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.