Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall covers environmental issues for The Lens, with a special focus on coastal restoration and wetlands. While at The Times-Picayune, his work chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana’s wetlands was recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes and other awards. In 2012 Marshall was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Loyola University School of Communications Den of Distinction. He can be reached at (504) 232-5013.

Recent posts

Katrina’s deadly lessons led to improvements in evacuation process

This evacuation spot at Palmer Park on Claiborne Avenue is one of 17 designated pick-up points across the city.

Today when a hurricane turns toward the Louisiana coast, it kicks off a comprehensive $2.5-million-per day evacuation system designed to move up to 46,000 residents who lack transportation from New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. It will use as many a 700 chartered highway coaches as well as airliners. And yes, pets are included in the plan.

Best-ever levee system is here to protect property, not lives, experts warn

A new, stronger levee and flood wall protects the Lower 9th Ward from the Industrial Canal. This was the section that failed after Hurricane Katrina, letting a barge float through and flooding the working-class neighborhood and washing away home.

Of all the questions being asked about New Orleans’ progress 10 years after the disaster that killed nearly 1,500 residents and clouded its future, the most persistent has been this: Is it safer now? Interviews with storm experts resulted in answers filled with caveats. The best summation: It’s safer for houses, but not necessarily for the people who live in them.

Water and subsidence: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure”

Roelof_Mirabeau south side

New Orleans leaders long believed that the city’s safety lay in draining the soggy mud sponge it was built on. But as it drained, it also shrank, pulling most of the city below sea level. Officials now say the best way to control the damage roiling the area is by keeping that sponge full. First, they need a way to monitor what’s happening below.