Free Webinar on Potential of Blue Carbon on Louisiana's Coast: March 5, 1pm CST

Tierra Resources Releases Results of Two-Year Assessment of Blue Carbon Potential on Louisiana's Coast.

FREE Webinar: Carbon Market Opportunities for Louisiana's Coastal Wetlands

Please join the American Carbon Registry and guest speakers Dr. Sarah Mack of Tierra Resources, Drs. Robert Lane and John Day of Louisiana State University and Dick Kempka of The Climate Trust to learn about the carbon offset potential of Louisiana’s wetlands, the carbon impacts of preventing wetland loss, which restoration techniques show the most potential as wetland offset projects, and the estimated revenue potential that carbon finance can contribute to wetland restoration in coastal areas of the Mississippi River Delta. The presentation will include a Q&A session.
 
Findings from the report will be shared by Tierra Resources and the American Carbon Registry at a free national webinar, scheduled for March 5, 2015, at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.
 
Initial study findings showed that restoration in Louisiana has the potential to produce over 1.8 million offsets per year; almost 92 million offsets over 50 years. This is the equivalent of taking approximately 350 thousand cars off the road each year or 20 million cars off the road over 50 years.  Wetland restoration techniques identified in this study could potentially generate $400 million to $1 billion in offset revenue depending on the dollar value of the carbon offset—with the potential for almost $630 million more by including prevented wetland loss in the carbon accounting.


Tierra Resources and The Climate Trust are releasing their two year assessment “Carbon Market Opportunities for Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands.” The report will be available in early March at www.tierraresourcesllc.com

FREE LDEQ Construction and Stormwater ENVIROSCHOOL: March 26th 10am-noon, Jefferson Parish Library

 ENVIROSCHOOL 

A FRONT-LOADING CONCEPT DEVELOPED BY THE DEQ LEADERSHIP TEAM

EDUCATION + MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION = COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT  

The Enviroschool program at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is the environmental education outreach arm of the Agency that provides training for communities, businesses, and other organizations on a number of regulatory topics.  The goal of this program is for the attendees to become informed about the environmental regulatory process and to maintain and improve environmental compliance.  These workshops are free and open to the public.  If you are interested, please feel free to register for any of our workshops that are posted below or contact us if you would like additional information.    

2015 SESSIONS

 LPDES Construction Stormwater Permits

This session will provide an overview of stormwater general permits and the requirements for operators of construction projects to obtain authorization to discharcharge stormwater.  An emphasis will be placed on new requirements in the 2014 Large Construction General Permit, LAR 100000.  Please register for one of the sessions below; all sessions are from 10AM-12NOON.

  • February 25, Baton Rouge:  LDEQ HQ- Galvez Bldg, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • March 5, Alexandria Area:  Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg Street, Pineville, LA 71360
  • March 12, Lake Charles Area:  LSU/SU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
  • March 26, New Orleans Area:  Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 West Napoleon Street, Metairie, LA 70001

Sewage Sludge Hauling

This session will provide an overview of the rules and regulations including registration requirements, standards for transporters of sewage sludge, and standards for vehicles and/or containers used in the transport of sewage sludge.  Additionally, there will be a brief discussion on the inspection and enforcement procedures regarding sewage sludge hauling.  Facility owners, operators, drivers, consultants, persons involved with sewage sludge generation, hauling and disposal operations are encouraged to attend.  Please register for one of the sessions below; all sessions are from 10AM-12Noon:

  • April 9, Baton Rouge:  LDEQ HQ- Galvez Bldg, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • April 16, Lake Charles Area:  LSU/SU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
  • April 23, Alexandria Area:  Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg Street, Pineville, LA 71360
  • April 28, New Orleans Area:  Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 West Napoleon Street, Metairie, LA 70001

Restore Act Listening Session 6pm Tonight (Feb 23, 2015) at Lindy Boggs Center at UNO

Plans to spend BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster funds on proposed restoration projects will be discussed at a special listening session at 6pm tonight, Monday February 23, 2015, at the Lindy Boggs Center in the University of New Orleans Research Park located at 2045 Lakeshore Drive. The session will be held in Room 236. For more information on projects and the restoration program visit http://restorethegulf.gov

WWNO Delta Blues Live! Thurs. Feb. 5th 7pm @ Lost Love Lounge: How delta communities are planning for coastal land loss and rising sea levels.

 
DELTA BLUES LIVE!
A LIVE PRESENTATION OF WWNO COASTAL DESK REPORTING
FROM VIETNAM, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5
 
For immediate release
More information, graphics, interviews:
Laine Kaplan-Levenson, WWNO Coastal Producer: (914)-263-2311lkaplanlevenson@wwno.org

Join WWNO News Director Eve Troeh and Coastal Reporter Jesse Hardman for a live illustrated presentation of their coastal erosion reports from Vietnam,  “Delta Blues: Water and Climate Change from the Mississippi to the Mekong.” Troeh and Hardman traveled to Vietnam to learn how Mekong River Delta communities are planning for coastal land loss, and how the people of the Mekong Delta adapt to rising sea levels day by day. 

When: Thursday, February 5th at 7pm 
Where: Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St. at Franklin Avenue in New Orleans’ Faubourg Marigny)
 
All are welcome to attend, ask questions, and join the discussion.  Free admission.  Vietnamese bahn mi and spring rolls will be available from the Lost Love Lounge kitchen.
 
“Delta Blues: Water and Climate Change from the Mississippi to the Mekong” is a three-part radio news series on WWNO 89.9 FM and KTLN 90.5 FM.  The first two reports were broadcast on January 22 and 29, and are available now on wwno.org.  The final report will air on Thursday February 5 at 8:30am.

 
WWNO Coastal Desk reporting from Vietnam is supported by the  Solutions Journalism Network, an independent, non-profit organization working to legitimize and spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.  

Support for WWNO’s ongoing coastal news reporting comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Kabacoff Family Foundation, and its listeners.

WWNO New Orleans Public Radio is the NPR member radio station for New Orleans and 13 parishes of southeast Louisiana, broadcasting on 89.9 FM and on KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area.  WWNO broadcasts news, music, and cultural programs on 89.9/90.5; 24-hour classical on WWNO HD2; and 24-hour jazz on WWNO HD3.  WWNO’s trusted, thought-provoking news and lively cultural entertainment make it one of the top stations in metro New Orleans. WWNO’s programs and news features are available at wwno.org.  WWNO is a public service of the University of New Orleans.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson
914-263-2311

Water Collaborative Walk + Learn TODAY 4pm! SELA Project Review with Leaders from S&WB and Milwaukee

The GNO Water Collaborative will meet at 4 pm today, Nov. 19th in front of Pascal Manale’s, for a special 30 minute Walk & Learn to discuss the SELA drainage project with Joe Becker, General Superintendent of S&WB, Ghassan Korban, Commissioner of the Dept of Public Works in Milwaukee, and other invited guests. From there, the group will walk to the Academy of the Sacred Heart to examine the campus’ green infrastructure, then back to Pascal Manale’s for drinks and discussion.

Pascale Manale’s is located at 1838 Napoleon Ave. New Orleans, 70115

US Army Corps of Engineers Releases Climate Change Adaptation Plan

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently released their 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plan. This document guides myriad aspects of USACE planning, enforcement, permitting, and implementation.  

It’s a strong plan based on three “key pillars” to:
  • Cut carbon pollution
  • Prepare for climate change
  • Lead international efforts to combat climate change and prepare for its impacts

Many useful tools and assessments can be found in this important update that should be part of the reference materials of all environmental planners.