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Louisiana bayou slow to recover from Gulf oil spill
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 00:00

Public Radio International – July 3, 2012

Many ecosystems along the Gulf coast have been slow to recover from the BP oil spill in 2010. But few have struggled as much as Louisiana's coastal wetlands, where the annual erosion rate doubled from five to 10 feet over an 18-month period. The Louisiana bayou is still struggling to recover from the 2010 oil spill that caused its coastal wetlands to erode at historic rates. For full story, click here.

Gulf restoration could create nearly 60,000 jobs, report says
Monday, 11 June 2012 00:00

Walton Family Foundation News Release – June 8, 2012

The Walton Family Foundation’s environment work is rooted in a belief in conservationomics, the idea that the conservation solutions that make economic sense are the ones that last. That is why we are dedicated to restoring the ecosystems of the Gulf Coast region and the communities, industries and economies that depend on them. A recent study by Greater New Orleans, Inc., in partnership with the foundation and Mather Economics LLC, confirms that investments in Gulf restoration will directly impact the prosperity of the people and business that call the Gulf Coast home. Building on extensive research into the impact of wetlands restoration, the study forecasts significant job growth in the region should fines related to the 2010 oil spill be directed to restoration in the Gulf. For more information, click here.

A Push From the Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 13:02

Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie– Penn News – May 10, 2012

Research by a trio of geoscientists, including the University of Pennsylvania’s Douglas Jerolmack, now offers an explanation for why some of the oil stayed out at sea. Using publicly available datasets, their study reveals that the force of the Mississippi River emptying into the Gulf of Mexico created mounds of fresh water which pushed the oil slick off shore. […] “We recognized that there was a very persistent mound, a bump or a bulge, in the elevation of the sea surface in the vicinity of the Mississippi Delta,” Jerolmack said. The reason was that the oil spill coincided with the typical spring flood on the Mississippi, creating a larger-than-normal flow of water into the Delta. This powerful discharge of fresh water mounded on top of the denser salt water of the Gulf. The resulting bulge, which was approximately 10 centimeters higher than the surrounding ocean and 50-100 kilometers in diameter, was positioned so that oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig ran “downhill” and away from the coast. For full story, click here.

What’s the latest with the oil spill since 200M gallons spewed into the Gulf?
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 12:41

By Associated Press – The Washington Post – April 19, 2012

Two years have passed since the April 20, 2010, blowout of BP’s Macondo well triggered an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and spawning the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. After several attempts to cap the well failed, engineers finally halted the flow of oil after more than 85 days, but not before an estimated 206 million gallons of crude spilled. The oil soiled fragile wetlands, stained beaches, killed wildlife and closed vast areas of the Gulf to commercial fishing for time. For full story, click here.

Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (Video)
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:15

NRCS – May 2012

The Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI) took flight during the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. This partnership effort is one of the most popular initiatives in NRCS history. Conservation-minded landowners who love wildlife offered more than 1 million acres for MBHI. More than 470,000 acres are now enrolled -- that's 3 times greater than anticipated! In fact, funding for the initiative had to be increased to $40 million to meet the demand. Participating states are AlabamaArkansasFloridaGeorgia, Louisiana
, Missouri, and Texas. For full story and to view video, click here.

Brown pelicans rebounding after Gulf oil spill
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 00:00

By Bob Marshall – Anchorage Daily News – April 24, 2012

Last Thursday morning, the Cat Islands in Barataria Bay looked like a slice of brown pelican heaven. Every mangrove bush seemed crowned by a nest, and each nest was home to a group of youngsters, from the tiny, hairless newborns that resemble dinosaurs more than birds, to the gangly adolescents trying to test their emerging plumage. And each nest was guarded by at least one vigilant parent while other adults were wheeling across the blue sky hunting for finned meals in the sparkling green waters below.   Two years ago, the world wondered if this rite of spring would ever occur here again. As a major landfall for the oil pouring out of BP's blown Deepwater Horizon rig, Barataria Bay was being pummeled by one of the worst environmental muggings in the nation's history. Poisonous hydrocarbons laced the surface of the bay in ugly red strips, became embedded in the silty bottom, and washed up against the mangrove islands. All this just as the state bird -- only recently returning from a 37-year stay on the endangered and threatened list -- was at the height of its nesting season. For full article, click here.

A Degraded Gulf of Mexico: Wildlife & Wetlands 2 Years Into the Disaster
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 00:00

By National Wildlife Federation – April 2012

This report gives a snapshot view of the current status of coastal wetlands and six wildlife species (or groups of species) that depend on a healthy Gulf. Some 1,050 miles of beaches and wetlands were reported to be contaminated by oil. The extent of damage is highly variable depending upon severity of contamination. Oil contamination or efforts to clean it up can damage wetlands, killing vegetation and thereby causing accelerated erosion and conversion of land to open water. Future Trends: Despite restoration efforts that have slowed the rate of loss, without large-scale restoration Louisiana is projected to lose another 1,750 square miles of coastal wetlands by 2060.xx If that happens, in total, Louisiana will have lost an area of coastal wetlands larger than the state of Rhode Island. For full report, click here.

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