John Snell

The falling Mississippi River allows the Army Corps to close out its “flood fight”

  Recently restored Queen Bess Island remains intact following Tropical Storm Cristobal

  Grand Isle struggles to repair its damaged “burrito” levee

  Saharan dust may produce spectacular sunrises and sunsets while suppressing hurricane development

  FOX’s new prime time “Ultimate Tag” features a New Orleans couple

  Audubon and other large zoos and aquariums plead for financial help

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  South Lafourche High School competes for $50,000 in a nationwide shoe design contest

  Truckers feel more appreciated amid new challenges on America’s roadways

  Spillway opening turns portions of Lake Pontchartrain green

  Projecting $21 million in lost revenue, the Audubon Nature Institute cuts staff

The Bonnet Carre Spillway could close by the end of the week

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

  10 years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a look back at lost islands

Ten years later, larger nesting colonies are going strong.

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

The island was recently rebuilt with 2010 Gulf oil spill money

  Pet owners who contract COVID-19 are urged to isolate from their pets

Pet owners who contract COVID-19 are urged to isolate from their pets.

  The Bonnet Carre Spillway opens for the third year in a row

The Army Corps hopes to limit negative effects on nearby waters

  Some businesses already affected by COVID-19 dread the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening

Monday is National Virtual Vacation Day

  A look inside the Audubon Zoo, devoid of visitors during coronavirus shutdown

  Former CDC microbiologist reflects on the challenges of fighting Covid-19

The Audubon Aquarium names its new penguin chick “Zion”

  New life comes to a Louisiana island

  Louisiana expects to build more coastline in 2020 than it loses

The state of Louisiana projects it will build more land in 2020 than is lost to erosion and subsidence

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

The state of Louisiana believes two proposed river diversions could be used as flood protection

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

Money paid for damage to natural resources restores Queen Bess Island

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

Supporters of proposed Mississippi River Sediment Diversions point to new land building near the Mississippi in southern Plaquemines Parish

The French Quarter makes TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s most popular attractions

The New Orleans French Quarter makes TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s most popular attractions

  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

  How baby oysters in Mississippi survived this year’s influx of fresh water

Oyster growers moved their youngest oysters across state lines to survive the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening

  The Barn: Injured animals find a home in an unlikely place

Christ Episcopal School rehabilitates injured animals and teaches students an appreciation for nature.

  Whale beached along the Mississippi Gulf Coast is out of critical condition

A melon-headed whale is on the road to recovery after beaching itself on the Mississippi Gulf Coast last week, offering a rare opportunity for scientists studying marine mammal deaths.

The Saints on New Orleans TV rate as America’s top hit show

New Orleans Saints score highest in NFL Preseason TV ratings

  Portions of Lake Pontchartrain turn green as algae bloom

Scientists say it will take time for the lake to return to normal, but gauging when exactly that might happen is difficult as the algae thrive in the heat of a Louisiana summer.

  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

  A baby boom comes to the Audubon Institute’s West Bank facility

The Audubon Nature Institute raises two species of endangered cranes

  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.

  Voices in Mississippi complain about being on the receiving end of Louisiana flood waters

Mississippi officials criticize the operation of the Bonnet Carre Spillway

  All four Category Five U.S. hurricanes rapidly intensified before making landfall

All four Category 5 hurricanes intensified rapidly before making landfall

  Mississippi River has been running higher than normal for a few years

The Army Corps operated the Bonnet Carre Spillway for the first time in back-to-back years

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

A test program involves planting cypress forests by air.

  High river levels could trigger the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway

The Bonnet Carre Spillway could open as early as next week to prevent flooding downstream in New Orleans

  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.

  Hurricane Michael could be upgraded to a Cat. 5

Flooding claims more lives in hurricanes, but meteorologists warn do not underestimate the winds

  Victims of the second strongest hurricane to strike the Gulf Coast feel forgotten

Mexico City Beach and other communities struggle to recover from Hurricane Michael and with the lack of media attention

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

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

A little late this year, the Smoky Mountains are about to light up in fall color

Annual autumn display draws thousands of onlookers

  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

  State pitches reluctant Plaquemines Parish on controversial coastal project

In Plaquemines Parish, just the mention of the largest coastal restoration project ever proposed can spark spirited debate.

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.

The New Orleans and San Diego zoos team up in a first-of-its-kind partnership to breed animals

The Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife gives animals room to roam Betty the Bongo acclimates to her new surroundings, dense woods that hug the river on the New Orleans West Bank. It marks a first-of-its-kind-partnership between the Audubon Institute and San Diego Zoo Global.

John Snell reports: A Coast in crisis

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 presents