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

As coastal money flows to parishes, advocates keep wary watch on spending

Plaquemines Parish plans to use money from the RESTORE Act to help bring back Cat Islands. These  mangrove islands were pelican nesting sites in eastern Barataria Bay before the Deepwater Horizon spill. They've been reduced in many places to  open water.

Continuing revenue sharing from offshore oil development and money from BP fines will bring more than $1.5 billion to coastal parishes in the next four decades. State officials hope strong regulation coupled with the prospect of matching money will have parish leaders proposing projects to benefit coastal protection.

New surfaces absorb rain, helping property owners, drivers and environment

The parking lot at Parkway Bakery and Tavern stays dry as the nearby street takes on water in a recent storm.

It's a simple concept: The less rainwater that gets into the city's drainage system, the easier it is on the pumping equipment. And researchers now know that keeping our water table charged helps reduce subsidence. An increasingly common way to address both is the use of surfaces that let water seep through into the ground below.

Fate of Louisiana coast could be determined by Antarctica ice melt

Click on the map above to see more of this interactive graphic at The New Orleans Advocate.

If global temperatures rise less than 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, little will change in Antarctica, which means sea-level rise could be manageable and Louisiana’s coastal plan might succeed. Fail at that goal, and the result could be more than six feet of sea-level rise by 2100, innundating most of Louisiana’s southern third, even with the master plan finished.

Here’s a FEMA map that actually delivers good news for New Orleans

New flood plain map

Green will become the favorite color for thousands of New Orleans property owners when the new FEMA flood maps finally become official at the end of the month. That’s because it codes areas that will move out of flood zones and into areas with no insurance requirements – and the new map shows it washing over large sections of the city.

A water expert’s vision was sign from God that nuns were looking for

Architects of the Mirabeau Water Garden project said green spaces and playing fields will be part of the design  at the 25-acre site leased to the city by the Congregation of St. Joseph for $1 per year over the next 100 years.

A religious order was holding on to a 25-acre piece of prime real estate in Gentilly, waiting for divine indications. Then along came an architect associated with the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. Instead of being sold to developers for tens of millions, the land is now leased to the city for $1 a year.