Washington D C September 10 2012 Today local and national conservation organizations thanked President Obama for issuing an executive order reinforcing the White House s commitment to Gulf Coast restoration in the wake of the 2010 gulf oil disaster The order was issued two months after the President signed the RESTORE Act into law which will direct 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties paid by BP and others responsible for the 2010 gulf oil disaster to the Gulf Coast states to use for restoration We thank the President and White House for their continued commitment to the Gulf Coast and look forward to working with them on a comprehensive restoration plan said a joint statement by Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation More than two years after the oil spill the gulf is still reeling from environmental and economic impacts This executive order takes important steps forward to ensure that government agencies and officials are working closely together to keep restoration progressing The order falls on the heels of a court document filed last week by the Department of Justice which elaborated on BP s alleged gross negligence for its role in the 2010 gulf oil disaster The filing suggests that the U S government is planning to take a hard stance against BP and to not let them off the hook for their carelessness Through today s executive order and the Department of Justice s recent assertion that BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 gulf oil disaster the federal government is showing a true prioritization of gulf restoration the groups continued The people economies and ecosystems all along the gulf need BP to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law The sooner BP pays its fines the sooner gulf restoration can become a reality Today s executive order terminates the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force that was established in 2010 and transitions its tasks to the recently created Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council The Task Force was comprised of representatives from the five gulf states 11 federal agencies and White House officials and was charged with developing a long term restoration strategy for the Gulf Coast In July 2012 the President signed into law the RESTORE Act which established the new Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council which

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2012/09/10/conservation-groups-praise-white-house-for-gulf-coast-ecosystem-restoration-executive-order/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Geosynthetics Industry Poised to Grow as Gulf Coast Restoration Ramps Up | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    the five gulf states and 24 in Louisiana Duke has also created an online interactive map showing firm level data and firm locations by state and value chain segment The Army Corps uses geotextile tubes to increase storm protection for Grande Isle La Credit Team New Orleans US Army Corps of Engineers Geosynthetics are plastic materials manufactured into fabrics or sheets of various sizes strengths and textures that are used in engineering projects Some geosynthetic products include sand filled geotextile tubes used as containment dikes for restoration projects as well as marine mattresses large rectangular geogrid pouches filled with rocks that are used to support structures and control erosion Increased investment in coastal restoration as expected through the recently approved RESTORE Act will stimulate more local projects and job sites using these innovative construction materials which will in turn stimulate job creation and the economy The report funded by Environmental Defense Fund and The Walton Family Foundation is a study of 84 firms involved in the geosynthetics supply chain The report finds that increased investment in coastal restoration will provide quadruple economic returns and create new opportunities for the growing geosynthetics industry Seventy three percent of firms sampled in the study are considered small businesses according to the U S Small Business Administration guidelines on number of employees and nearly half the firms have fewer than 100 employees In addition to qualifying as small businesses almost a quarter of geosynthetics manufacturing firms cited were established in just the last 10 years The geosynthetics industry has been heavily involved in coastal restoration projects throughout Louisiana and the gulf states As more projects are launched in response to RESTORE Act passage our member companies are poised to grow our business and local staff to meet increased demand said Laurie Honningford managing director for the International Association of Geosynthetics Installers IAGI As restoration projects ramp up all along the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Delta as a result of the RESTORE Act so will the coastal engineering and construction profession and the geosynthetics industry on which it relies said Jackie Prince Roberts director of sustainable technologies for Environmental Defense Fund Geosynthetics geotextiles and other manmade polymer based materials used in environmental restoration flood prevention and erosion control projects are an emerging industry and projected to grow at an annual rate of 6 8 percent through 2015 Long term investment in coastal management will not only benefit the environment but it will also spur economic growth all along the geosynthetics supply chain by both protecting current jobs like Gulf Coast fishing tourism and shipping and creating new jobs It s an economic and environmental win win The study s release is timely because earlier this month the U S Congress passed and the President signed into law the RESTORE Act as part of the Surface Transportation Extension Act This historic legislation will direct 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties paid by BP and others responsible for the 2010 gulf oil disaster to

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2012/07/26/geosynthetics-industry-poised-to-grow-as-gulf-coast-restoration-ramps-up/ (2016-05-01)
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  • MRD Coalition Sends President Obama a Letter Urging for Protection of GOMESA Funding | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Who We Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer Subscribe to this blog By RSS feed or email Or subscribe to a bi weekly digest of our blog posts search this blog FOLLOW COASTAL LOUISIANA ISSUES ON TWITTER Tweets by RestoreDelta CATEGORIES 2011 Mississippi River Flood 2012 Coastal Master Plan Coastal Master Plan series Army Corps of Engineers Birds BP Oil Disaster 5 Years Later Two Years Later Climate Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA coastal restoration Community Resiliency Congress Senator David Vitter Senator Mary Landrieu Economics Job Creation Wildlife tourism Economy Federal Policy Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife MRD Coalition Sends President Obama a Letter Urging for Protection of GOMESA Funding March 8 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in 2012 Coastal Master Plan coastal restoration Media Resources Today the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition sent a letter to President Obama signed by 330 groups ranging from local governments and business and industry to environmental organizations and community groups in response to his 2017 proposed budget that redirects funds from the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act GOMESA away from Gulf Coast restoration In

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  • MRD Coalition Sends Governor Edwards Letter Touting Economic Potential of Coastal Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer Subscribe to this blog By RSS feed or email Or subscribe to a bi weekly digest of our blog posts search this blog FOLLOW COASTAL LOUISIANA ISSUES ON TWITTER Tweets by RestoreDelta CATEGORIES 2011 Mississippi River Flood 2012 Coastal Master Plan Coastal Master Plan series Army Corps of Engineers Birds BP Oil Disaster 5 Years Later Two Years Later Climate Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA coastal restoration Community Resiliency Congress Senator David Vitter Senator Mary Landrieu Economics Job Creation Wildlife tourism Economy Federal Policy Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife MRD Coalition Sends Governor Edwards Letter Touting Economic Potential of Coastal Restoration March 14 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in coastal restoration Economics Economy Job Creation State Legislature Today the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition sent a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards signed by 29 Louisiana business associations chambers of commerce economic development organizations and civic groups urging him to protect funding for coastal restoration and to move forward with the implementation of the state s Coastal Master Plan The groups thanked Governor Edwards for his leadership

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/03/14/mrd-coalition-sends-governor-edwards-letter-touting-economic-potential-of-coastal-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • 10 years post Katrina - Where have you gone, Mr. Go? | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    name and intensified the impact of Hurricane Katrina creating a funnel that channeled its surge into the heart of communities The result Catastrophic destruction After Katrina it was clearer than ever that Mr Go had to go Ten years later we examine what has been accomplished what work remains and how you can help Accomplishments MRGO was finally closed Following the storm in 2006 renowned Louisiana coastal scientists released a report detailing the impacts of the channel and recommending its closure In this same year the MRGO Must Go Coalition a group of 17 local and national NGOs and community organizations was formed to advocate for the closure of MRGO and restoration of the ecosystem Congress passed the Water Resources and Development Act in 2007 mandating the channel be closed to navigation and the Army Corps develop a plan for ecosystem restoration By 2009 the channel was closed with a rock dam near Bayou La Loutre and a 1 1 billion surge barrier across the MRGO funnel was officially completed in 2013 These closures have moderated surface water salinity setting the stage for large scale ecosystem restoration MRGO surge barrier MRGO rock dam Advocacy resulting in impact The MRGO Must Go Coalition worked closely with the Corps to watchdog the drafting of their congressionally mandated ecosystem restoration plan The groups helped define the size of the impact area brought community concerns to the forefront and helped prioritize projects The coalition whose positions are captured in these 2010 and 2011 papers successfully extended public comment period timelines and increased the number of scheduled public hearings A record 75 000 public comments were sent to the Army Corps in support of MRGO Must Go recommendations Some of the coalition s recommendations were included in the Army Corps plan and others notably the Violet Diversion were not Restoration planning in earnest In 2012 the final 3 billion Army Corps MRGO ecosystem restoration plan was approved and sent to the Assistant Secretary of the Army and a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement was completed Assistant Secretary Darcy then recommended 1 325 billion of projects to Congress for appropriations This was an unusual move and speaks to strong public activism on the issue since the Corps has no local sponsor for the MRGO project due to a dispute with the State of Louisiana about who is responsible for paying for these restoration projects Despite strong public support and heavy activism no wetland restoration projects in the plan have been funded by the Army Corps to date Around the same time in 2012 the State of Louisiana released their 2012 Coastal Master Plan which recognized the impacts of MRGO and touted the benefits of proposed projects The plan also reflected the important role played by the NGO community and included the vast majority of the MRGO Must Go Coalition s ecosystem restoration recommendations including many of those in the Army Corps plan What still needs to happen Meaningful restoration The MRGO projects in the 2012 Coastal Master

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/06/08/10-years-post-katrina-where-have-you-gone-mr-go/ (2016-05-01)
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  • TEDxNewOrleans: Examining Recovery and Resiliency in New Orleans 10 Years Post-Katrina | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    resilience and recovery of Greater New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina served as a unifying theme The talks were spirited inspirational and truly painted a picture that New Orleans didn t just come back we got crunk as colorfully stated by Michael Hecht of GNO Inc in closing the day Videos of the events are forthcoming but in the meantime here are some of the highlights Rod West Entergy s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer painted a visceral picture of the days following Katrina from thinking we had dodged a bullet to being told there were white caps on Canal Street to then having to inform his employees that their homes were underwater and ask that they get to work literally repowering New Orleans Entergy s Rod West in front of an image of Katrina s storm surge at Michoud The Executive Director of 504ward New Orleans home base for young talent Jessica Shahien explored the city s transition and her organization s role in turning the notorious brain drain into a brain gain and how young professionals are flocking to live in New Orleans Troy Simon detailed his journey from being twelve illiterate and living in the Lower 9 th Ward at the time of Katrina to being a senior at Bard College a nationally recognized speaker on education reform and meeting President and Mrs Obama at the White House SMG Executive Vice President Doug Thornton discussed the recovery of the Superdome particularly his team s frantic struggle to get it functional in time for the 2006 Saints vs Falcons opener and its status as an economic engine for New Orleans and symbol of resiliency Through a series of conceptual drawings Aron Chang of Waggoner and Ball Architects provided an overview of how the Mississippi River built its delta over time and encouraged all of us to draw our visions for what the future of our region might look like Waggoner and Ball s Aron Change showing the Mississippi River creation of the delta over time A former marketing executive at Mignon Faget and Sucré and creative director of the Muses parade Virginia Saussy colorfully recounted the months following Katrina when laughing through tears was critical and how she responded to a CNN story suggesting New Orleans cancel its first post Katrina Mardi Gras From education to healthcare to public housing Chief Administrative Officer of the City of New Orleans Andy Kopplin discussed how government has been a force of disruptive change since Katrina Actress and musician Kimberly Rivers Roberts recounted how Katrina empowered her to change her attitude from I can t to I can opening up a world of opportunities including a documentary she filmed Trouble the Water receiving an Academy Award nomination What struck me in hearing these people speak about resilience recovery of I can attitudes and disruptive innovations is that these principles can and have been applied in the fight to save Louisiana s coast In addition to the undeniable economic and infrastructural

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/06/11/tedxneworleans-examining-recovery-and-resiliency-in-new-orleans-10-years-post-katrina/ (2016-05-01)
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