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  • Delta Dispatches | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    an important role in preventing we track the nesting success of birds and determine causes of failure such as storm surge and various predators Piping Plovers Elmers Island Louisiana Photo Erik Johnson Audubon Louisiana If restored barrier islands act as refuges and havens for predators and not nesting seabirds what can be done to enhance seabird nesting success The removal of predators can be expensive challenging and unsustainable Electric and other kinds of exclosure fencing might be feasible in certain circumstances but is also relatively expensive and often requires regular maintenance A more sustainable approach might instead be to place greater emphasis on the construction of smaller offshore islands through dredge spoil or beneficial use particularly where land building processes exist such as near diversions and naturally accreting deltas Caminada Headlands Barrier Island Creation The continued deterioration of Caminada headland threatens thousands of acres of wetland habitat as well as critical infrastructure The project creates 300 acres of back barrier intertidal marsh and nourishes 130 acres of emergent marsh behind 3 5 miles of the Caminada beach using material dredged from the Gulf of Mexico Photo Patrick M Quigley Gulf Coast Air Photo By no means might I suggest to reduce the emphasis on larger barrier island restoration this has an important role in the protection of other coastal habitats and coastal human communities Surely barrier islands with some predators are better than no barrier islands Considering how to maximize the efficacy of barrier islands for nesting seabirds will require an island by island assessment regular surveys and adaptive management Each of these islands are one hurricane away from losing their predators so a well constructed barrier island that withstands one or more storms might suddenly produce more birds than were produced in many multiple years leading up to that Most seabirds are long lived and their ability to live and nest on the edge of the Earth gives them a chance to wait for this once in a lifetime event They take the long term view not all that different than Louisiana s 50 year 50 billion coastal restoration plan Western Sandpiper Grand Isle Louisiana Photo Erik Johnson Audubon Louisiana If you would like more information on Audubon Louisiana s Coastal Stewardship Program or would like to volunteer with one of our programs contact Erik Johnson Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Louisiana at ejohnson audubon org You can also sign up here to receive the latest news updates and volunteer information from Audubon Louisiana Leave a comment Rebuilding after the BP Oil Spill April 20 2016 Posted by Emily McCalla in BP Oil Disaster Reports Wildlife By our partner National Wildlife Federation View the original post here Six years ago this week the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded killing 11 men and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months At the time many representatives from the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition were on the ground cataloging the impacts to wildlife and the habitats of the Gulf of Mexico Touring Shell Island West Photo by Jacques Hebert Six years later we are still hard at work Yesterday National Wildlife Federation released a new interactive report that looks at what the most recent science says about the impacts of the disaster and how we can restore the Gulf Some of the impacts described in the report In the first five years after the disaster more than three quarters of pregnant bottlenose dolphins in the oiled areas failed to give birth to a live calf As many as 8 3 billion oysters were lost as a result of the oil spill and response effort The dramatic reduction in oyster populations imperils the sustainability of the oyster fishery in the northern Gulf of Mexico In 2010 the oil spill killed between two and five trillion larval fish The fate of as much as 30 percent of the oil remains unknown to this day Twenty percent of the adult female Kemp s ridley sea turtles may have been killed during the disaster possibly explaining the turtles low nest counts Kemp s ridley sea turtle Photo by National Park Service Today we know more about the devastating impacts of oil than ever before and we also know more about what we can do to restore the Gulf of Mexico As a result of the various legal settlements with BP and the other oil companies more than 16 billion dollars will ultimately be available for environmental restoration We need to make sure that this money is used wisely on projects that benefit the Gulf as a whole Coastal Louisiana and the wetlands around the Mississippi River Delta which were already eroding at an alarming rate pre spill received the brunt of the oil that hit the coast Some marshes and barrier islands still have remnants of BP oil even six years later The money from the settlement means that the very areas that were so badly injured stand a chance to rebound if we use the settlement money to fund comprehensive science based restoration This year on the eve of the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion staff from the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition took a tour of Shell Island West a barrier island restoration project in Louisiana funded by early Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds This project will restore approximately 600 acres of beach dune and marsh habitat It is part of the larger Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline restoration project which will rebuild the eroding barrier islands that separate the ecologically and economically important Barataria Bay estuary from the Gulf of Mexico Shell Island West Photo by Jacques Hebert Restoring estuaries like Barataria Bay are key to improving the health of the Gulf of Mexico Barrier islands serve as a first line of defense protecting coastal communities from hurricanes and tropical storms They also form protected areas where freshwater from rivers can mix with the saltier waters of the Gulf creating nursery areas

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  • Media Resource | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Economics Blog Media Room Media Resource Us in the News Latest Delta News Fact Sheets Press Releases Reports and Resources Videos About Who We Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer Media Resource Media Resources Videos Current stories Fact sheets Press Releases Reports and Additional Resources RELATED SOURCES Contacts and Resources Press contacts Elizabeth Van Cleve Environmental

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  • Latest stories featuring the Mississippi River Delta Campaign | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Picayune March 31 2015 Only two tiny strips of sand and shell dotted with a few skeletal remains of mangrove trees are all that was left of Cat Island a tiny isle in Barataria Bay that held thriving colonies of brown pelicans wading birds and gulls prior to the BP Deepwater Horizion oil spill on Tuesday March 31 Read more Two year old breach in Mississippi River could be formally named Mardi Gras Pass By Bob Marshall The Lens July 11 2014 When the Mississippi River broke through its east bank south of Pointe à la Hache Read more Climate change a threat to New Orleans region officials warn By Jeff Adelson The New Orleans Advocate June 6 2014 We need levees to protect the municipalities and we need wetlands to protect our levees Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Read more Group of local leaders worry that climate change could impact La s coast video By Meg Farris WWL TV June 5 2014 A group of local leaders is using this first week of hurricane season to sound an alarm Read more New Orleans legislators environmentalists call for action to stop global warming video By Mark Schleifstein The Times Picayune June 5 2014 Several New Orleans state legislators joined a group of environmental leaders on Thursday to warn Read more West Bank Spotlight Westwego Rotary gains insight into Mississippi River delta restoration issues By Yetoria L DeShazier The New Orleans Advocate June 4 2014 Eden Davis greater New Orleans outreach coordinator for the Restore the Mississippi River Delta organization Read more What To Do With Bayou Bienvenue audio By Laine Kaplan Levenson WWNO June 2 2014 The Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle of today is what is called a ghost swamp Until the 1960s it was a full of cypress trees Read more Letter Bills would commit state to restoring vanishing coast Letter to the Editor by Michelle Maloney The Advocate May 18 2014 As Louisiana continues to address the ongoing land loss crisis in our coastal zone the legislature is considering two bills HB148 and HB490 Read more Still Counting Gulf Spill s Dead Birds By Mark Schrope The New York Times May 5 2014 Melanie Driscoll an ornithologist with the Audubon Society in Baton Rouge La said the work has tremendous value Read more BP Oil Spill Still Affecting The Gulf PART 2 video By Dave Malkoff The Today Show April 26 2014 Large predators like dolphins and sea turtles are still dying in large numbers around the gulf coast 4 years after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill Watch here BP Says Gulf Cleanup Over By Steve Curwood NPR Living on Earth April 25 2014 There s a saying about ecology that it s not rocket science it s a lot more complicated than that Read more Oil Spill Still Impacts Wildlife video By The Weather Channel April 24 2014 Oil spill leaves lasting impacts on the Mississippi damage to both plants and animals remain read more Oil Spill Dissolving Wetlands video By Chad Petri WKRG April 22 2014 Four years after deepwater horizon a lot of the damage in this part of Louisiana comes in what you don t see Read more The BP spill four years later By David Yarnold McClatchy News April 21 2014 Four years after the largest offshore oil disaster in U S history scientists are still trying to come to terms with the toll that the Deepwater Horizon Read more Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill The Gulf Is Still Suffering By Kate Valentine Think Progress April 20 2014 David Muth Director of the National Wildlife Federation s Mississippi River Delta Restoration campaign told ThinkProgress So you re compounding a problem that already existed Read more Evidence shows gulf wildlife continues to suffer 4 years after spill By Chris Miller WWL Radio New Orleans La April 19 2014 Easter Sunday this weekend also happens to be the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion Read more BP Oil spill four years later Return to Barataria Bay and Cat Island video By Julia Kumari Drapkin The Times Picayune April 18 2014 When a crew of journalists and environmental groups studying the effects of the BP Deepwater Macondo oil spill Read more Barataria Bay 4 Years After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster By Eileen Fleming WWNO April 16 2014 As Sunday s four year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches environmental groups headed out Read more Scientists fear BP blowout killed far more birds than officially reported By Bob Marshall The Lens April 15 2014 Almost from the start wildlife advocates described the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a war on the Gulf ecosystem Read more Four years after BP spill questions linger By John DeSantis The Tri Parish Times Houma La April 15 2014 Carey Perry science director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana went along for the Wildlife Federation Read more BP oil spill choked off important pelican nesting sites on Louisiana coast By Bob Marshall The Lens April 11 2014 The immediate impact of the lost nesting sites is likely to be felt more by humans than the birds said Melanie Driscoll the National Audubon Society s director of bird conservation for the Gulf Coast Read more Nearly 4 years later researchers gather data to realize full impact of Deepwater Horizon disaster video By Rachel Wulff WDSU April 10 2014 This is one example of the erosion You can see across that gap that didn t exist before The marsh has been eaten back said Melanie Driscoll Read more Four years after BP disaster erosion quickens along Gulf shore video By Amy Wold The Advocate April 11 2014 After the oil spill marsh grass along this same stretch of marsh looked burned and as that marsh grass died the land under it eroded said Alisha Renfro Read more 4 years after BP spill environmental impacts persist video By Paul Murphy CBS News April 10 2014 Once the vegetation

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  • Latest News | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Spillway were closed Monday ending the flow of Mississippi River water into Lake Pontchartrain but south Louisiana could see more rising river water in the spring read more Engineering will start on two coastal restoration projects in south Lafourche after a state federal task force approved paying their design costs By Associated Press Feb 2 2016 THIBODAUX Louisiana Engineering will start on two coastal restoration projects in south Lafourche after a state federal task force approved paying their design costs read more Deepwater Horizon restoration projects need accountability By Larry McKinney TribTalk Feb 1 2016 After years of assessment litigation and negotiation BP has agreed to pay more than 20 billion in penalties to settle claims in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 In October the Natural Resource Trustees released an eye popping overview of their plans to put that money to use restoring the environment read more Nearly 1 000 scientists in Tampa for conference on BP oil spill By Keith Morelli The Tampa Tribune Feb 1 2016 TAMPA Nearly 1 000 scientists researchers and environmental experts from all over the globe are in downtown Tampa this week for the four day Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Ecosystem Science Conference read more No Comments Latest Mississippi River Delta news Feb 1 2016 February 1 2016 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News How long will Lake Pontchartrain stay dirty By Todd Masson The Times Picayune Jan 28 2016 The U S Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete the task of closing the bays in the Bonnet Carre Spillway next week but that won t immediately alter the hydrological makeup of Lake Pontchartrain read more Did spillway opening push speckled trout out of Lake Pontchartrain By Todd Masson The Times Picayune Jan 28 2016 Salinity isn t terribly important to speckled trout this time of year but clarity is and for the past couple of weeks much of Lake Pontchartrain has been about as clear as advanced placement calculus read more New Orleans Is Done Fighting Water By Julian Spector City Lab Jan 29 2016 Unlike some other flood prone below sea level cities New Orleans keeps its water hidden Whereas Amsterdam and Venice channel the seas through a dense network of canals dispersed throughout the city New Orleans long ago resorted to fortifying its borders against the lakes river and swamps that surround it pumping out whatever water got through That was one reason why Hurricane Katrina hit the levees with such ferocity the pent up floodwaters got funneled down the man made canals until they crashed against man made barriers read more Louisiana pays more than 19K for destroyed wetlands By The Associated Press Jan 28 2016 Louisiana has had to pay nearly 20 000 to compensate for the fact that New Orleans City Park illegally cleared more than an acre of wetlands for a new golf course last year read more Terrebonne Parish Council approves new parish administrators By Sean Ellis The Daily Comet Jan 27 2016 The Terrebonne Parish Council unanimously approved all of Parish President Gordon Dove s appointments of parish administrators and the parish s attorney and assistant attorneys at its meeting tonight read more Lt Governor Billy Nungesser promotes tourism to stimulate state economy By Liz Koh KPLC TV Jan 28 2016 While State Treasurer John Kennedy discussed the state s struggling oil industry at the Golden Nugget on Thursday over at L Auberge newly elected Lt Governor Billy Nungesser proposed a solution to stimulate the state s economy read more No Comments Latest Mississippi River Delta news Jan 27 2016 January 27 2016 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News Floodwaters start to recede By Stacy Gill The Advocate Jan 27 2016 Several roads that were closed recently because of floodwater from the Mississippi River in West Feliciana Parish remain closed as of Jan 25 including River Road at Tunica Cat Island Road at Polly Creek and the low water bridge at Solitude read more Nungesser taps former LDWF secretary to lead state parks By Greg Hilburn The News Star Jan 26 2016 Robert Barham who served two terms as former Gov Bobby Jindal s Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary will direct state parks and historic sites under new Lt Gov Billy Nungesser read more Gentilly Resiliency District goes against flow of how New Orleans handles stormwater By Greg LaRose The Times Picayune Jan 26 2016 A 141 million grant the federal government awarded New Orleans last week will allow the city to tackle one of its most ambitious infrastructure projects since a network of drainage canals and pumping stations were built to turn its sub sea level swampland into sprawling suburban style neighborhoods decades ago read more What You Need to Know About the Gentilly Resiliency District By Lauren LaBorde Curbed Jan 27 2016 New Orleans recently won a grant to improve handling of stormwater and the buzzwordy Gentilly Resiliency District was presented as one of the initiatives the grant will power The only thing we knew about it then was the vague aim of creating resilient safe and equitable communities of opportunity but now there s more info Here s the skinny read more No Comments Latest Mississippi River Delta new Jan 26 2016 January 26 2016 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News Bonnet Carre Spillway closing begins as river slowly drops By Mark Schleifstein The Times Picayune Jan 25 2016 The Army Corps of Engineers began closing the first 10 of 210 bays in the Bonnet Carre Spillway weir at Norco on Monday Jan 25 as the flow of the Mississippi River continued to drop at the Carrollton gauge in New Orleans The corps hopes to complete the closure of the structure which diverts river water to Lake Pontchartrain to reduce the height and speed of water stressing levees in the New Orleans area in seven to 10 days spokesman Ricky Boyett said read more

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  • Fact sheets of the Mississippi River Delta Coalition | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Protect The Funding Volunteer Media Resource Media Resources Videos Current stories Fact sheets Press Releases Reports and Additional Resources RELATED SOURCES Fact sheets Saving Coastal Louisiana Employing a Suite of Restoration Solutions About the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign Informational fact sheet on the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign What We Know Now About the BP Oil Spill November 2015 Katrina 10 A Coastal View of Katrina Ten Years Later Gulf Oil Disaster 5 Years Later Infographic About the RESTORE Act How the Restore the Gulf Coast States Act works Mister Go Isn t Gone Yet Restoring the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Ecosystem Creating community and environmental resiliency in the wake of a man made catastrophe Pulsed Land Building Sediment Diversions Many people think of river diversions as freshwater delivery systems that run constantly at a certain rate to control salinity A pulsed sediment diversion may run only occasionally and uses scientific information to operate in a manner that delivers sediment as efficiently as possible to sediment starved wetland basins Restore the Central Wetlands In the early 1950s the Central Wetlands was primarily a freshwater system dominated by cypress swamp and freshwater marsh Now the Central Wetlands is a broken

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  • Press Releases | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Governor Elect Appoints New Leader for Coastal Restoration January 5 2016 Funding for Louisiana Coastal Area Program Included in Omnibus Spending Bill December 17 2015 RESTORE Council Votes to Approve Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding December 9 2015 Governor Jindal s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Coastal Restoration November 20 2015 La s Gubernatorial Candidates Declare Positions on Coastal Restoration Fiscal Issues November 18 2015 Groups Pleased As Key Sediment Diversions Advance Coastal Restoration Funds Protected October 21 2015 Governor Jindal s Plan to Redirect Coastal Restoration Funding is Bad for Louisiana October 9 2015 Conservation Groups Pleased to See Gulf Restoration Efforts Advance October 5 2015 New Poll Finds 94 Percent of Louisianians Will Consider a Candidate s Coastal Platform When Voting September 20 2015 MRGO Must Go Coalition Applauds 3 Billion Court Decision Moving Critical Restoration Forward September 2 2015 Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President Obama to Prioritize Restoration August 26 2015 Restore the Mississippi River Delta Launches Restore the Coast Community Engagement Campaign August 14 2015 RESTORE Council Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding August 13 2015 A Decade after Katrina Groups Issue Recommendations for Community Protection Restoration August 11 2015 Gulf Restoration Groups Ready to Put Billions to Work to Bring Back Gulf July 2 2015 Opening of Hurricane Season a Timely Reminder of Urgent Need for Coastal Restoration May 28 2015 Conservation Groups Commend Congressional Funding of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects May 21 2015 NOAA Study Confirms BP Oil Spill Led to Dolphin Deaths in Northern Gulf of Mexico May 20 2015 Leading Conservation Groups Praise Passage of HCR1 Funding 2015 2016 Coastal Annual Plan May 19 2015 Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue April 17 2015 Five Years after BP Oil Spill Focus Should Be on Continued Need for Restoration April 16 2015 Five Years Later Gulf Oil Disaster s Impacts to Habitat and Wildlife Still Evident March 31 2015 Survey Says Majority of Americans Believe BP Should Pay Maximum Gulf Oil Spill Fines February 6 2015 Conservation Groups React to Coastal Restoration Cuts in President s Budget February 4 2015 Coalition Responds to Jerome Zeringue s Resignation from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority January 26 2015 Louisiana Governor Cuts Coastal Funds Jeopardizing Coast January 21 2015 Final Phase of BP Oil Spill Trial to Begin Next Week January 15 2015 Conservation Groups Release Restoration Solutions for Mississippi River Delta December 9 2014 Media Advisory The Gulf Oil Disaster Four Years Later Visit Oiled Wetlands Restoration Sites April 10 2014 Media Advisory Bayou Sundance Documentary to Premiere in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward February 20 2014 Conservation Organizations Respond to Senator Mary Landrieu s Confirmation as Chairwoman of Energy and Natural Resources Committee February 11 2014 Coalition Responds to Garret Graves Resignation from Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority February 5 2014 N ew Evidence of BP Oil Spill Effects Revealed Today December 18 2013 Deepwater

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  • Reports and Additional Resources | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    News Fact Sheets Press Releases Reports and Resources Videos About Who We Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer Media Resource Media Resources Videos Current stories Fact sheets Press Releases Reports and Additional Resources RELATED SOURCES Reports and additional resources The 2015 Louisiana Governor s Race What the Candidates Are Saying About Coastal Restoration CRCL Coastal Issues Forum Part 1 Securing and Protecting Coastal Funding Part 2 Implementing Large Projects Using Science Part 3 Advancing River Diversions as Critical Projects Part 4 Growing the Economy through Coastal Restoration Louisiana Coastal Issues Poll July 2015 Coastal Restoration Issues Gubernatorial Campaign Topics Poll July 2015 Coastal Restoration Gubernatorial Campaign Topics Poll July 2015 Chandeleur Islands A Post berm Analysis and Island Renourishment Plan Restoring the Mississippi River Delta for People and Wildlife Recommended Projects and Priorities Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Answering 10 Fundamental Questions About the Mississippi River Delta The Mississippi River Delta Coalition Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Achieving Resilience in Coastal Communities The Mississippi River Delta Coalition and National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy By Marcy Lowe and Shawn Stokes

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  • Videos – Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Blog Media Room Media Resource Us in the News Latest Delta News Fact Sheets Press Releases Reports and Resources Videos About Who We Are What We Do Meet Our Experts Contact Upcoming Events Support Restoration Sign up Take Action Protect The Funding Volunteer Media Resource Media Resources Videos Current stories Fact sheets Press Releases Reports and Additional Resources RELATED SOURCES Videos Bayou Sundance Timeline of the Gulf Oil Disaster Make

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