Get the science right: Diverting river sediment is key to saving the coast | The Lens – David Muth, who directs the National Wildlife Federation’s Louisiana Coastal Campaign, argues that river diversions are an essential component of our coastal reclamation strategy.
The river’s suspended sediment load, the mud that built so much of the delta, can’t be captured by dredges. It is that mud that we are wasting at the mouth—it’s the plume of sediment we see in satellite photos. There is four times as much mud in suspension in the river as sand on the bottom. While diversions can utilize that suspended sediment, dredging is limited to the sand on the bottom.
Oil & Gas Association president fails to appear in court Tuesday, delaying trial until March 10 | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The trial is over the state Attorney General’s approval of the local levee board’s coastal erosion lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Oil lobbyist Donald Briggs had a doctor’s note attesting to his heart condition, and the judge granted a delay. “This is bizarre, unbelievable and ridiculous behavior by a man who constantly rails against frivolous lawsuits… Now, he is one,” snapped Leo Honeycutt, communications director for Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Research sheds new light on oceanic channel-levee systems | Phys.org – New research on how underwater channel levee systems form may have “far-reaching implication for attempts to locate and safely recover” oil and gas resources.
Government & Politics
Zurik: Some PAC limit violators cough up excess funds – FOX 8 WVUE – “Six politicians have returned a total of almost $300,000 in campaign contributions as a result of our series of investigations. They paid the money back after we detailed how they broke the law. ” Companion story is at NOLA.com.
ALFORD: The Session’s Culture Wars | LaPolitics – Bills on environmental justice, lessening penalties on marijuana and protecting gay workers from discrimination may be filed in the upcoming session, but they might not get much traction in Louisiana’s mostly conservative Legislature. Efforts to raise the state’s minimum wage and repeal The Louisiana Science Education Act face an uphill climb as well.
Pension Funds Sue on a Deal Gone Cold | The New York Times – The New Orleans Firefighters pension invested $100 million in a hedge fund that some claim was operated like a Ponzi scheme. One of the hedge fund’s investments was underwriting “Violet and Daisy,” a film about teenage assassins produced by a relative of the hedge fund. The hedge fund put $8 million from the pension into the film. Total Box office: $17,000.
Jazz Market on to offer N.O. Jazz Orchestra a real home | The New Orleans Advocate – The old Gator’s store in Central City will become “a performance space with a coffee shop, a bar and a digital learning center.”
Controversial French Quarter park arrangement coming to end | The Advocate –
The public agency that runs the French Market and other French Quarter real estate is ending the controversial arrangement governing Edison Park, a Bourbon Street property that it leases for $1 a year to a nonprofit group that’s been making about $138,000 annually in rent from a café that operates there under a sublease.
Five more lawmakers release Tulane University scholarship forms | WWL-TV — “The forms – which have now been provided to WWL-TV and The Advocate by 10 of the Legislature’s 144 members – show whether recipients of the full-ride Tulane scholarships are related to an elected official. The media organizations have sent letters requesting the forms from every legislator in the state.”
Franklin faculty debate proper role of a newly created board committee on academics | The Lens – Should a board committee set academic goals for Ben Franklin High school, or is that for teachers and staff to decide?
Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office omits job descriptions in seeking extra pay for deputies | The Lens – The state pays deputies involved in law enforcement an extra $500 per month. To get the money, sheriffs must fill out a form showing that the employees aren’t administrative or clerical employees. Sheriff Marlin Gusman, however, submits a different form that doesn’t specify how much law enforcement work the deputies do.
After 7 years, Sheriff Marlin Gusman announces end of ‘temporary’ tents | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Gusman called the dismantling of the tents a “momentous occasion” in the history of the city jail.