May 2011

1390 pounds of garbage removed from Bayou Chico

Our Bayou Bash, get out the Trash event th is past weekend was a 

Thursday Gumbo

One year after the BP oil disaster, communities all across the Gulf Coast are still being impacted in the form of an emerging health crisis. This week 154 environmental, fishing, chemical reform, and community groups demanded public health action in the wake of the BP oil disaster.

In a letter sent to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, 154 different groups asked for:

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Helps Protect the Gulf and Supports Save Our Gulf

On June 21, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy will present "There Is No God" b/w "God Is Love"  the new single from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and features the musical talents of Emmett Kelly, Ben Hall, Pete Cummings, Peter Townsend, Billy Contreras, Cassie Berman and Rachel Korine. The songs were recorded by Mark Nevers and mastered by Paul Oldham.

The Mississippi River and Oil Pollution

One of the reasons people from other parts of the country move to Southern Louisiana are the colorful Tennesse Williams-esque characters scattered among the swamps and bayous. The Mississippi River is one of those characters. New Orleans would be nothing without this friend and foe. This weekend the River will crest at its highest peak in Louisiana since 1927 after weeks of flooding town after town nestled on its banks.

Letter to Administrator Jackson and Secretary Sebelius

Lisa Jackson
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Chair, Eco-System Restoration Task Force
United States Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20460

Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

May 24, 2011

Dear Administrator Jackson and Secretary Sebelius,

154 Environmental, Fishing, Chemical Reform, and Community Groups Demand Public Health Attention in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster

A diverse coalition of 154 groups, including Waterkeeper Alliance, United Houma Nation, Association of Family Fishermen and 69 different Waterkeepers organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of community members around the country, Mexico and China, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Jackson and HHS Secretary Sebelius demanding action on the growing public health crisis on the Gulf Coast.

One More Dead Dolphin

The following is an update from Tracy Kuhns from Louisiana Bayoukeeper in Barataria Bay, LA

Update and Ground Patrol from Louisiana Environmental Action Network and Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper

Written by Wilma Subra, Paul Orr and Michael Orr 
May 20, 2011. LEAN and Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper have been following the Mississippi Flooding as it reaches Southern Louisiana.

The Bonnet Carré Spillway is located on the Mississippi River 28 miles above New Orleans, adjacent to the community of Norco. The spillway diverts Mississippi River water into Lake Pontchartrain with the flow going through Lake Borne to the Gulf of Mexico.

Will polluted sediments be allowed in BP restoration projects?

Just before the first round of restoration money is to come to Florida (and will (well, should) be spent primarily in the first 4 counties in the panhandle) our lovely Department of Environmental Protection released the attached memo, essentially stripping away power to regulate these Beach resoration projects!! Should you want to read further, a link to the PEER website (first to break the story) is here: http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php? I have also attached the FDEP memo, for your info.

Keep pesticides out of our waterways!

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