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Mississippi River’s newest distributary in danger of being closed

3/18/2013 // By Emily Guidry Schatzel

Last year during Mardi Gras, the Mississippi River carved a small outlet through its bank and found a shorter route to the Gulf of Mexico.This was the river’s way of naturally reconnecting with its surrounding wetlands — a natural delta process […] Read more >

An oiled brown pelican floats in the Gulf during the height of the 2010 oil spill. Photo credit:  Louisiana Governor's office.

BP’s Gulf Oil Spill Trial 101: A Primer

3/1/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

This week was the start of the Deepwater Horizon disaster trial. Remember the start of the disaster itself? Initially, BP was downplaying, denying, and hiding the awful truth: that crude oil, natural gas, and methane hydrates were gushing into one […] Read more >

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Speak Up for Gulf Dolphins—Make Sure BP’s Oil Spill Fines Are Used for Restoration

2/15/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

Do you remember the television show Flipper? You know, that loveable, (not so huggable), extraordinarily intelligent bottlenose dolphin that lived off the coast of Florida? Well, NOAA says that the Gulf’s bottlenose dolphins population began to decline right before the […] Read more >

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Eco-Schools Closing the Achievement Gap for Hispanic and Economically Disadvantaged Students

2/15/2013 // By Allen Cooper

Asked about the outdoor classroom at Perez Elementary, a student said “there are rocks that we don’t have in the classroom, there are plants, and there’s a creek that we definitely don’t have in the classroom.” Perez Elementary School, a […] 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 >

A white heron with a tiny catch. Flickr photo by Marc Banks.

NWF Urges Justices to Maintain Florida Wetlands Protections

1/14/2013 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

This week the U.S. Supreme Court hears another case challenging protections for wetlands: Koontz v. Saint John’s River Water Management District. This challenge, brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation and a landowner named Coy Koontz, intentionally pits Florida’s wetland protections […] Read more >

Pelican in flight. Photo by Rick Lewis.

Lagniappe for the Mississippi River Delta—and the Gulf of Mexico

11/20/2012 // By David Muth

Last Thursday began with a buzz of speculation for those of us in the Mississippi River Delta Restoration campaign. The Justice department was going to announce a settlement with BP of the criminal charges arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. […] Read more >

3 Ways to Help Manatees in Florida

10/25/2012 // By Kelly Wagner

Florida manatees are graceful creatures that have fascinated people for centuries, but currently pollution and coastal development are damaging their habitat. Manatees can be found swimming in the warm waterways and coastline of Florida, eating sea grass for up to […] Read more >

3-mile Oil Slick in the Gulf Confirmed as BP Oil from 2010 Spill

10/11/2012 // By NWF

Thought the 2010 Gulf oil disaster was over? Think again. A 3-mile oil slick detected in the Gulf last month has been confirmed as oil from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster, according to Coast Guard reports. The slick illustrates what […] Read more >