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  • The Billion Dollar Question: Who pays for MRGO ecosystem restoration? | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife The Billion Dollar Question Who pays for MRGO ecosystem restoration December 10 2013 Posted by Delta Dispatches in Army Corps of Engineers Community Resiliency Hurricane Katrina Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Water Resources Development Act WRDA By Amanda Moore National Wildlife Federation Last Tuesday the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority authorized the state attorney general to file suit against the U S Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to get the federal government to pick up 100 percent of the expense for the federal plan for ecosystem restoration of damage caused by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet MRGO Since 2008 there has been an ongoing dispute between the state and the Corps involving interpretation of Water Resources and Development Act WRDA of 2007 legislation in which Congress directed the Corps to develop a plan for restoration of the MRGO ecosystem at full federal expense The 3 billion plan mandated for completion by May of 2008 was finally completed in 2012 Yet there is still disagreement over what cost share Congress intended leaving this critical federal restoration effort at a standstill The state contends that construction is a 100 percent federal expense while the Corps contends that the typical cost share on restoration projects 65 percent federal and 35 percent state applies This billion dollar question will now be determined by a judge Degraded marsh at lower end of the Central Wetlands near the MRGO The MRGO Must Go Coalition a group of 17 conservation and neighborhood organizations working since 2006 to see the MRGO closed and the ecosystem restored has researched this cost share issue for several years We believe that Congress intended for the MRGO projects under WRDA to be at 100 percent federal

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/12/10/the-billion-dollar-question-who-pays-for-mrgo-ecosystem-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • City of New Orleans, NWF host coastal restoration public forum | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife City of New Orleans National Wildlife Federation host coastal restoration public forum March 14 2013 Posted by Delta Dispatches in 2012 Coastal Master Plan Army Corps of Engineers BP Oil Disaster Clean Water Act Meetings Events Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA By Amanda Moore Greater New Orleans Program Manager National Wildlife Federation Ms Banta spoke to a crowd of about 75 people including neighborhood leaders parish officials landowners fishermen legislators academia and non profit leaders Last Thursday evening the City of New Orleans hosted their 2 nd in a series of coastal restoration public forums Community members came to hear Drue Banta Counsel to the Louisiana Governor s Office of Coastal Activities talk about ways to advance coastal restoration in Louisiana through use of BP oil disaster funds Ms Banta spoke to a crowd of about 75 people including neighborhood leaders parish officials landowners fishermen legislators academia and non profit leaders The forum explored topics such as the difference between the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and the Clean Water Act the process through which those dollars will be coming to Louisiana and who is responsible for planning and implementation of projects with each source of funding Since July 2012 the coastal restoration forums held in partnership with National Wildlife Federation have brought New Orleans community members face to face and in direct dialogue with coastal decision makers from the Army Corps of Engineers the governor s office and staff from U S Senator Mary Landrieu s office As coastal restoration efforts continue to build momentum National Wildlife Federation and the City of New Orleans will continue to provide these opportunities for public engagement in an effort to inform not only

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/03/14/city-of-new-orleans-national-wildlife-federation-host-coastal-restoration-public-forum/ (2016-05-01)
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  • The People Have Spoken | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 The People Have Spoken October 1 2012 Posted by Delta Dispatches in Army Corps of Engineers Congress Hurricane Katrina Mississippi River Gulf Outlet By Amanda Moore National Wildlife Federation On September 6 restoration along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet MRGO passed another important milestone with completion of the final public comment period for the U S Army Corps of Engineers planning process It s a milestone worth honoring because almost 49 000 people commented on the plan and the need to prioritize restoration of the area These comments were collected through nonprofit organizations affiliated with the MRGO Must Go Coalition and since last year over 75 000 people have shared their voice of support for the Coalition s recommendations for MRGO ecosystem restoration during the public comment process That is by far a record for the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District and goes to show how important this restoration effort is for the Greater New Orleans area The corps needs to listen to the will of the people and address the ecosystem damaged by the MRGO It s time for the corps to step up to their responsibility and move on this work said John Koeferl member of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association in the Lower Ninth Ward Despite this loud demand for urgent and comprehensive restoration the Corps of Engineers is considering a recommendation of no further action on the MRGO ecosystem restoration report due to a dispute over who will pay for the projects A formal decision is still being made on the recommendation by the Chief of Engineers and is expected

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2012/10/01/the-people-have-spoken/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Help Count Birds for Science during Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Help Count Birds for Science during Audubon s Annual Christmas Bird Count December 11 2015 Posted by lbourg in Birds Climate Science Wildlife The National Audubon Society invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest running citizen science survey the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count CBC From December 14 through January 5 birders and nature enthusiasts in Louisiana will take part in this tradition many rising before dawn to participate Buff bellied Hummingbird wintering in Louisiana swamp Photo John Hartgerink Louisiana is home to millions of birds each winter including waterfowl shorebirds and songbirds Understanding how the populations of these birds are changing is revealed through CBC efforts which is critical for knowing how to best ensure their survival says Dr Erik Johnson Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Louisiana Each year the Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 72 000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2 400 locations across the Western Hemisphere The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that scientists could never accomplish alone Data compiled in Louisiana will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years To date over 200 peer reviewed articles have resulted from analysis done with Christmas Bird Count data Bird related citizen science efforts are also critical to understand how birds are responding to a changing climate This documentation is what enabled Audubon scientists to discover that 314 species of North American birds are threatened by global warming as reported in Audubon s groundbreaking Birds and Climate Change Study The tradition of

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  • Audubon Louisiana training volunteers for Coastal Stewardship Program | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Audubon Louisiana training volunteers for Coastal Stewardship Program June 10 2015 Posted by lbourg in Birds Wildlife By Ashley Peters Communications Associate National Audubon Society Volunteers gather in Grand Isle to learn about issues facing Louisiana s beach nesting birds In May a group of more than 30 volunteers gathered at the Grand Isle Community Center to learn about issues facing Louisiana s beach nesting birds and how people can help Cute fuzzy chicks of birds such as Least Terns and Wilson s Plovers need our help during each spring and summer to protect them from human disturbance and other threats There are many ways birds and people can share the beach it s just a matter of awareness says Erik Johnson Audubon Louisiana s Director of Bird Conservation We need help informing beach goers about what beach nesting birds need to successfully raise their little ones These threatened birds need safe open sandy areas and we hope folks will respect the birds by keeping their distance The volunteer training included information on how to identify shorebirds how to interpret bird behavior and ways to help beach nesting birds succeed The training was followed by a crawfish boil celebration to show appreciation for new and current volunteers as well as program partners Least Tern Crane Beach MA Least Tern and Wilson s Plover chicks are camouflaged to avoid predation and nests are also hard to see because the birds lay their eggs in shallow depressions or scrapes in the sand Audubon Louisiana marks sensitive beach areas with signs and symbolic fencing to prevent people from accidentally entering nesting sites This reduces the chances of eggs and chicks being inadvertently trampled run

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/06/10/audubon-louisiana-training-volunteers-for-coastal-stewardship-program/ (2016-05-01)
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  • 8th Graders Present Project to Louisiana House on Coastal Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 8th Graders Present Project to Louisiana House on Coastal Restoration April 30 2015 Posted by lbourg in 5 Years Later Birds BP Oil Disaster Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA Wildlife By Eden Davis Outreach Coordinator Louisiana Wildlife Federation This was originally posted on the LA Camo Coalition blog On April 29 a group of 8th graders from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chasse presented to the Louisiana House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment about the importance of coastal restoration The Committee diligently listened as the 8th graders used Cat Island as a call to action on the urgency for restoring our coast Cat Island located in Plaquemines Parish has all but disappeared going from a pre BP 5 acres to now mere tenths of an acre The 8th graders have spearheaded a campaign called the Pelican Cat astrophe Their focus is on restoring Cat Island due to the island serving as critical pelican habitat and also as the first line of defense

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/04/30/8th-graders-present-project-to-louisiana-house-on-coastal-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • On Fifth Anniversary of BP Oil Spill, National Audubon Society Affirms Commitment to Gulf Coast | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife 5 Years After BP Oil Spill Audubon Stewards the Gulf April 16 2015 Posted by lbourg in 5 Years Later Birds BP Oil Disaster Wildlife In the wake of the worst marine oil spill in U S history Audubon is working to protect bird populations and restore critical habitat across all five Gulf states By Chris Canfield Vice President National Audubon Society Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway This post has been cross posted from an article originally published on the National Audubon Society s website This Monday marks five years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded claiming 11 lives and unleashing the worst marine oil spill in U S history In that time the National Audubon Society has built on its 100 year legacy of protecting bird populations throughout the Gulf Coast and has extended its footprint of stewardship across all five states The Gulf Coast is an important breeding ground and migratory rest stop for many coastal birds including Brown Pelicans Least Terns Wilson s Plovers Sanderlings and other vulnerable species BP oil reached the coastal habitats on which these birds rely during shorebird migration at the height of nesting season for breeding waterbirds resulting in the death of an estimated 1 million birds In the immediate aftermath of the spill Audubon staff and hundreds of volunteers were on the ground facilitating transport of oiled birds for cleaning and care protecting critical habitat and nesting grounds and being the voice for birds throughout the disaster In the years that followed Audubon engaged its network of volunteers to help pass the historic RESTORE Act ensuring that a majority of funds from the Clean Water Act fines BP pays will be allocated towards restoration efforts In order to understand the immediate and long

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  • Birds Need Your Help - 5 Years Later | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    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 5 Years Later Birds Still Need Your Help April 13 2015 Posted by lbourg in 5 Years Later Birds BP Oil Disaster By Ashley Peters Communications Associate Audubon Louisiana In 2010 waves of oil in the Gulf strangled and crippled the very birds that conservationists had been fighting so hard to protect like the Brown Pelican and Piping Plover The outpouring of support was incredible as tens of thousands of people signed up to volunteer with the National Audubon Society all of them asking How can I help Bird surveys provide valuable data to scientists Photo Karen Westphal In response to the 2010 Gulf oil disaster the Audubon Coastal Bird Survey ACBS was established as a Gulf wide citizen science survey of waterbirds and shorebirds across the impact zone and beyond Surveys help supply scientists with better data to track population trends and other information such as where birds go and challenges they encounter Armed with more data conservationists can more effectively target restoration projects environmental policies and other efforts to deliberately provide good outcomes for birds And ultimately those outcomes can help to reverse population declines At Audubon volunteers have always been critical to achieving conservation goals on a scale that would not be possible with staff and scientists alone With so many online resources it s easy for citizen scientists to get information about how they can get involved to connect with other volunteers and to report their findings online As the full extent of the Gulf oil disaster continues to reveal itself we still

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2015/04/13/birds-need-your-help-5-years-later/ (2016-05-01)
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