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BP and the Coast Guard have recently announced an end proactive patrols of the Gulf Coast in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Photo by Corey Balazowich.

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Reminds Us the Oil Spill is Not Over

6/27/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

CNN is reporting that a 165-foot by 65-foot tar mat has been found in shallow water off a Louisiana barrier island beach. While the tar mat is ‘only’ 15 percent oil and 85 percent sand, shells and water, the entire […] Read more >

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Shortsighted Senate Water Bill Will Damage Rivers and Wildlife, Fleece Taxpayers

5/15/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Today, the Senate voted 83-14 to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, S.601. Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said in response: This shortsighted bill will leave Americans at greater risk of flooding, damage […] Read more >

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Water Resources Development Act Expensive, Damaging

5/13/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Senate set to vote on Water Resources Development Act this week Today, spokespeople representing three different backgrounds and perspectives offered up their opinions of the Water Resources Development Act (S.601), which is scheduled for a cloture vote at noon Tuesday […] Read more >

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Dolphin Deaths in the Gulf Three Years After Oil Spill

4/2/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

More than 650 dolphins have been found stranded in the oil spill area since the Gulf oil disaster began. This is more than four times the historical average Read more >

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Speak up for River Otters in Louisiana’s Mardi Gras Pass

1/23/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Last year during Mardi Gras, the Mississippi River did something perfectly ordinary and yet utterly extraordinary: it carved a small outlet in its eastern bank and found a shorter route to the Gulf of Mexico. Shortly after, river otters began […] Read more >

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Deepwater Horizon: 1,000 Days Later

1/15/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

It has been 1,000 days since the BP-operated oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, gushing millions of barrels of crude oil into a body of water that supports countless ecosystems and economies. Below is a timeline of major […] Read more >

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Gulf Dolphins are Still Dying—Don’t Let BP Off Easy

11/16/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

Two and a half years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sent more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, dolphins across the northern Gulf of Mexico are still dying in high numbers. Yesterday, BP agreed to […] Read more >

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Will Alligators Return to the Central Wetlands?

10/8/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

49K activists from across the country have made restoration a real possibility.  New Orleans’ Central Wetlands were once a flourishing cypress swamp, home to a dizzying array of fish and wildlife, including alligators and hundreds of species of migrating birds. […] Read more >

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Surveying Hurricane Isaac’s Impacts

9/5/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

Story and photos by Jared Serigné. The Delacroix Island where my grandfather was raised will never exist again. I’m okay with that. I’ve come to terms with it. I love Delacroix for what it is now, and that’s exactly why […] Read more >

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Study: Unusual Dolphin Deaths Linked to Gulf Oil Spill

7/27/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

A new study in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that a “perfect storm” of events contributed to the unusual numbers of dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico. This study looks specifically at the strandings between January and April of 2011–a […] Read more >