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As Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) advances its draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the next few months will be critical in the fight to restore Louisiana’s coast. To keep you engaged and informed, we will bring you discussions on important aspects of coastal restoration, the latest coastal news and events, interviews with relevant experts, business and community leaders, and more.

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As Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) advances its draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the next few months will be critical in the fight to restore Louisiana’s coast. To keep you engaged and informed, we will bring you discussions on important aspects of coastal restoration, the latest coastal news and events, interviews with relevant experts, business and community leaders, and more.

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As Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) advances its draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the next few months will be critical in the fight to restore Louisiana’s coast. To keep you engaged and informed, we will bring you discussions on important aspects of coastal restoration, the latest coastal news and events, interviews with relevant experts, business and community leaders, and more.

Rank #1: Coastal Innovators

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On today’s show Devyani Kar, Coastal Projects & Programs Manager at Environmental Defense Fund joins the show to talk with Jacques & Simone about The Whiskey Island Project and what’s in store for the Louisiana Coast in the next 5 years. Shannon Cunniff, Director of Coastal Resilience, EDF stops by to talk with Simone & Jacques about the meeting CPRA will be holding on December 13th, outcome based performance contracts, pay for performance contracts and more!

Dec 08 2017

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Rank #2: Studying the Mississippi River

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On today’s show Mead Allison, Tulane & The Water Institute of the Gulf joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about what he does for The Water Institue of the Gulf (TWIG) and for Tulane's Department of River – Coastal Science and Engineering and more! He's joined by Barbara Kleiss from the US Army Corps of Engineers to talk about their joint certificate program with Tulane and more!

Apr 27 2018

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Rank #3: Engineering of the Mississippi River

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz.

On today’s show James F. Barnett Jr joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about his fascinating book, “Beyond Control: The Mississippi River’s New Channel to the Gulf of Mexico”. Beyond Control reveals the Mississippi as a waterway of change, unnaturally confined by ever-larger levees and control structures.

Our second guest is Alisha Renfro, Staff Scientist from the National Wildlife Federation, who stops by to talk with Simone & Jacques about the high Mississippi River and the systems in place to keep us protected.

May 26 2017

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Rank #4: Navigating the High Mississippi River

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Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. Today’s first guest is frequent guest Dr. Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist with the National Wildlife Federation! Jacques and Alisha talk at length about the current state of the Mississippi River. They cover everything from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the Old River Control Structure and the upcoming (and historic) opening of the Morganza Spillway. In the final segment, Rachel Rhode, Analyst for Coastal Projects and Programs for the Environmental Defense Fund joins the program to discuss several topics including the anatomy of a delta.

May 31 2019

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Rank #5: Freshwater Diversions with Erin Plitsch

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Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. This week Simone and Jacques talk with Erin Plitsch of Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. Erin is a Coastal Resources Scientist with CPRA’s Operations Division in New Orleans and also serves as Chair of the Caernarvon and Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion technical working groups.

Mar 29 2019

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Rank #6: Bonnet Carre's Unprecedented 2019 Opening

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. On today’s show, Kristi Trail of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation talks to Jacques and Simone about the unprecedented opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway for the third time in four years. Chip Kline, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) also stops by to talk about the Bonnet Carré opening is an opportunity for people to pay attention to what we’re trying to do in the Master Plan. Finally, Alisha Renfro, National Wildlife Federation, closes the show with a bigger picture conversation about the high water event in the Mississippi River and what to expect next.

Mar 08 2019

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Rank #7: The Louisiana Legislature & the Economic Case for Restoration

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On this week's episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques discuss how the 2017 Coastal Master Plan becomes law and the economic case for recovery. In the first two segments Simone has Rep. Jerome "Zee" Zeringue (R - District 52) about his time as the chairman and executive director of the CPRA. Zee provides insights into the Louisiana legislature and the next steps for the master plan as it makes it way into becoming a law. In the second half the show, Jacques speaks with Scott Kirkpatrick, the president of the Coast Builders Coalition – a trade association comprised of private sector companies in the business of restoring and protecting the Gulf Coast. Scott speaks to why restoring the coast is the right economic decision for businesses across the state.

Apr 28 2017

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Rank #8: Fisheries

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Mar 24 2017

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Rank #9: Funding

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This week's episode is dedicated to just one thing: funding! Simone and Jacques will talk to their guests about the complex realities of funding coastal restoration in Louisiana. In the first half the show, Jacques will speak with Elizabeth Mabry, Senior Policy Manager, Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund to talk about the opportunities and challenges in securing funding in today's political realities. On the second half of the episodes, Simone welcomes Chip Kline, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities, Chair, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to talk about funding from the government's perspective including how the CPRA funds the master plan.

Apr 14 2017

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Rank #10: Coastal Poll: Louisiana Voters Support Coastal Restoration

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On today’s show Tom Ordes, owner of Atlas Shoring LLC joins the show to talk with Jacques & Simone about what his company does, the process of home elevations, how to get funding and how to find more information on home elevations. Steve Cochran from Restore the Mississippi River Delta stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about what news he is keeping his eyes on for the next few months, the new poll that came out today, what the poll found, the bipartisan support there is for coastal restoration and more!

Sep 28 2018

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Rank #11: Louisiana Wildlife: Alligators, Pelicans and Bears, Oh My!

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On today’s show Jacques & Simone talk with Sara Sneath, Environment reporter for the Times-Picayune about her recent series on the Endangered Species Act role in saving some Louisiana's iconic species: the American Alligator, the Brown Pelican, and the Louisiana Black Bear. Read all of the pieces on NOLA.com

Aug 24 2018

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Rank #12: Episode 100 with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

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Thanks for listening to the 100th episode of Delta Dispatches! Jacques and Simone mark this special occasion by sitting down with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to get his thoughts on Hurricane Barry, the state's coastal restoration and protection efforts, and much more!

Jul 26 2019

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Rank #13: Louisiana's Coast and the Law with Mark Davis and Chris Dalbom

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On this episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques welcome Mark Davis and Christopher J Dalbom, JD from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. They talk about presenting at January’s CPRA board meeting, some of the biggest legal issues facing Louisiana’s coast, and their upcoming seminar on coastal law and more! Later in the show, they’re joined by the campaign director of Restore the Mississippi River Delta, Steve to talk about CPRA’s announcement regarding the permit for the Mid Breton Diversion on the east bank of the river.

Jan 18 2019

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Rank #14: Experiencing Coastal Culture

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On today’s show Dr. Theryn Henkel, Assistant Director for the Coastal Sustainability Program at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LBPF) stops by to talk about their hot projects, their planting happening tomorrow & October 20th, what they have coming up in November and more! Jonathan Foret, Executive Director of the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center also joins the show to talk with Simone & Jacques about Rougarou Fest, the mission of the SLWDC, ways to support the SLWDC, Swamp Camp and Good Earth Market.

Oct 15 2018

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Rank #15: Panel Discussion with Filmmakers of Water/Ways

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. On today's special episode, Jacques hosts a panel discussion with the filmmakers of Water/Ways. These four short films about communities facing land loss along Louisiana's imperiled coast.

Oct 20 2017

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Rank #16: Talking Oysters

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Simone Maloz & Jacques Hebert. On today’s show Richard Condrey, former professor at LSU in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about his background, the value of Louisiana fisheries to the rest of the world, the Baton Rouge Audubon Society (BRAS) and his blog "The Great Barrier Reef of the Americas: Coastal Lessons from the Past." Natalie Snider, director of science policy at EDF also joins the show to talk with Simone & Jacques about The Great Barrier Reef of the Americas, the impact the loss of the GBRA had on our wetlands & marshes, the importance of oyster reefs for a sustainable coast, creating an artificial reef and much more!

Nov 16 2018

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Rank #17: Unpacking the Latest Science of Coastal Louisiana

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. On today’s show Dr. Clint Willson, Director of LSU Center for River Studies, stops by to talk about recent articles on taming the Mississippi River, the Center for River Studies and what the river may want to do. He's followed by Dr. Alex Kolker who talks about the exciting science happening at LUMCON, their open house coming up and the study about the sinking of the gulf floor.

Apr 20 2018

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Rank #18: The History of LBPF with Kristi Trail

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This week on Delta Dispatches, hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz sit down with the executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), Kirsti Trail! They talk about the history of LBPF, saving the lake, and what the organization does for coastal Louisiana. Later in the show, Erin Brown of Vanishing Paradise stops by to talk about her busy week in the Sportsman's Paradise.

Jul 20 2018

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Rank #19: A Fishing Guide's View to Louisiana Land Loss

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. They're joined by Lucas Bissett, Fly Fishing Charter Captain of Low Tide Charters, who talks about his role with Low Tide, getting a first-hand view of Louisiana's coastal land loss crisis, and his documentary. Later in the show, they're joined by Ryan Chauvin, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager for Restore The Mississippi River Delta Coalition and National Audubon Society to talk about a new ad that will air during this weekend's big game!

Feb 01 2019

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Rank #20: Sediment Diversions

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In episode three of Delta Dispatches, Jacques talks to Rudy Simoneaux and Brad Barr from the CPRA about the science of sediment diversions and how they fit into the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Afterwards, Simone talks to Rebecca Trish from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation to discuss some of the coastal restoration projects LWF is currently working on.

Mar 17 2017

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Exploring Nature: Birds and the Louisiana Children's Museum

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches with solo host Jacques Hebert. Today’s first guest is Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation of Audubon Louisiana. Erik talks about the restoration of one of Louisiana’s most important pelican rookeries, Queen Bess Island. They also discuss some of the great work Audubon Louisiana is doing across the coast including an upcoming beach-nesting bird volunteer opportunity. Jacques is also joined by Julia Bland, Executive Director of the Louisiana Children’s Museum. They talk about the museum’s new home in City Park and their Mississippi River exhibit “Move with the River.”

Jan 24 2020

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Last Call for the Bayou

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Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. This week Jacques and Simone are joined by filmmakers Dom and Nadia Gil with Encompass Films to discuss "Last Call for the Bayou" their 5 short documentaries about Louisiana's land loss crisis. The films are currently being shown at festivals around the country. One film, "On a Wing and a Prayer" was released online by CNN's "Great Big Story," while the other films will be released online later this year. You can learn more about the films at lastcallforthebayou.com and https://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/spotlight-wing-and-a-prayer.

Jan 17 2020

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Sediment Diversion Could Protect 47 Sq. Miles of Louisiana's Coast

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Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. On the first episode of 2020, Simone and Jacques speak with Brad Barth, Operations Assistant Administrator for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Brad talks about one of Louisiana’s cornerstone restoration projects: the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. The CPRA recently completed modeling that showed this project protecting 47 square miles of land over 50 years.

Jan 10 2020

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A Toast to the Coast in 2019!

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On this special year-in-review episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques and Simone look back at a busy year for coastal restoration in Louisiana. They’re joined by friends and guests from the past year starting with Chip Kline, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Lauren Averill, Jefferson Parish Coastal Zone Director, and ASPBA Central Gulf Coast Board member and Kristin Tracz, Program Officer with the Walton Family Foundation.

Dec 20 2019

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Don't Miss Lights on the Lake on Dec. 14th!

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Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches! Today we talk to one of our favorite guests, Dr. Alisha Renfro! Alisha talks to Simone about how a crevasse at Fort St. Phillip is one of the few areas of Louisiana that's growing new land. Alisha also talks about the important River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp project, which is up for public comment now. On the second half the show, we're joined by Mary Elise Schlesinger from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to talk about Saturday's Lights on the Lake event! Come out to the lighthouse for a great holiday celebration. Learn more at https://saveourlake.org/lights

Dec 13 2019

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Cameron Parish Port, Coastal Funding and In the Blind Documentary

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Dec 06 2019

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The Positive Effects of Closing MRGO

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Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. Today hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz are joined by frequent guests Dr. John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Dr. Alisha Renfro of the National Wildlife Federation. In this episode, we talk about the science of coastal restoration including 2019's high river, the impacts of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), the upcoming State of the Coast conference, and volunteer opportunities to help our coast!

Nov 15 2019

41mins

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Future Leaders in Coastal Restoration

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Jacques Hebert, and Simone Maloz. Today we're talking to future leaders in coastal restoration! Today’s first guest is Milan Mardia, senior at Jesuit High School. Milan has presented to the CPRA Board about educating younger generations of coastal advocates and is learning how A.I. (artificial intelligence) could enhance how we approach coastal projects. Check out Milan’s website dedicated to Louisiana’s coastal restoration here: https://www.lacoastalerosion.com/. Next up is Martin Mantz, Coastal Restoration Program Manager at Nunez Community College. He brings on a professor and a few students to talk about their new Coastal Studies and GIS Technology program and other opportunities to build a career in coastal restoration at Nunez. You can learn more on their website: https://www.nunez.edu/academics/coastal-studies-and-gis-technology-450799

Nov 08 2019

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The Economics of Coastal Restoration

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Simone is joined by Dr. Robert Habans, Economist with The Data Center and Dr. Loren C. Scott, President of Dr. Loren C. Scott and Associates, Inc. to discuss new economic reports with relevance on Louisiana's coast. Kristin Tracz, Program Officer with the Walton Family Foundation, joins as a guest co-hosts!

Oct 25 2019

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Barrier Islands with BOEM and Rougarou Fest

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Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your host Jacques Hebert. Today’s guests are Jessica Mallindine, Marine biologist at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Marine Minerals Program, along with John Filostrat, Regional Supervisor for the Office of Public Affairs. In the second half of the show, Jacques is joined by Jonathan Foret, Executive Director of South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center to discuss the upcoming Rougarou Fest, October 26-27 in Houma, Louisiana.

Oct 11 2019

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Talking Coastal Science with Don Boesch

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Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. Today talks with one of the most celebrated coastal scientists in the country, Don Boesch, Professor and President Emeritus at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. They talk about his distinguished career including his time as the first director of LUMCON, and his experience on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010. Jacques is also joined by Victoria Sagrera, Restore or Retreat Special Projects Coordinator to talk about Restore or Retreat’s busy summer.

Oct 04 2019

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Bonus Episode with Shannon Cunniff!

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On today’s bonus episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques sits down with Shannon Cunniff, who recently retired after 27 years working at the heart of environmental policy. Shannon discusses her career highlights, ranging from working for a federal agency at the intersection of water resources and coastal resilience to working for the Environmental Defense Fund and serving as a board member for the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. In this interview Jacques and Shannon talk about her inspirational career – including obstacles she overcame, personal highlights, and advice for future environmentalists. In the final act of the show, Jacques welcomes James Karst, Communication Director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to talk about some of their upcoming work and an exciting partnership with the New Orleans Saints!

Oct 01 2019

42mins

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Coastal Management in Jefferson Parish

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On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we talk with Lauren Averill, Jefferson Parish Coastal Zone Director, and ASPBA Central Gulf Coast Board member. Lauren discusses the history and importance of coastal management in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana’s most populous coastal parish, and highlights a number of restoration projects underway in the parish.

Sep 27 2019

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Celebrating #NationalEstuariesWeek

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On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we’re celebrating #NationalEstuariesWeek! Our friend Kristi Trail, executive director of Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, drops by to talk about one of our favorite estuaries, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin! Learn more about this vital ecosystem and work LPBF is doing to protect it 30 years after the organization's founding. Later in the show, Simone and Jacques are joined by Angela Chalk, executive director of Healthy Community Services to talk about the importance of water management in cities like New Orleans and what YOU can do in your own background or block to help!

Sep 23 2019

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Fishing Louisiana's Coast with Chris Macaluso & Todd Masson

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On this week's episode of Delta Dispatches, we're talking fish! Today’s first guest is Chris Macaluso, Director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He reflects on the state of Louisiana's fisheries after a historic year of Mississippi River flooding. Simone and Jacques also talk with another prolific fisherman, Todd Masson, host of the Marsh Man Masson YouTube channel. In the last segment, Greg Lambousy, Director of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, joins the show to discuss this weekend's Downriver Festival in New Orleans.

Sep 06 2019

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Covering Louisiana's Wild Weather with Steve Caparotta

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On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we talk with Steve Caparotta, meteorologist for WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jacques and Simone are excited to talk to another of Louisiana’s most respected meteorologists. Steve talks about how Louisiana floods, the increase in extreme weather, and how the map of our state has changed. In the final act of the show, we’re joined by David Muth, director of gulf restoration for the National Wildlife Federation. David talks about the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion and how, despite not being designed or operated to build land, the input of sediment over time has resulted in land gain and increased wildlife habitat.

Aug 30 2019

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New Louisiana Poll: 98% Want to Maintain as Much of Louisiana’s Coast as Possible

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On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, hosts Jacques and Simone are joined by Mark Sickle, Corporate and Government Relations for Weeks Marine and Bernie Pinsonat, formerly a partner at ‎Southern Media & Opinion Research, Inc. and now commissions polls for Bernie Pinsonat Inc. Mark kicks off the show to talk about Weeks Marine’s new dredge, which will be used for the upcoming Terrebonne Basin Barrier Island project, which includes West Bell Headlands, Timbalier Island and Trinity East Island. On the second half the show, Bernie joins the show to talk about the results of the recently completed poll of Louisiana voters. This poll found that voters are deeply concerned about the state’s coastal land loss crisis and support coastal restoration efforts to address it. You can read the results of the poll at http://mississippiriverdelta.org/coastal-poll-2019/.

Aug 16 2019

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Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr

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Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches! On this episode, Jacques sits down with Margaret Orr, Chief Meteorologist at WDSU News and a New Orleans institution. Margaret talks about why she became a meteorologist, the unique relationship New Orleans has with weather, and what the increase of extreme weather and rain events means for everyone living in the city. In the final segment of the show, Jacques also sits down with Hansel Harlan from Marsh Dog. After a brief pause in production, your dog’s favorite nutria treats are back. Be sure to listen to find out which stores are stocking the new flavors!

Aug 09 2019

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Debriefing 2019's Unprecedented Mississippi River Flood

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This week on Delta Dispatches, host Jacques Hebert talks with two return guests about the historic flooding of the Mississippi River in 2019. Topics include the Bonnet Carre Spillway, sediment diversions, the dead zone and more! Thanks to Alisha Renfro (Coastal Scientist for the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, NWF), and Natalie Peyronnin Snider (Senior Director, Coastal Resilience, EDF) for stopping by!

Aug 02 2019

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Episode 100 with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

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Thanks for listening to the 100th episode of Delta Dispatches! Jacques and Simone mark this special occasion by sitting down with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to get his thoughts on Hurricane Barry, the state's coastal restoration and protection efforts, and much more!

Jul 26 2019

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By Bw1996!!! - Apr 17 2018
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Very informative and well delivered message. I’m hooked.

Awesome!!

By Sammi Dandy - Mar 28 2017
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Very informative and entertaining! Highly recommend!