New Delta Dispatches Blog
We have recently launched a new Delta Dispatches blog, www.deltadispatches.org, where we will be posting the same informative stories you're used to seeing in the Delta Dispatches e-newsletter. The blog will include additional media resources such as: videos, photos, current events, news updates and more. Be sure to check it out, subscribe to updates, and visit often to stay informed about our work to restore coastal Louisiana. Let us know what you think!
Learning from the Dutch: “Living With Water” Part II
By Elizabeth Skree, Environmental Defense Fund
In our previous post about Senator Landrieu's Third Congressional Delegation to the Netherlands, Courtney Taylor from Environmental Defense Fund provided an overview of the trip, including where the delegation went, what they saw, and how they learned to "live with water." Many representatives from the non-profit sector attended, including staff from some of our coalition organizations.
The 4-day trip included site tours and meetings with Dutch officials and engineers. In one of the sessions, the delegation learned how the Dutch had diverted a river, restored the neighboring ecosystem, and taught the locals how to work with the river - not against it - in the "Making Room for the River Project" in Biesbosch... (continue reading here).
Louisiana Coastal Area 6 Project Profile: Medium Diversion at White Ditch
By Angelina Freeman, Environmental Defense Fund
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund and National Audubon Society reviewed and provided comments on the six near-term Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA 6) project reports and final environmental impact statements.
Among the LCA 6, perhaps the most ground-breaking is the tentatively selected plan that incorporates pulsing for the Medium Diversion at White Ditch. White Ditch would provide freshwater, nutrients and sediments to restore degraded habitat and sustain a larger coastal ecosystem east of the Mississippi to support and protect the environment, economy and culture of southern Louisiana... (continue reading here).
Why Should We Save Coastal Louisiana?
By Diane Huhn, Bayou Grace Community Services
Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Bayou Grace Community Services has been working to address the most critical and immediate environmental needs of residents of Lower Terrebonne Parish, La. Coastal land loss is a daily reality for those living in these communities. For many, land loss means living in a constant state of recovery and anticipating the next flood, be it from a tropical storm, hurricane, or even high tides... (continue reading here).
Meet Maura Wood
Maura Wood is the Coastal Louisiana Senior Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. In her role, she meets with various stakeholders in coastal communities to understand their concerns and differences of opinion and ensure decision makers hear their perspectives... (
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