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

BP settlement brings unprecedented money to coastal restoration efforts

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig triggered the massive oil spill for which BP faces billons in fines.

Provisions in federal law and the $20.8 billion court agreement say that most of Louisiana's expected $8 billion influx has to be spent on restoration of environment. That allays long-held fears the big payday would set off a feeding frenzy among politicians for projects unrelated to the coast.

Experts: Talk now about drastic changes, or deal with coastal crisis later

The Studio Misi-Ziibi Team would move the mouth of the river to West Pointe a la Hache, dredge a new, deeper shipping channel west into Barataria Bay and eventually abandon the communities to the south.

The mouth of the Mississippi River should be moved north and communities downriver eventually will have to be abandoned if other parts of southeast Louisiana are to have a future into the next century. Those were among the more startling recommendations proposed by the teams of coastal engineering and sustainability experts from around the world.

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.