Coast in Crisis

  Supporters of Louisiana’s largest coastal project welcome the findings in a new federal report

  Signs of hope along Louisiana’s coast despite damaging 2020 hurricane season

  A $16 million home renovation gives new life to Louisiana’s Rabbit Island

  The Mississippi River builds land in West Bay

Work begins to restore Louisiana island that is home to thousands of brown pelicans

  Eagles nest halts work on a portion of levee project in Plaquemines Parish

Continued Coverage

  Coast in Crisis: Rising seas and sinking land challenge Louisiana coastal effort

  A camp owner’s “island paradise” stands up to the 2020 hurricane season

  Coastal project aims to use river mud to build land

  50,000 birds nest on a brand new Louisiana island

  $130 million project aims to save Louisiana’s Maurepas Swamp

  Louisiana officials complain National Parks bill ‘siphons money’ from Louisiana coast

  Coastal restoration pioneer Dr. Sherwood “Woody” Gagliano dead at 84

Dr. Sherwood “Woody” Gagliano, a geographer, geologist and archaeologist who was among the first to warn of Louisiana’s coastal land loss, has died at the age of 84.

  Recently restored Queen Bess Island remains intact following Tropical Storm Cristobal

30 percent of pelican chicks perished in the storm, biologists estimate

  BP oil disaster penalties and settlements fund billions of dollars in Louisiana coastal projects

Monday marks 10 years since the Macondo well blow out in the Gulf of Mexico

  A population explosion is about to come to Louisiana’s Queen Bess

The island was recently rebuilt with 2010 Gulf oil spill money

  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open Bonnet Carre Spillway Friday

  New life comes to a Louisiana island

  Louisiana expects to build more coastline in 2020 than it loses

  State of Louisiana touts coastal restoration projects to take pressure off the Bonnet Carre Spillway

  Fine money from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill pays to restore a Louisiana island

  Coastal activists and scientists point to new land resulting from this year’s high Mississippi River

  Nearly 30 years after its passage, the Breaux Act pumps millions into Louisiana coastal projects

Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act provides millions of coastal Louisiana.

  Land Builders: Giant dredges create new delta near the mouth of the Mississippi

Beneficial use of dredge material creates thousands of acres of new marsh near the mouth of the Mississippi River

  Sediment piled high in the Bonnet Carre Spillway after an unprecedented year

The Mississippi River deposited millions of gallons of sand into the Bonnet Carre Spillway this year

Wetland growth near mouth of Atchafalaya gives hope of restoring Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta

Just south of Morgan City, La. at the mouth of the Atchafalaya River, something is happening that gives scientists hope they can halt the Mississippi River Delta’s demise.

  BP spill fines pay for the restoration of Queen Bess Island, a vital pelican nesting site

Queen Bess Island, an import brown pelican nesting site, is undergoing a $10 million renovation

Sen. Wicker calls for comprehensive study of Lower Mississippi River flood controls

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker wants the federal government to have a better plan the next time waters rise in the Mississippi River.

  A high stakes water fight waging over Louisiana’s most expensive coastal projects

The Bonnet Carre Spillway opening has fueled debate over proposed sediment diversions in Louisiana

  Millions of dump trucks worth of river sand build new land along Louisiana coast

Beneficial use of dredge material from the Mississippi River is creating new land in Louisiana's delta

  High Mississippi River brings unexpected crawfish population explosion

Fishermen are trapping mudbugs by the thousands in Mardi Gras Pass thanks to the high waters of the Mississippi River.

  Fishermen pull up dead and dying oysters in areas affected by the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening

Fishermen in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes had already complained about various cuts, both man-made and natural, that have made Breton Sound more fresh.

Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” - an area where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life.

  Recovery continues 9 years after Deepwater Horizon disaster

Nine years have passed since the BP oil spill claimed 11 lives and caused an ecological nightmare.

New Orleans sues oil, gas firms over coastal erosion

The City of New Orleans is suing several oil and gas companies over coastal erosion.

  One million cypress and Tupelo seeds could help revive Louisiana’s forests

A test program involves planting cypress forests by air.

  State plans for river diversions spark a ‘mud fight’ over coastal restoration

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is studying nearly doubling the output of the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion Project on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish

  LSU researcher believes simply filling in oil field canals reverses some coastal land loss

R. Eugene Turner believes the solution to at least some of Louisiana’s coastal land loss is staring officials in the face: backfill many of the oil field canals that dissect the coastal marshes.

Gov. Edwards commits to restore funding for coast

Gov. John Bell Edwards committed Wednesday to restoring millions of dollars that Louisiana cut from coastal funding a few years ago as its budget was hemorrhaging.

John Snell’s Tribute to Coastal Louisiana

A photographic tribute to Louisiana's vanishing coast

  Containment, clean-up continues in Port Sulphur oil spill

Dozens of boats and more than 100 workers are trying to clean up and contain an oil spill in Plaquemines Parish. We know nearly 5,000 gallons of oil and water has been collected, but there’s still plenty more work to be done.

Plaquemines Parish government raises conflict of interest concerns over state coastal director’s new job

Louisiana Coastal Chairman Johnny Bradberry takes a new job with a state contractor, drawing fire from critics

Report: Grant to plan wetlands restoration between Bucktown and Bonnabel in Jefferson Parish

According to our partners | The Times-Picayune, the $400,000 grant will restore wetlands from the Bonnabel Boat Launch to Bucktown.

La. governor speaks at summit on state’s coastal future

Governor John Bel Edwards joined a summit Wednesday to discuss the future of Louisiana’s coastlines.

  ‘Pillows’ provide a new type of coastal protection for Louisiana

An aggregate material could provide a new method of protecting critical Louisiana shorelines

NO: Elmer’s Island land strip decision thrills environmentalists

The wildlife and fisheries commission thrills gathered environmentalists by rescinding agreement to build an airstrip on Elmer’s island.

  The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in Louisiana had no name

Monday marks the 125th anniversary of the 1893 hurricane along the Louisiana coast

  Poll finds broad support for restoration among coastal LA voters

Poll finds 97% of coastal Louisiana voters favor restoration

  Plants dying after insect infestation seem to recover

Roseau cane stages a recovery in the Louisiana delta

Deepening Mississippi River could lure some of the world’s largest ships to N.O.

Congress and the White House Office of Management and Budget must still sign off on the funding. However, Duffy called the Corps action "monumental" for the Mississippi River.

  Watch drone video of a pelican paradise

Queen Bess Island, home to thousands of brown pelicans, is slated for a restoration project next year.

  Louisiana marks the 50th anniversary of the reintroduction of the brown pelican

Once of the verge of extinction, populations have come roaring back but face long term threats

  A Coast in 3D: forces from below are responsible for much of Louisiana's land loss

With the Mississippi River caged in levees, subsidence plays a critical role in overall loss

  A Tale of 2 Fishermen: Charter captains take opposing views on largest coastal project

The most expensive coastal restoration project in history promises to reconnect the Mississippi River with the delta, pouring up to 75,000 cubic feet per second of fresh water and sediment into marshes and bays.

  State takes soil samples at site of largest coastal restoration project, despite Plaquemines Parish opposition

The state of Louisiana has taken soil samples at the site of a controversial coastal restoration project despite opposition from Plaquemines Parish leaders.

  Three different views of the South Louisiana of the future

The low, medium and high scenarios for coastal land loss over the next 50 years are based on future projections of sea level rise

Scientists forecast an "average size" dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico in 2018

Prediction calls for significantly smaller area than 2017 record

  New research shows bugs not culprit in killing off Louisiana coastline

While some small bugs, called scales may still be part of the problem, there is another bigger factor at play.

  Plaquemines Parish, state of Louisiana locked in a stalemate over the biggest-ever coastal restoration project

For decades, many people in Louisiana complained about the glacial pace of efforts to restore the state's vanishing coast. However, Plaquemines Parish President Amos Cormier is effectively saying "not so fast" when it comes to the largest-ever restoration project.

  DIY Levees: With little help from Washington, Louisiana's bayou communities go it alone

Without significant help from Washington, Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes build their own levees

  Chalmette High students sow seeds of hope along battered St. Bernard Parish coastline

Members of the 4-H club participate in a coastal project that spanned nearly two school years

  Louisiana taps into a buried treasure of sand to rebuild barrier islands

Louisiana is spending hundreds of millions of dollars rebuilding its barrier islands, but faces a critical challenge in that effort:  finding an affordable and plentiful supply of sand to sculpt islands and marsh.  Ship Shoal provides one answer.

  America's newest beach has no hotels or tiki bars

A dredging project rebuilds a Louisiana barrier island

  Coast in Crisis: Are laws designed to protect the environment slowing efforts to restore Louisiana's coast?

Critics complain laws passed nearly a half century ago failed to anticipate large-scale restoration

Lake Pontchartrain could merge with surrounding lakes in the future, coastal experts warn

A combination of rising seas and sinking land threatens to overwhelm slivers of land that separate lakes surrounding metropolitan New Orleans.

Gov. Edwards praises Trump Administration decision to speed review of Louisiana's coastal plans

Deal could hit the accelerator on the largest-ever restoration project

  Could Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas become one?

Coastal activists warn inaction could heighten the threat from storm surge

  Once a paradise for brown pelicans, islands vanish in a matter of years

One last island, barely a speed bump, remains in Cat Bay

  All is not lost along the Louisiana coast where some new land has been created

The view from above shows some spots where new land has been created

Something is killing a plant vital to holding together the river delta in Southeast Louisiana

Earl Armstrong rummages through a stand of roseau cane near the mouth of the Mississippi River in search of a small alien that seems to be causing a world of trouble.

  Scientists set out to answer a question that has plagued them since Hurricane Katrina

Can diverting the Mississippi River really build new land?   Only miles from the mouth of the river, the Mississippi belches mud and sand, adding to the delta.

Update: Plaquemines Parish plugs a breach in a west bank levee

Crews working through the night and into Sunday contained a breach in a Plaquemines Parish levee, according to the parish's coastal office.

  Big and small, invasive pests spread trouble along coastal Louisiana

From feral hogs to tiny insects and South American rodents, transplants disrupt the ecosystem

  Giant model of lower Mississippi River takes shape at new research facility

Researchers studying proposed sediment diversions on the Mississippi River will have a giant new tool soon

Louisiana coast money at risk in federal budget

President Trump's first budget proposal calls for eliminating a key source of funding for coastal restoration, federal offshore oil revenue sharing.

New Orleans sits atop an ancient barrier island

To the casual observer, this looks like any other section of marsh. However, this spot in extreme Eastern New Orleans-- almost at the St. Tammany Parish line-- is unique.

  Louisiana spends billions of dollars in settlement and fine money associated with the 2010 Gulf oil spill

State plans part of its vision for saving coastline with BP dollars.

A $16 million taxpayer-funded coastal project is rarely used

Plaquemines Parish cites concerns about potential damage to a levee that breached last year.

  A tiny bug sucks the life out of parts of a Louisiana delta

Near the mouth of the Mississippi river, scales have infested miles of roseau cane.

Gov. Edwards tells lawmakers LA is racing against time to save its coast

Edwards backs the state's revised Coastal Master Plan, which comes before lawmakers in their annual spring session.