Delta Dispatches

Discussing Louisiana’s coast, its people, wildlife and jobs, and why restoring it matters.

About the show

As Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) advances its draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the next few months will be critical in the fight to restore Louisiana’s coast. To keep you engaged and informed, we will bring you discussions on important aspects of coastal restoration, the latest coastal news and events, interviews with relevant experts, business and community leaders, and more.

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Episodes

  • CPRA Leader Discusses Hurricane Laura Response

    September 3rd, 2020  |  35 mins 58 secs

    In the wake of the destruction of Hurricane Laura, we sit down with Chip Kline, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities and Chairman of the CPRA Board. Chip talks about the work CPRA is doing to protect the people who call South Louisiana home, what it’s like in Louisiana’s Emergency Center, what he saw when he toured southwest Louisiana, the importance of coastal restoration in the face of future storms and more.

    Please consider helping those affected by Hurricane Laura. We’ve compiled a list of organizations here that you can support to get relief, supplies and more: http://mississippiriverdelta.org/LauraRelief

  • Reflecting on Hurricane Katrina's Legacy

    September 2nd, 2020  |  56 mins 35 secs

    This week we sit down with two guests to reflect on where we've come in the years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. First we talk to Sidney Coffee, who headed the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities in 2005 at the time of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She would go on to be the first chair of the CPRA and has been instrumental in shaping that agency, the Coastal Master Plan, and coastal restoration in Louisiana. Next we welcome Arthur Johnson back to the show. Arthur is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED). Arthur and his organization have played a crucial role in helping communities, such as the Lower 9th Ward, recover and rebuild in the years since Katrina. He reflects on the progress since 2005 and the challenges communities still face in building a more equitable Louisiana for all communities.

    Please consider helping those affected by Hurricane Laura. We've compiled a list of organizations here that you can support to get relief, supplies and more: http://mississippiriverdelta.org/LauraRelief

  • A Coastal Conversation with Rep. Garret Graves

    August 21st, 2020  |  35 mins 52 secs

    On this extra special, lagniappe episode of Delta Dispatches, we welcome Congressman Garret Graves back to the show. We reflect on the coming 15 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and how coastal restoration has played a role in preparing Louisiana for future storms. Rep. Graves also talks about how he sees bipartisan work to create cleaner energy and community resilience in Louisiana.

  • Fragile Grounds

    August 21st, 2020  |  47 mins 16 secs

    This week on Delta Dispatches, we speak with Jessica H. Schexnayder about her book, Fragile Grounds, which compiles stories and photographs of endangered cemeteries throughout Louisiana's coastal zone and beyond. On the second half the show we welcome back Deborah Visco Abibou, Ph.D., restoration programs director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. CRCL is about to install their latest oyster reef as part of their oyster shell recycling program.

  • Checking in on Hurricane Season with Steve Caparotta

    August 12th, 2020  |  50 mins 32 secs

    Thanks for tuning in! Last week, forecasters updated their outlook calling for an 'extremely active' remainder of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Simone and Jacques chat with WAFB Meteorologist Steve Caparotta to get his insights on the update and what is driving it, as well as discuss prior record-breaking seasons and other trends. On the second half of the show, Jacques and Simone discuss a number of coastal updates, including reflecting on the legacy of Dr. Sherwood "Woody" Gagliano, highlighting the ongoing Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion scoping process and unveiling a new coastal community cookbook. Listen now!

  • Scoping Out the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion

    July 10th, 2020  |  54 mins 7 secs

    We're dedicating this entire episode to the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, which is officially in the scoping period. During the scoping period, the public can provide comments and suggest questions about the project that they think should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to ultimately inform how the project moves forward.
    This episode breaks down the scoping process and talks about how you can deliver your comments about the project to the Army Corps of Engineers.

    The official regulatory page can be found here: https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Permits/Mid-Breton-Sediment-Diversion-EIS/

    For more information about the process visit our website: http://mississippiriverdelta.org/your-voice-is-needed-why-and-how-to-participate-in-the-mid-breton-sediment-diversion-scoping-process/

  • Upriver Diversions and the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Also, hello, Pontchartrain Conservancy!

    July 8th, 2020  |  39 mins 31 secs

    Thanks for listening to another episode of Delta Dispatches with Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz! Today we talk with Dr. Ehab Meselhe, Professor, Tulane University, School of Science & Engineering about his illustrious career. He talks about his time studying two of the largest rivers in the world, the Nile and Mississippi. Dr. Meselhe also recently completed a study that looks at the impacts of planned upper river diversions on operations of the Bonnet Carré spillway. Later in the show, we’re joined by Kristi Trail, Executive Director, Pontchartrain Conservancy (née, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation)! She talks about her organization’s new name, mission, and how they’re using science for our coast. Visit their new website here to learn about the new Pontchartrain Conservancy: https://scienceforourcoast.org/

  • Birds of a Feather

    June 18th, 2020  |  40 mins 22 secs

    In this episode of Delta Dispatches, hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz chat with two experts from the Audubon Society. First we talk with frequent guest Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Louisiana. He looks back at the Louisiana’s first named storm of 2020 – Tropical Storm Cristobal. The storm impacted coastal birds across Louisiana and Mississippi’s coast including the newly completed nesting site at Queen Bess Island. In the second half the show, we chat with Charles Allen, Community Engagement Director for the Gulf Coast for the National Audubon Society. He talks about his extensive background working in public health and environmental issues in Louisiana. Charles also reflects on race and racial inequities coming to light in this moment in our nation's history and highlights the importance of uplifting the principles of equity, justice, diversity and inclusion in all the work we do, particularly on efforts to restore and protect Louisiana's coast for all communities.

  • Get a Game Plan

    June 12th, 2020  |  43 mins 3 secs

    On today’s episode, Jacques and Simone talk with their friends and colleagues about being storm ready by Getting a Game Plan. First, they talk Katie Gruzd with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta, who’s talents extend far beyond running a highly efficient and effective campaign, including developing and illustrating a children’s resource to living with water in New Orleans! We are then joined by the wonderful Rubby Douglass from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security who will help you and your family prepare physically and mentally for severe weather, including hurricanes and beyond.

  • Louisiana Coastal Update

    June 5th, 2020  |  40 mins 54 secs

    On today’s episode, Jacques and Simone talk with Emily Vuxton, who is the Policy Director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s (CRCL). Emily talks with Simone and Jacques about the legislation that could impact coastal restoration from the Louisiana Legislature’s 2020 regular session. They also catch up with their oldest and most frequent guest, Dr. Alisha Renfro, staff scientist also with NWF. Alisha reviews a recent Tulane study on the future of coastal land loss in Louisiana.

  • Building Coastal Resilience in Louisiana and Beyond

    May 21st, 2020  |  41 mins 34 secs

    On today’s episode, Jacques and Simone chat with Charles Sutcliffe, Louisiana’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer and member of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities. Charles recently participated in an information exchange convened by Environmental Defense Fund with resilience officers from across the country to discuss strategies that help protect communities, businesses and ecosystems in the face of sea level rise and climate change. Charles discusses the work his team has done to build resilience in Louisiana and highlights some lessons learned from other coastal states. In the second half of the show, Simone chats with Jeannette Dubinin, Director of Coastal Programs for Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) to discuss work her organization has done to help communities build resilience to Louisiana’s changing coast and climate.

  • Louisiana SeaGrant and Louisiana Seafood Direct

    May 15th, 2020  |  44 mins 2 secs

    On this week's episode, Simone and Jacques chat with Dr. Robert Twilley, Executive Director of Louisiana SeaGrant and professor of LSU College of the Coast & Environment, about the latest news from SeaGrant and resources available to the public through their website. They then bring on first-time guest Thomas Hymel, marine extension agent with both the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant, to discuss the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program and Louisiana Seafood Direct, where consumers can get their fresh, delicious Gulf seafood directly from fishers.

  • From Casblanaca to Cocodrie: Coastal Resilience with Dr. Alex Kolker

    May 1st, 2020  |  41 mins 14 secs

    On this week’s show, Simone and Jacques welcome back a favorite guest, Dr. Alex Kolker, Associate Professor with The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Dr. Kolker is recently back from a Fulbright Scholarship in Morocco for his research “Understanding How Sea-Level Dynamics Influence Coastal Processes Along The Moroccan Coast.” Simone and Jacques talk to him about the experience, what challenges are facing the coast of Morocco and highlight any parallels to Louisiana’s coast. They also get Alex’s take on his recent big-screen debut in Last Call for the Bayou and catch up on the latest with Dupre!

  • Rivers of the World

    April 28th, 2020  |  41 mins 33 secs

    On today’s episode, Simone and Jacques recognize the 10th anniversary of the Gulf Oil Disaster and highlight what people are saying about progress and ongoing challenges in the Gulf a decade later. Learn more at http://mississippiriverdelta.org/decade-after-disaster/. They then bring on Laurence C. Smith, the John Atwater and Diana Nelson University Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University, to discuss his new book: RIVERS OF POWER: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World, which explores the underappreciated relationship between rivers and civilization as we know it, and examines the importance this vast, arterial power holds for our present, past, and future.

  • A Decade After Disaster

    April 17th, 2020  |  42 mins 47 secs

    Ten years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, restoring the Mississippi River Delta and its surrounding coastline isn’t just about recovering the wildlife and habitats harmed from the 2010 oil spill; it is ultimately about the opportunity to envision a more sustainable and resilient delta for future generations. On today's show, Simone and Jacques discuss where we are ten years later and highlight progress made on restoration since the spill and opportunities to build on this progress in the years ahead. They are first joined by Greg Grandy, Deputy Executive Director Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, to discuss restoration projects CPRA has completed to help ecosystems and wildlife recover. They then chat with Amanda Moore Deputy Director, National Wildlife Federation, to hear her perspective on the immediate aftermath of the spill and work that she and others have done to help communities recover and become more resilient. Visit mississippiriverdelta.org/decade-after-disaster/ to learn more.

  • Last Call for the Bayou

    April 13th, 2020  |  42 mins 53 secs

    Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. This week we replay a recent episode with the filmmakers Dom and Nadia Gil with Encompass Films to discuss "Last Call for the Bayou" their 5 short documentaries about Louisiana's land loss crisis. Their documentary series is now available to watch free online here: https://watch.smithsonianchannel.com/details/series/last-call-for-the-bayou.