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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  • Coastal Conversation with Congressman Garret Graves

    April 2nd, 2018  |  44 mins 48 secs

    On today’s Delta Dispatches, Congressman Garret Graves stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about how Rep. Graves supports Louisiana’s coastal issues through his various congressional committees. He also talks about the challenges and opportunities of the Louisiana coastal region to be a world leader in community resiliency.

    Scott Kirkpatrick, President of the Coast Builders Coalition, also joins the show to talk with Simone & Jacques about Coastal Day at the Louisiana legislature, The Coast Builders Coalition and project hotlists.

  • The Conservation History of Tabasco

    March 26th, 2018  |  41 mins 44 secs

    On today’s show Stacy Ortego, Outreach Coordinator, Louisiana Wildlife Federation joins the program to talk about LWF coastal work and their upcoming informational meeting on the River Reintroduction in Maurepas Swamp project on Monday, March 26th. Then Jacques and Simone are joined by Shane Bernard, Tabasco Historian, to talk about his role at Tabasco, his book that details the history of Tabasco and company's history with conservation in South Louisiana.

  • From the Chenier Plain to Cheniere Caminada

    March 16th, 2018  |  42 mins 14 secs

    On today’s show Laurie Cormier, Police Jury’s Assistant Planner & Coastal Zone Manager for the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, joins the program to talk about her role on the CPRA board, and what’s special about the Chenier plain and more! Dr. John Doucet, Dean of the College of Sciences at Nicholls State University, stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about Acadian Genetics and the history of Cheniere Caminada.

  • Journalism Spotlight: Reporting The Drowning Coast

    March 9th, 2018  |  42 mins 8 secs

    On this special episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques sit down with two members of the collaborative journalism project “The Drowning Coast." First up, John Schwartz, Science Reporter for the New York Times joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about the reporting that went into this project as well as what other areas are facing environmental challenges other than Louisiana. In the second half the show, Mark Schleifstein, Enivironmental reporter from the Times-Picayune stops by to talk with Simone & Jacques about the local feedback from the “The Drowning Cast”, Mayor Kerner, what’s next for Times-Picayune Coastal Desk and more!

  • Communicating the Environment with Dr. Bob Thomas

    March 2nd, 2018  |  45 mins 3 secs

    On today’s show Bob Thomas, Director & Professor, Loyola Center for Environmental Communication, joins Jacques & Simone to talk about the Loyola Center, Loyola’s Institute on Environmental Communications program, how coastal issues bridge the gap with bipartisan support and more! Then, Rebecca Triche, Executive Director of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about the upcoming Louisiana Conservation Awards.

  • Funding Restoration through CWPPRA

    February 23rd, 2018  |  44 mins 12 secs

    On today’s show Brad Inman, Senior Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District Experience joins the show to talk with Jacques & Simone about his background, what initiatives the Corps has on its plate, Sediment diversions and more! Renee Bennett, Coastal Resources Scientist Manager at CPRA stops by to talk with Simone & Jacques about The Caminada Back Barrier and other projects that the CPRA are involved in currently.

  • A Full Tour of the Bayou

    February 16th, 2018  |  44 mins 53 secs

    On today’s show Ben Malbrough, Executive Director of Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about Bayou Lafourche & the Freshwater District, its history and also the new salt water control structure being completed for the bayou. Alma Robichaux, BTNEP Outreach Coordinator joins the program to talk with Simone & Jacques about her background, BTNEP, her role and their event, the annual Bayou Lafourche CleanUp on March 10th. Finally, Ryan Perque, Executive Director, Friends of Bayou Lafourche talks with Jacques & Simone about Friends of Bayou Lafourche, their event, “St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou” near downtown Thibodaux on Saturday, March 17th.

  • Turtle Cove, Recycling Christmas Trees and Frozen Pipes

    February 9th, 2018  |  40 mins 8 secs

    On today’s show Simone & Jacques talk with Rob Moreau, Manager of Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, Southeastern Louisiana University about Turtle Cove, their programs and why the Manchac Swamp & Maurepas landbridge are so important. Brady Skaggs, Water Quality Program Director, LPBF also joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about why so many people in New Orleans were affected by the recent stint of cold weather, what everyone needs to do to better live with water & make ourselves more resilient, green infrastructure and more!

  • Chatting Culture: Dirty Coast, Rougarou Fest & Mardi Gras

    February 2nd, 2018  |  42 mins 58 secs

    On today’s show Blake Haney, Creator/Owner of Dirty Coast & Creative Director at joins the show to talk with Jacques & Simone about all the innovative designs and great messages Dirty Coast has with their products. On the second half the show, Jonathan Foret, Executive Director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center stops by to talk with Simone & Jacques about his background, the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, funds and awareness at all of their events being centered on coastal literacy & environmental education, the Youth Wetlands Summit and more!

  • The Center for River Studies

    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!

  • The 2018 Annual Plan

    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.

  • Starting 2018 on a Hopeful Note

    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.

  • Recapping A Big Year in Coastal Restoration

    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.

  • Advancing Coastal Restoration & the Christmas Bird Count

    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.

  • Coastal Innovators

    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!

  • Reviewing Our Coastal Master Plan Projects

    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.