A tropical wave is moving from the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico. The circulation is over land right now, but it is worth watching as it pushes west. It is not likely anything will develop untilmore>>
Dolly has developed in the southern Gulf of Mexico, but not a threat to the northern Gulf coast.more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. The traditionally slow months are transforming with the return of some big-name conventions. more>>
Labor Day is the official end of the summer season, and it's been known as the last day to wear white.more>>
Labor Day is the official end of the summer season, and it's been known as a stopping point for wearing white.more>>
Reserve, LA-- In a manufacturing yard just off Airline Highway, Bob Wetta shows off his company's latest creation, a dredge called the "Moray" destined for duty at an environmental in Syracuse, New York.
"We're the world's leader in portable dredges," said Wetta, President of the Reserve-based DSC.
Wetta's family founded DSC, Dredging Supply Company, in 1994.
Each year, the firm with annual sales approaching $40 million, builds and ships a couple dozen dredges to buyers around the world.
Some are relatively small machines, like the one being shipped Thursday to Syracuse, but others stretch the length of a football field.
Buyers most often include mining companies, ports keeping harbors open to navigation, or contractors involved in environmental work.
The DSC customer base is split about 50-50 between domestic and international customers.
Coastal advocate regularly talk of rebuilding Louisiana's marshes and swamps, to restore valuable ecosystem and natural hurricane defenses.
That would include fresh water river diversions to reconnect the Mississippi with the surrounding waters, but that toolbox also would require greater use of dredges, to carve silt and mud from water bottoms and pump it onto new shorelines.
Despite that, Wetta said he has had exactly one local government official show up at his door over the years to enquire about dredging machines. Plaquemines Parish has considered the possibility of buying its own dredge to mine sediment and rebuild islands in the rapidly disappearing delta.
"We've got world class designing teams," Wetta said. "We've got a problem that needs to be solved. I just think it's a perfect match.
Of course, public bid laws would require DSC to compete for any government contracts, but Wetta echoes the frustrations of coastal managers about the time it takes to bring coastal projects from the drawing board to fruition.
"We have plans put in place now," Wetta said. "So, why don't we have a project going?"
Half-hour documentary to detail the fight to save Louisiana's coast, a way of life and vital natural hurricane defenses.more>>
Each year, Louisiana loses 25-35 square miles of its coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Since 1932, the state has shed 1,900 square miles, or an area the size of Delaware.Tonight, Fox 8 presentsmore>>
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Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffeymore>>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.more>>
For some, it may be hard to believe that nine years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and left major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most people will never forget where theymore>>
Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.more>>
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.more>>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.more>>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:42:59 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. Beardmore>>
Monday night, Thompson was seen leading officers around a field in the Pocahontas area, but there is no clarification or information to confirm what this was about.more>>