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.
October 11th, 2019 | 41 mins 16 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your host Jacques Hebert. Today’s guests are Jessica Mallindine, Marine biologist at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), along with John Filostrat, Regional Supervisor for the Office of Public Affairs. In the second half of the show, Jacques is joined by Jonathan Foret, Executive Director of South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center to discuss the upcoming Rougarou Fest, October 26-27 in Houma, Louisiana.
October 4th, 2019 | 42 mins 53 secs
Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches, with your hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. Today talks with one of the most celebrated coastal scientists in the country, Don Boesch, Professor and President Emeritus at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. They talk about his distinguished career including his time as the first director of LUMCON, and his experience on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010. Jacques is also joined by Victoria Sagrera, Restore or Retreat Special Projects Coordinator to talk about Restore or Retreat’s busy summer.
October 1st, 2019 | 42 mins 27 secs
On today’s bonus episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques sits down with Shannon Cunniff, who recently retired after 27 years working at the heart of environmental policy. Shannon discusses her career highlights, ranging from working for a federal agency at the intersection of water resources and coastal resilience to working for the Environmental Defense Fund and serving as a board member for the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. In this interview Jacques and Shannon talk about her inspirational career – including obstacles she overcame, personal highlights, and advice for future environmentalists. In the final act of the show, Jacques welcomes James Karst, Communication Director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to talk about some of their upcoming work and an exciting partnership with the New Orleans Saints!
September 27th, 2019 | 45 mins 49 secs
On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we talk with Lauren Averill, Jefferson Parish Coastal Zone Director, and ASPBA Central Gulf Coast Board member. Lauren discusses the history and importance of coastal management in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana’s most populous coastal parish, and highlights a number of restoration projects underway in the parish.
September 23rd, 2019 | 42 mins 40 secs
On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we’re celebrating #NationalEstuariesWeek! Our friend Kristi Trail, executive director of Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, drops by to talk about one of our favorite estuaries, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin! Learn more about this vital ecosystem and work LPBF is doing to protect it 30 years after the organization's founding. Later in the show, Simone and Jacques are joined by Angela Chalk, executive director of Healthy Community Services to talk about the importance of water management in cities like New Orleans and what YOU can do in your own background or block to help!
September 6th, 2019 | 42 mins 51 secs
On this week's episode of Delta Dispatches, we're talking fish! Today’s first guest is Chris Macaluso, Director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He reflects on the state of Louisiana's fisheries after a historic year of Mississippi River flooding. Simone and Jacques also talk with another prolific fisherman, Todd Masson, host of the Marsh Man Masson YouTube channel. In the last segment, Greg Lambousy, Director of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, joins the show to discuss this weekend's Downriver Festival in New Orleans.
August 30th, 2019 | 41 mins 43 secs
On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we talk with Steve Caparotta, meteorologist for WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jacques and Simone are excited to talk to another of Louisiana’s most respected meteorologists. Steve talks about how Louisiana floods, the increase in extreme weather, and how the map of our state has changed. In the final act of the show, we’re joined by David Muth, director of gulf restoration for the National Wildlife Federation. David talks about the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion and how, despite not being designed or operated to build land, the input of sediment over time has resulted in land gain and increased wildlife habitat.
August 16th, 2019 | 43 mins 14 secs
On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, hosts Jacques and Simone are joined by Mark Sickle, Corporate and Government Relations for Weeks Marine and Bernie Pinsonat, formerly a partner at Southern Media & Opinion Research, Inc. and now commissions polls for Bernie Pinsonat Inc. Mark kicks off the show to talk about Weeks Marine’s new dredge, which will be used for the upcoming Terrebonne Basin Barrier Island project, which includes West Bell Headlands, Timbalier Island and Trinity East Island. On the second half the show, Bernie joins the show to talk about the results of the recently completed poll of Louisiana voters. This poll found that voters are deeply concerned about the state’s coastal land loss crisis and support coastal restoration efforts to address it. You can read the results of the poll at http://mississippiriverdelta.org/coastal-poll-2019/.
August 9th, 2019 | 49 mins 11 secs
Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches! On this episode, Jacques sits down with Margaret Orr, Chief Meteorologist at WDSU News and a New Orleans institution. Margaret talks about why she became a meteorologist, the unique relationship New Orleans has with weather, and what the increase of extreme weather and rain events means for everyone living in the city. In the final segment of the show, Jacques also sits down with Hansel Harlan from Marsh Dog. After a brief pause in production, your dog’s favorite nutria treats are back. Be sure to listen to find out which stores are stocking the new flavors!
August 2nd, 2019 | 53 secs
This week on Delta Dispatches, host Jacques Hebert talks with two return guests about the historic flooding of the Mississippi River in 2019. Topics include the Bonnet Carre Spillway, sediment diversions, the dead zone and more! Thanks to Alisha Renfro (Coastal Scientist for the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, NWF), and Natalie Peyronnin Snider (Senior Director, Coastal Resilience, EDF) for stopping by!
July 26th, 2019 | 37 mins 32 secs
Thanks for listening to the 100th episode of Delta Dispatches! Jacques and Simone mark this special occasion by sitting down with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to get his thoughts on Hurricane Barry, the state's coastal restoration and protection efforts, and much more!
June 28th, 2019 | 42 mins 9 secs
Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches! In today’s episode, hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz dive deep into the Mississippi River with Tristan Baurick to discuss his 5 part investigative series about the Upper Mississippi River. From the Headwaters in Minnesota to Davenport, Iowa, Tristan focused on stories of different ways we’ve tried to control the Mississippi River. At the end of the show, Melissa Mylchreest, associate director at the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources to talk about the importance of environmental journalism and how IJNR provides immersion training programs for environment and natural resource journalists.
May 31st, 2019 | 44 mins 48 secs
Thanks for listening to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches. Today’s first guest is frequent guest Dr. Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist with the National Wildlife Federation! Jacques and Alisha talk at length about the current state of the Mississippi River. They cover everything from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the Old River Control Structure and the upcoming (and historic) opening of the Morganza Spillway. In the final segment, Rachel Rhode, Analyst for Coastal Projects and Programs for the Environmental Defense Fund joins the program to discuss several topics including the anatomy of a delta.
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.