After decades of lawsuits and organizing, the New Orleans community living atop a Superfund site are beginning to see responses from the city in their fight for relocation.
New Orleans loses and estimated 40 percent of clean water during distribution. Big Easy Magazine explores the context of water shortages and water affordability
We all know people who refuse to drink the tap water in New Orleans. Are they right? “I want to see where it ends,” said a friend from Minnesota, a curious excitement in her blue eyes. We were walking towards Crescent Park so that she could see the end of the 2,320 mile-long Mississippi River. Missisipi […]
A Deeper Dumpster Dive Last month, while looking into waste and recycling in New Orleans, multiple friends and bedfellows alike told me the same thing – the city trashes its recycling. They each claimed, with high degrees of certainty, that they had seen city garbage trucks picking up residents’ recycling bins and throwing them into […]
The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has its fair share of troubles. An eroded, distrustful relationship with the people of the city, ongoing budget problems, and a contentious partnership with the Civil Service Department are just a few challenges facing the utility. But while S&WB’s new executive director Ghassan Korban is committed to fixing […]
Tropical Storm Gordon is an uncomfortable and unwelcome reminder that we’re in the middle of hurricane season. So, now is as good a time as any to go over some reminders about the best places to get information when a tropical storm or hurricane is approaching the area. While most TV and radio weather forecasts […]
New Orleans has set ambitious goals for minimizing litter and diverting half of all waste from landfills by 2030. But is this possible for New Orleans to achieve?
Katrina. The name itself still has power. The mention of this storm brings back a complex slew of memories—both horrific and transformative. Because of this, we as a city have a unique, ingrained respect for the power of hurricanes. So sit down—with global temperature increases, hurricanes will be getting worse, much worse.
Joe Boals updates us on New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board issues regarding poor services, mismanagement, and over-billing.
The Mississippi has a 200-year delta cycle, slowly slithering from the Atchafalaya to her current mouth while depositing sediment at the various subdeltas in between. However, the natural freedom of the river had dire consequences for its nearby human inhabitants. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 caused the federal government to respond by contracting the Army Corps of Engineers to build dams and levee systems that constrained the Mississippi to its current location and consequently put an end to the river’s natural cycle.
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