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Your Voice is Needed: Why and How to Participate in the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion Scoping Process

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Skip to a section What is ‘Scoping’? How to Attend Mid-Breton Virtual Scoping Meetings How to Participate in Mid-Breton Scoping How to submit your official scoping comments and questions Additional Resources One of the cornerstone projects the State of Louisiana deems most central to the future of the Mississippi River Delta is, after over 35 years of planning, hitting a major milestone. The Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion project is officially in the scoping period, which means the public has an opportunity ...

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Your Voice is Needed: Why and How to Participate in the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion Scoping Process

2 days 7 hours ago

Skip to a section What is ‘Scoping’? How to Attend Mid-Breton Virtual Scoping Meetings How to Participate in Mid-Breton Scoping How to submit your official scoping comments and questions Additional Resources One of the cornerstone projects the State of Louisiana deems most central to the future of the Mississippi River Delta is, after over 35 years of planning, hitting a major milestone. The Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion project is officially in the scoping period, which means the public has an opportunity ...

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Delta Dispatches: Upriver Diversions and the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Also, hello, Pontchartrain Conservancy!

3 days 5 hours ago

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, ...

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Delta Dispatches: Upriver Diversions and the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Also, hello, Pontchartrain Conservancy!

3 days 5 hours ago

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, ...

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The post Delta Dispatches: Upriver Diversions and the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Also, hello, Pontchartrain Conservancy! appeared first on Restore the Mississippi River Delta.

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Electrifying trucks and buses is an opportunity for lasting change, one we can’t afford to miss

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The U.S. is still struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19 and quantify the human and economic consequences of this historic tragedy. But already, leaders are contemplating how we’ll restore our economies. Will we rebuild a replica of what we had, or will we invest in ideas that will make society more resilient, healthier, cleaner […]
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Congress has a plan to fight climate change and build a more just America. Here's what you should know.

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Congress has a plan to fight climate change and build a more just America. Here's what you should know.

Our country is no stranger to hardship. Over the past century, when times were tough, people came together and our government took bold action that guided us toward better days.

Our resilience and penchant for recovery and renewal is part of what defines us as Americans.

Today, we are again facing difficult times. We are fighting through an unprecedented public health pandemic, an economic downturn, and systemic racism and injustice. But just as we have done before, leaders are emerging on Capitol Hill with a bold plan that meets our immediate economic and health crisis while also strengthening our country for all Americans over the long-term.

Representative Kathy Castor, Chairwoman of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and her committee, recently released a report that provides dozens of good ideas for reinvigorating our economy, putting people to work and building the 100% clean economy we need.

Chairwoman Castor and her colleagues understand what it takes to rebuild a better, healthier and more just America.

Solving the climate crisis Read a summary of the report on creating a clean energy economy and a healthy and just America.

Their report gives other Congressional leaders the policy prescriptions to address climate change, and while doing so, build a robust and sustainable economy for American workers, small businesses and future generations.

We know that Black and Latino neighborhoods are burdened with disproportionate impacts from climate and air pollution. That’s why the recommendations in this report seek to promote equity by ensuring these frontline communities are prioritized for clean energy and infrastructure investments. These are important steps: we also need to get serious about reducing toxic pollution in these communities and ensuring that community leaders have an influential voice in the policymaking process.

Solving climate change is not a distant dream or an unachievable goal. Unlike the Trump Administration, the authors of this report listened to scientists in outlining steps we can take today to save our planet from further destruction.

How we can rebuild better

At Environmental Defense Fund, we have long supported the climate solutions highlighted in this report—including aggressively cutting oil and gas methane pollution that is over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to warming in the short term, and promoting and investing in community resilience to better adapt to extreme weather like flooding and drought.

EDF supports robust investment in American clean energy that will create durable, good-paying jobs right away in all 50 states, reduce deadly air pollution and help avert the worst impacts of climate change — which is putting the health and well-being of our communities at extreme risk.

Cleaning up our transportation sector by rolling out more electric vehicles such as buses and medium- and heavy-duty trucks will help curb climate pollution, create good manufacturing jobs and reduce health impacts in neighborhoods that have, for too long, suffered far more than their share of air pollution. It’s also critical that we power our fleet of electric vehicles with clean power, so I’m pleased that the Special Committee is also recommending the electricity sector move aggressively toward renewable energy.

A launch point to a 100% clean economy

The Select Committee took the time to dissect nearly every facet of our economy, and as a result, this report can serve as a launch point to achieve a 100% clean economy by midcentury—meaning that we don’t release any more climate pollution into our atmosphere than we can remove.

Securing a 100% clean economy by 2050 is consistent with what scientists tell us is needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. That is why it is time to get to work.

This proposal emphasizes many points of bipartisan agreement, such as investing in American innovation, promoting domestic manufacturing, and rewarding the job-creators who successfully drive us towards a clean future.

Chairwoman Castor and the committee, with strong support from Speaker Pelosi, created the plan we need to defeat the climate crisis. Now it is time for our elected leaders to turn this report into legislative action and help America emerge from this economic recession stronger, healthier, and safer.

Environmental Defense Fund, our members, and our partners across the country are more than ready to do our part.Once again, it’s time to rise to the occasion and rebuild a better America.

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Amid More Frequent Bonnet Carré Spillway Openings, Upriver Diversions Can be a Solution

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The unprecedented  2019 Mississippi River flood was a stark reminder of the need to rethink the management of our rivers and how we confront a future with more water coming to Louisiana from the rest of the country. In the last five years, the Army Corps has opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway (BCS) five times to relieve pressure on Mississippi River levees that protect one million people in Southeast Louisiana.  To identify actionable solutions to confront this new normal, we ...

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Amid More Frequent Bonnet Carré Spillway Openings, Upriver Diversions Can be a Solution

2 weeks 4 days ago

The unprecedented  2019 Mississippi River flood was a stark reminder of the need to rethink the management of our rivers and how we confront a future with more water coming to Louisiana from the rest of the country. In the last five years, the Army Corps has opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway (BCS) five times to relieve pressure on Mississippi River levees that protect one million people in Southeast Louisiana.  To identify actionable solutions to confront this new normal, we ...

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The post Amid More Frequent Bonnet Carré Spillway Openings, Upriver Diversions Can be a Solution appeared first on Restore the Mississippi River Delta.

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