Rank #1: Navigating the High Mississippi River
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
Rank #2: Fisheries
Mar 24 2017
Rank #3: Bonnet Carre's Unprecedented 2019 Opening
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
Rank #4: Unpacking the Latest Science of Coastal Louisiana
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
Rank #5: Engineering of the Mississippi River
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
Rank #6: Sediment Diversions
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
Rank #7: Funding
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
Rank #8: Financing Coastal Restoration Pt. 2
Listen to another special episode of Delta Dispatches. This two-part episode was recorded live from State of the Coast 2018. This panel discussion on the financing of coastal restoration in Louisiana is moderated by Lacy Mcmanus (GNO Inc.) and features Charles Sutcliffe (CPRA), Simone Maloz (Restore or Retreat), Steve Barnes (LSU), and Shannon Cunniff (EDF).
Jun 29 2018
Rank #9: Financing Coastal Restoration Pt. 1
Listen to another special episode of Delta Dispatches. This two-part episode was recorded live from State of the Coast 2018. This panel discussion on the financing of coastal restoration in Louisiana is moderated by Lacy Mcmanus (GNO Inc.) and features Charles Sutcliffe (CPRA), Simone Maloz (Restore or Retreat), Steve Barnes (LSU), and Shannon Cunniff (EDF). Tune in next week to hear the second half of this fascinating conversation!
Jun 22 2018
Rank #10: The Historic Live Oaks of Louisiana
On today’s show William Guion, Photographer with Live Oak Images, joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about why the Live Oak is such an iconic representation of Louisiana, how he became interested in oak trees, how coastal land loss has affected oak trees across the state and more!
Apr 06 2018
Rank #11: New Orleans: A Coastal City
On this episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques speak to a couple of great guests about coastal restoration with Amanda Moore and Arthur Johnson.
First, Simone speaks with Amanda Moore, Deputy Director of The National Wildlife Federation Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, to talk with Simone about the restoration of the Gulf Coast. Then Arthur Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) joins the program to talk with Jacques about the key initiatives of the CSED.
Apr 21 2017
Rank #12: Restoring the Gulf for Birds and People
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Simone Maloz and Jacques Hebert! On today’s show Kara Lankford, Director of Gulf Coast Restoration at National Audubon Society, stops by to about Audubon's latest Comprehensive Gulf Restoration Plan. The report highlights projects and programs critical to helping the region. Later on the show, Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon, Louisiana, joins the show to talk about the elusive Black Rail and why coastal restoration is so important for shorebirds.
Feb 22 2019
Rank #13: The History of LBPF with Kristi Trail
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
Rank #14: A Fishing Guide's View to Louisiana Land Loss
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
Rank #15: Communicating the Coast Pt. 1
Listen to a special episode of Delta Dispatches! Recorded live from State of the Coast 2018, host Jacques Hebert moderates a panel of expert coastal communicators that represent all facets of coastal: the state, NGOs, journalists, and filmmakers! Members of the panel include: Mark Schleifstein (The Times-Picayune), Chuck Perrodin (CPRA), Amy Wold (The Water Institute of the Gulf) and Brian Boyles (Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities). Tune in next week to hear the second half of this fascinating conversation!
Jun 08 2018
Rank #16: Be Prepared: Hurricane Season 2017
Jacques Hebert host solo on today's show. Joining him is Alek Krautmann Meteorologist, New Orleans/Baton Rouge Forcast Office NOOA National Weather Service to talk about about this year's Atlantic Hurricane Season Predictions and how to stay safe this summer. The second guest in today's show is Mike Steele, Communications Director at Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness-State of Louisiana, here to talk about Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness in south Louisiana.
Jun 05 2017
Rank #17: The Louisiana Legislature & the Economic Case for Restoration
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
Rank #18: From Paris to New Orleans: Connecting on Resilience
May 18 2018
Rank #19: Building a Coastal Work Force: Nunez and Fletcher Community Colleges
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. On today's episode, Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor of Fletcher Technical Community College joins the show today to talk about workforce development, coastal literacy, and much more! Dr. Strickland was awarded Educator of the Year by Lafourche Chamber of Commerce at its 2017 Annual Awards Banquet. She's followed by Martin Mantz, Coastal Restoration Program Manager at Nunez Community College who discusses ongoing and upcoming coastal restoration projects.
Mar 15 2019
Rank #20: Coastal Lagniappe: A Sustainable Delta & Environmental Arts
On today’s show Natalie Peyronnin, Director of Science Policy, Mississippi River Delta Restoration stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about the Tulane University study about land loss in the Mississippi River Delta, the importance of sediment diversions being built and living on a smaller & more sustainable delta. Next up, Chris Haines, Treasurer/ Board Member of The Meraux Foundation joins the program to talk about Docville Farms & the Meraux Foundation and its importance. In the final segment, Jeanne Nathan, Executive Director of CANO/Crevasse joins the show to talk about Crevasse – 22, the current “Migration" exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center and more!
Apr 13 2018