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.
January 26th, 2018 | 41 mins 14 secs
On today’s show, Jacques Hebert talks with Rudy Simoneaux, Project Manager, CPRA about The Center for River Studies and the Coastal Connections meetings. Clint Willson, Professor in LSU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Director of LSU Center for River Studies joins the show to talk with Jacques about LSU having class and office spaces at the center for river studies, prior models and how this one is different, what advice he would give to students interested in a career in coastal space and more!
January 16th, 2018 | 42 mins 43 secs
On today’s show Jason Lanclos, Deputy Executive Director, CPRA joins the show to talk with Jacques & Simone about the Annual Plan's role in Louisiana's coastal restoration. On the second half the show, Cynthia Duet, Deputy Director, Audubon Louisiana stops by to her role with Audubon, her experience in state government and the Annual Plan.
January 5th, 2018 | 42 mins 49 secs
On today’s show Steve Cochran, Campaign Director of Restore the Mississippi River Delta joins the program to talk with Simone and Jacques about his Op Ed to start the new year, why financing is important to funding our coastal plan and more. Jimmy Frederick from the Coalition to Restore the Coastal Louisiana joins the program to talk with Jacques and Simone about the upcoming events planned for the CRCL, interviewing Louisiana Congressman, Garret Graves and the state of the coast.
December 22nd, 2017 | 44 mins 27 secs
On today’s show Simone & Jacques celebrate the end of the year by talking with past guests and look back at the success of the Louisiana Coastal Restoration Plan in 2017 and what’s ahead in 2018.
December 18th, 2017 | 54 mins 3 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Simone Maloz & Jacques Hebert. On today’s show Justin Ehrenwerth, President & CEO of the Water Institute of the Gulf joins the program to talk with Jacques about the Restore Council, the opportunities that exist in Louisiana & across the Gulf to advance coastal restoration and his new vision for the Water Institute. Katie Percy, Avian Biologist from Audobon Louisiana stops by to talk with Jacques about The Christmas Bird Count and where people can go to learn more & participate in the CBC.
December 8th, 2017 | 44 mins 29 secs
On today’s show Devyani Kar, Coastal Projects & Programs Manager at Environmental Defense Fund joins the show to talk with Jacques & Simone about The Whiskey Island Project and what’s in store for the Louisiana Coast in the next 5 years. Shannon Cunniff, Director of Coastal Resilience, EDF stops by to talk with Simone & Jacques about the meeting CPRA will be holding on December 13th, outcome-based performance contracts, pay for performance contracts and more!
November 17th, 2017 | 44 mins 43 secs
On today’s show Simone & Jacques are talking about the new report from Restore the Mississippi River Delta "Recommendations for Coastal Restoration Projects and Programs in Louisiana." To highlight some of the projects, they are joined by Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist at National Wildlife Federation and Erik Johnson, Director of The Bird Conservation at Audubon Louisiana.
November 14th, 2017 | 43 mins 20 secs
On today’s show John Lane and Jerry Graves from the St. Bernard Parish Coastal Division join Jacques and Simone to talk about the progress on the rebuilding and coastal front, particularly since Hurricane Katrina in St. Bernard Parish, The Biloxi Marsh Oyster Reef restoration, the Chandeleur Islands & the efforts to restore these islands, their event "Cook-Off for the Coast" on November 18th and much more!
October 27th, 2017 | 41 mins 56 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. On today’s show Brad Miller, Project Manager with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority joins Jacques and Simone to talk about the Maurepas freshwater diversion project and and other coastal restoration projects he’s helping to coordinate across the state. The second guest on today's show is Rebecca Triche, Executive Director, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, who's here to talk about the great work the Louisiana Wildlife Federation is doing, the changes of the Maurepas swamp over the past few years & why this project is important and the CAMO Coalition.
October 20th, 2017 | 44 mins 22 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. On today's special episode, Jacques hosts a panel discussion with the filmmakers of Water/Ways. These four short films about communities facing land loss along Louisiana's imperiled coast.
October 13th, 2017 | 43 mins 13 secs
On today’s show Simone & Jacques sit down to talk with Brian Boyles, Christopher Robert and John Richie from The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. They talk about their new documentary series Water/Ways premiering next week and their other exciting projects that are coming up. Be sure to join them on Wednesday, October 18th from 8:30 – 9:30 pm at The New Orleans Advocate at 840 St. Charles Ave for the world premiere of 4 short films about communities facing land loss along Louisiana’s imperiled coast.
October 9th, 2017 | 44 mins 18 secs
On today’s show Shannon Cunniff, the Director of Coastal Resilience at the Environment Defense Fund joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about environmental impact bonds (EIBs), and how they can save Louisiana money and restore the wetlands sooner. On the second half the episode, Megan Terrell, the Legal Advisor for Coastal Activities at the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities brings a new perspective to talk about EIBs and other coastal restoration financing opportunities.
September 29th, 2017 | 42 mins 39 secs
On today’s show Chris Macaluso, Director of the Center for Marine Fisheries, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about what they do and how the Mississippi River helps create Louisiana's unique habitats and fisheries. Erik Johnson, Director of The Bird Conservation at Audubon Louisiana stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about what birds can be found along Louisiana’s coast, Audubon’s Plants for Birds Program, the Christmas Bird Count and more!
September 22nd, 2017 | 42 mins 53 secs
On today’s show Dr. Theryn Henkel of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Dr. Deb Abibou of CRCL join the program to talk about how people can get involved restoring the coast. From tree plantings to oyster shell recycling programs, here's how you can get get dirty and get to work restoring the coast.
September 15th, 2017 | 42 mins 50 secs
On today’s show Erin Brown of Vanishing Paradise stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about how they advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta by nationalizing the issue, raising awareness, and educating members of Congress. Chef Nathan Richard also joins the program to talk with Simone & Jacques about the Fresh Water Supper at Cavan Restaurant in New Orleans for the Vanishing Paradise, highlighting species that depend on freshwater marsh in coastal Louisiana.
August 25th, 2017 | 41 mins 47 secs
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Simone Maloz & Jacques Hebert.
On today’s show, Simone and Jacques are joined by journalist and author Jim Robbins to talk about his book "The Wonder of Birds" and why sediment is an important part of Louisiana's ecosystem.
On the second half of the show, Alex Kolker speaks about his new paper and why the Cubit's Gap subdelta provides the perfect study site for future river diversion projects.