Wednesday, David Muth of the National Wildlife Federation will defend the role of sediment diversions in restoring the coast. And coming Thursday: A live, text-based Web chat with Ricks and Muth in which readers can ask them questions and offer comments.

A legal defeat has left Terrebonne Parish searching for answers in its fight to prevent an oilfield waste storage well from being drilled less than 250 yards from a school, church, playground and one mile from downtown Houma.

Confounding opponents is a lesson learned during the lengthy court battle: If the waste were coming from somewhere other than oil and gas production, the parish would have the authority to stop it.

“This really goes to show just how powerful the oil and gas companies have become,” said Parish President Michel Claudet.”

In Louisiana, groundwater belongs to nobody. Surface water, on the other hand, belongs to the state (or to somebody), and you have to pay to get your share of it. Honoré’s point is that “water is water,” and distinctions between surface and groundwater are archaic and unsupportable scientifically.

Honoré is pushing water-intensive industries in Baton Rouge to use river water rather pumping from the aquifer that supplies drinking water.

Louisiana tracks below the national average when it comes to working households spending at least half of their income on housing, according to a study released this week by the Center for Housing Policy. Yet, while this rate dips nationally, it’s steadily rising in the Pelican State, and even more quickly in the New Orleans-Metairie area.

Multiculturalism shouldn’t be an elective. From early childhood through graduate and professional studies, we all need to understand how race and racism intersect with their cousins of sexism, homophobia, and classism to shape how we see and treat each other.

[Mitch Landrieu] acknowledges that the new practices are not a guarantee against graft. … Transparency is one goal, he says, but so are efficiency and accountability: He wants the people running things and selecting contractors to know they could lose their jobs if those selected don’t perform.

Critics of the Jindal administration say the governor’s $25 billion proposal to pay the bills next year includes a good bit of “money laundering.”

“In Zachary, where I grew up, we would call this bull****,” State Treasurer John N. Kennedy, said of the accounting gimmicks the administration used this year and over the past few.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...