Jacques P. Hebert works as the National Audubon Society’s communications director for the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition. In that capacity, Jacques helps raise awareness to Louisiana’s ongoing environmental land loss crisis, its implications on people, wildlife and the economy, and the restoration solutions available to address it. In the wake of the BP oil spill settlement, Jacques leverages public communications and outreach to build support for large-scale restoration efforts in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast. Prior to joining Audubon, Jacques worked as the Public Affairs Manager at Mother Jones in San Francisco, where he raised awareness to the news organization's reporting and helped elevate its profile. Previously, he worked for five years at Google initially in its advertising department and then on the company's corporate communications team focusing on YouTube. Jacques graduated from Dartmouth College with a dual major in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Jacques is a native son of Louisiana, having grown up in the town of Braithwaite in Plaquemines Parish, where his family had lived for generations and which has also been ground zero for coastal land loss, hurricanes, and the BP oil spill. In 2015, he was selected for and completed Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program along with other area nonprofit leaders. In 2016, Jacques participated in the Institute for Environmental Communication at Loyola University New Orleans. Along with Simone Maloz, he is the co-host of "Delta Dispatches," a weekly radio show and podcast on WGSO 990AM that explores Louisiana's coast, its people, wildlife and jobs, and why restoring it matters.
May 24th, 2019 | 43 mins
Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. On today’s show, our hosts Simone Maloz and Jacques Hebert have a conversation with David Moore, the Aviation Director of SouthWings. SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization that provides a network of volunteer pilots to advocate for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight. David talks about his journey to SouthWings and how you can join their network of pilots! Later in the show Kat Loomis, Outreach Assistant for Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), to talk about their upcoming events including this week’s Shell-A-Bration!
May 17th, 2019 | 46 mins 51 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Simone Maloz & Jacques Hebert. Today’s first guest is Robin Barnes, Executive VP and COO of GNO, Inc. She preview’s GNO, Inc.’s upcoming Everlab conference (June 4th), at the NOPSI hotel. In the second half, Marissa Allweiss Wendte, Development and Membership Director at CRCL joins the show to discuss an upcoming event, the CRCL Shell-A-Bration.
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May 3rd, 2019 | 41 mins 41 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your host Simone Maloz! She’s joined by guest host Chris Cook, Lighthouse Director at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Chris talks about his path to LPBF, his passion for history, and his work at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s historic lighthouse. Chris and Simone also talk about LBPF’s upcoming Beach Sweep and other upcoming volunteer opportunities. Rebecca Triche, Executive Director at the Louisiana Wildlife Federation joins Simone to talk opportunities happening across the coast including the Conservation Leadership Corps.
April 25th, 2019 | 47 mins 2 secs
Today on Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques speak with journalist and author Ken Wells. He talks about his history with both the Houma Courier and Wall Street Journal, how journalism has changed and tells some stories from his years as a journalist. Ken has also written nonfiction books including “Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou." Earlier this month, Ken is now a freelance journalist and wrote an insightful article in U.S. News about Louisiana’s land loss crisis. Later in the show, they’re joined by John Price, regional director of operations with Providence Hotels and The Old No. 77 Hotel in New Orleans to talk about their current promotion with Restore the Mississippi River Delta.
April 18th, 2019 | 41 mins 37 secs
On today's episode of Delta Dispatches with Simone and Jacques are joined by two participants in the second-annual 10X Water Summit. First, they sit down with David Festa, senior vice president, ecosystems at the Environmental Defense Fund to talk about issues of water management from Louisiana to California. Later, they're also joined by Justin Ehrenwerth, president and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf to talk about his work and this year's 10X Summit in Phoenix.
April 5th, 2019 | 40 mins 27 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. Today’s topic is communities and the coast, with special guest Angela Chalk, Executive Director of Healthy Community Services.
March 29th, 2019 | 45 mins 1 sec
Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. This week Simone and Jacques talk with Erin Plitsch of Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. Erin is a Coastal Resources Scientist with CPRA’s Operations Division in New Orleans and also serves as Chair of the Caernarvon and Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion technical working groups.
March 15th, 2019 | 43 mins 34 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. On today's episode, Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor of Fletcher Technical Community College joins the show today to talk about workforce development, coastal literacy, and much more! Dr. Strickland was awarded Educator of the Year by Lafourche Chamber of Commerce at its 2017 Annual Awards Banquet. She's followed by Martin Mantz, Coastal Restoration Program Manager at Nunez Community College who discusses ongoing and upcoming coastal restoration projects.
March 8th, 2019 | 43 mins 2 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. On today’s show, Kristi Trail of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation talks to Jacques and Simone about the unprecedented opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway for the third time in four years. Chip Kline, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) also stops by to talk about the Bonnet Carré opening is an opportunity for people to pay attention to what we’re trying to do in the Master Plan. Finally, Alisha Renfro, National Wildlife Federation, closes the show with a bigger picture conversation about the high water event in the Mississippi River and what to expect next.
February 22nd, 2019 | 43 mins 41 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Simone Maloz and Jacques Hebert! On today’s show Kara Lankford, Director of Gulf Coast Restoration at National Audubon Society, stops by to about Audubon's latest Comprehensive Gulf Restoration Plan. The report highlights projects and programs critical to helping the region. Later on the show, Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon, Louisiana, joins the show to talk about the elusive Black Rail and why coastal restoration is so important for shorebirds.
February 15th, 2019 | 41 mins 11 secs
On today’s show, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham stop by to tell listeners about Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network, which will now be featuring the Delta Dispatches podcast. Listen in to hear all about the work Tyler and Peter are doing for the coast and what’s coming up in Delta Dispatches.
February 11th, 2019 | 42 mins 6 secs
On today’s show Blaise Pezold, Coastal & Environmental Program Manager of the Meraux Foundation joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about what he does for the Meraux Foundation, what a typical day entails, what it was like to help design the Bayou La Loutre Ridge & Marsh restoration project and more! Erin Brown, from National Wildlife Federation’s Vanishing Paradise program also stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about Cook Off for the Coast, duck hunting season and more!
February 1st, 2019 | 44 mins 22 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. They're joined by Lucas Bissett, Fly Fishing Charter Captain of Low Tide Charters, who talks about his role with Low Tide, getting a first-hand view of Louisiana's coastal land loss crisis, and his documentary. Later in the show, they're joined by Ryan Chauvin, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager for Restore The Mississippi River Delta Coalition and National Audubon Society to talk about a new ad that will air during this weekend's big game!
January 25th, 2019 | 43 mins 54 secs
On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques are joined by Eric Carnegie, Owner of Jolie Pearl. He talks about his background, how Jolie Pearl got its start and how oysters differ depending on where they are sourced, off-bottom production and much more! Continuing on the theme of oysters Christa Russell, Restoration Program Assistant with CRCL joins the program to talk with Jacques and Simone about their oyster shell recycling program, what people can expect when they volunteer and the latest stats on the oyster shell program.
January 18th, 2019 | 40 mins 54 secs
On this episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques welcome Mark Davis and Christopher J Dalbom, JD from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. They talk about presenting at January’s CPRA board meeting, some of the biggest legal issues facing Louisiana’s coast, and their upcoming seminar on coastal law and more! Later in the show, they’re joined by the campaign director of Restore the Mississippi River Delta, Steve to talk about CPRA’s announcement regarding the permit for the Mid Breton Diversion on the east bank of the river.
January 11th, 2019 | 41 mins 21 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. Today's first guest is is Bren Haase, executive director of Coastal Progress & Lost Lake at the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). To kickoff the show, Bren looks back at the CPRA's successes in 2018 such as Whiskey Island, Lost Lake, and Center for River Studies. Next, we look ahead to what's next for coastal restoration in 2019. To end the show, Simone and Jacques bring on Kenny Bahlinger, a project manager with CPRA. After talking about Kenny’s role with CPRA, the hosts ask Kenny about the Lost Lake Project and more!